Nordic ski: Cardinals finish first and second at Otter Tail Invite


The Alexandria Nordic ski team is finally finding enough snow to get in some competition as the Cardinals went to Spidahl's Ski Gaard in Otter Tail County near Erhard for a six-team meet on Tuesday.

Brainerd, Bemidji, Ottertail, Detroit Lakes and Trek North joined them there as the Alexandria girls finished first as a team, and the boys varsity took second.

Bethany Miller paced the girls as the sophomore finished in second place with a time of 18:56. That was one of four top-10 finishes for the Cardinals as Kaisa Bosek took fourth (19:32), Carli Vrchota was fifth (20:09) and Emma Reineke finished seventh (20:45). Olivia Hagstrom (26th, 25:59) and Kamryn Coauette (30th, 27:08) rounded out the lineup.

Junior Noah Struck paced the Alexandria boys with a fifth-place finish in 16:23. Teammate Jackson Wichtendahl was right behind him in sixth place (16:35). Nolan Christenson finished 13th (18:35), CJ Schlosser 14th (18:39) and Shaun Mateer 15th (18:43). Patrick Lovrien rounded out Alexandria's lineup in 23rd place (20:23).