Alpine skiing: Brink, Gieseke lead teamThe Boys' team was seventh overall in the second meet this year
In just their second race of the season, the Lakes Area Alpine ski boys’ team finished seventh at Giants Ridge in Biwabik on Saturday as they competed in a field of 12 teams.
The two girls on the squad – Katie Gieseke and Madison Neulieb – placed 34th and 64th respectively in the field of 70 skiers.
Wolfgang Brink led the way for the boys’ team with a 10th place finish in 1:19:03 as he competed against 85 other boy skiers.
“We had a few racers that had issues on their second runs, but they will make the adjustments for the next race, and will continue to improve,” said head coach Matthew Brunkow.
Alexandria students Gieseke and Trevor Standskov are part of the Lakes Area team that includes skiers from Fergus Falls, West Central Area, Herman-Norcross, Wheaton and Chokio-Alberta.
Lakes Area will now compete at Welch Village today, Friday.
GIANTS RIDGE, BIWABIK
BOYS’ RESULTS – 10. Wolfgang Brink 1:19:03, 17. James Backman, 27. Patrick Backman, 40. Ross Ellison, 47. Russell Lindahl 47, 50. Trenton Telkamp, 53. Evan Ellison, 59. Andrew Backman.
GIRLS’ RESULTS – 34. Katie Gieseke, 64. Madison Neulieb.
LAKES AREA TEAM MEMBERS
ALEXANDRIA – Katie Gieseke, Trevor Strandskov.
FERGUS FALLS – Madison Neuleib, Riley Mollerud.
WEST CENTRAL – Trenton Telkamp, Mason Gardner.
HERMAN-NORCROSS – Evan Ellison, Patrick Backman, Ross Ellison, James Backman, Andrew Backman.
WHEATON – Wolfgang Brink.
CHOKIO-ALBERTA – Russell Lindahl.