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Alexandria skiing teams compete well in Detroit Lakes Invite

The Alexandria Nordic Skiing teams had strong placements Thursday in the Detroit Lakes Invite with the boys finishing sixth and the girls finishing fourth

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Then-freshman Jaelyn Miller skis during a meet at Detroit Lakes on March 2, 2021. Miller finished ninth in the varsity girls classic at the Detroit Lakes Invite on Jan. 13, 2022. Forum News Service file photo

DETROIT LAKES – The Alexandria Nordic Skiing teams finished well in the Detroit Lakes Invite Thursday at the Maplelag Resort.

With four top 25 finishes in the varsity 9K continuous pursuit race, the Alexandria girls finished fourth out of eight varsity girls teams.

Jaelyn Miller finished ninth with a time of 35:47, while Kasey Soderholm finished 17th with a time of 37:10.

Bobbi Nichols and Lauren Englund finished neck and neck with one another. Nichols slightly edged out Englund, finishing 23rd with a time of 37:49, while Englund finished in 24th with a time of 37:53.

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Alexandria senior Lauren Englund skis at the Detroit Lakes Invite on Jan. 13, 2022 where she finished 24th in the 9-K continuous pursuit race with a time of 37:53. That helped the Cardinals to a fourth-place finish in the varsity race. Contributed photo

Rounding out the times for Alexandria in the varsity girls classic, Lauren Huber finished 29th (38:27), Mackenzie Jurchenko finished 31st (38:43), Teresa Bitzan finished 32nd (38:45), Amanda Bergerson finished 38th (39:54) and Amelia Lucken finished 39th (39:54)

Alexandria put two skiers in the top 30 on the boys side, which gave it a sixth place finish in the boys varsity pursuit race.

Spencer Chinn finished with the best time for Alexandria. He placed 24th with a 33:28 time, with Max Chinn following shortly after in 31st (34:28).

Matthew Johnson finished in 48th place (37:43), Cyler Coauette finished in 50th place (38:34) and Owen Gilbertson finished in 54th place (40:59).

Alexandria had some strong performances on the JV side of things as well. Emma Hochhalter finished fourth in the JV girls classic (18:22) and Madeline Hochhalter finished eighth (18:48). Luke Walsh led the boys JV skiers with a time of 17:36, finishing 22nd.

Alexandria hosts an invite on Tuesday beginning at 1:30 p.m.

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