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Cardinals Nordic ski teams finish fourth

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Both the boys and girls Alexandria varsity nordic ski teams finished in fourth place Friday in a continuous pursuit race at the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd.

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The continuous pursuit format called for racers to ski 4.6 kilometers of both the classic and skate techniques. The girls’ team was led by fourth-place finisher Julia Sieling while the boys had two top-10 finishers in Eric Branch and Patrick Flynn.

Sieling’s time of 34:42 gave her a three-second edge over St. Cloud Tech’s Kaethe, who ended up in fifth. Other top finishers for the Cardinals were Ellie Hurlen in 16th place (36:36), Becca Mateer in 20th place (37:19), Lauren Hagstrom in 22nd (38:07) and Britt Hurlen in 24th (38:27).

In the boys’ race, Branch’s time of 29:55 gave him a fifth place finish while Flynn’s time of 30:27 gave him the 10th spot.

Other top finishers for the Cardinals were Carl Branch in 16th (31:16), Casey Call in 31st (33:55) and Sitka Corage in 46th (37:26).

The Cardinals will now prepare for their home invite at Andes Tower Hills tomorrow, Saturday, with the meet set to start at 10 a.m.

MEET RESULTS

TEAM BOYS – 1. Little Falls – 374; 2. St. Cloud Tech – 353; 3. Brainerd – 353; 4. Alexandria – 342; 5. Bemidji – 329; 6. Mora – 318; 7. Detroit Lakes – 306; 8. Willmar – 235; 9. St. Cloud Apollo – 215; St. John’s Prep – 84

TEAM GIRLS – 1. Little Falls – 369; 2. Mora – 359; 3. Brainerd – 344; 4. Alexandria – 342; 5. Bemidji – 281; 6. St. Cloud Apollo – 263; 7. St. Cloud Tech – 249; 8. Detroit Lakes – 152; 9. Ottertail Nordic – 74

ALEXANDRIA BOYS – 5. Eric Branch, 29:55; 10. Patrick Flynn – 30:27; 16. Carl Branch – 31:16; 31. Casey Call – 33:55; 46. Sitka Corage – 37:26; 50. Justin Schmitz – 38:39; 51. Grant Rudolph – 38:40

ALEXANDRIA GIRLS – 4. Julia Sieling – 34:42; 16. Ellie Hurlen – 36:36; 20. Becca Mateer – 37:19; 22. Lauren Hagstrom – 38:07; 24. Britt Hurlen – 38:27; 30. JeAnna Miller – 39:39; 37. Camille Johnson – 42:25

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Blaze Fugina
Blaze Fugina is a sports reporter at the Echo Press. Before working in Alexandria, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May of 2011. He previously worked as the community editor of the Mound Laker for more than a year. You can follow Blaze on Twitter at @BlazeFugina.
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