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Alexandria skiers take part in Mesabi East Invitational

Alexandria was just one of over 50 teams who skied in the Mesabi East Invitational on Saturday

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Ryker Bosek

The Alexandria Nordic skiing teams took the 260-mile trip up north for the Mesabi East Invitational Saturday, with 10 boys and 10 girls competing for Alexandria.

The meet featured more than 50 programs.

“This is a very large meet and gives skiers a good chance to preview the state course and experience a large meet,” Alexandria head coach Jeremy Rapp said. “As this wasn't hosted last season, this was a new experience for many skiers and a remindful experience for coaches.”

Jaelyn Miller finished the best amongst Cardinals’ varsity skiers with a 27th place finish (21:35) in the varsity girls skate. Following not too far behind Miller, Kasey Soderholm placed 45th in the skate race with a time of 22:28, and Amanda Bergerson was 68th (23:45).

In the varsity girls classic, Bobbi Nichols led the Cardinals with a 23:28 time, finishing in 64th place. Lauren Huber was 82nd (24:57), and Dulce Bakker was 85th (25:03).

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Leading the way for the boys was Ryker Bosek with a 20:06 time in the varsity boys classic race, placing him at 76th. Following closely behind, Spenser Chinn finished 81st with a time of 20:22, and Matthew Johnson was 102nd in 22:21.

Max Chinn finished with the second best placement amongst Alexandria boys, finishing 77th in the varsity boys skate race with a time of 20:28. Cyler Coauette was 107th (22:29), and Erick Bergerson was 112th (23:00).

Mackenzie Jurchenko finished best amongst Alexandria JV skiers, finishing 19th (24:55) in the JV girls skate.

Alexandria returns for competition on Thursday in the Detroit Lakes Invite at Maplelag Resort.

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