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Nordic Skiing: Alexandria teams place sixth in Brainerd

After a rough couple days of weather, the Alexandria nordic skiing teams were able to compete in Brainerd on Wednesday.

Lauren Huber skiing
Alexandria's Lauren Huber (30th, 22:12.2) skies toward the finish line at Andes Tower Hills on Jan. 18, 2022. Huber placed 21st (47:03) in a meet in Brainerd on Dec. 28, 2022.
By Eric Morken / Alexandria Echo Press
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The Alexandria nordic skiing team faced some good competition in an invite at Brainerd on Wednesday at the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd and saw some success. The varsity boys and girls placed sixth at the invite.

Brainerd, Little Falls, St. Cloud, Willmar, Bemidji, Mora, Sartell-St. Stephen, Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Wadena, St. John's Prep, and TrekNorth were at the invite.

“It was a joy to ski in temps that were 30 to 40 degrees warmer than the prior days,” co-head coach Jeremy Rapp said. “In this competition, varsity was tasked with an 11k continuous pursuit, where skiers would do 5.5K of classic and then switch their skis and do the course again with skate. In addition, there was the varsity sprint relay portion. Junior Varsity competed in a 5.5K skate race.”

In the girls varsity race, Jaelyn Miller placed eighth (43:06), while Kasey Soderholm placed 19th (46:23), and Lauren Huber placed 21st (47:03). Mackenzie Jurchenko placed 22nd (47:05), while Bobbi Nichols placed 24th (47:25), and Teresa Bitzan placed 29th (48:28).

Amanda Bergerson and Amelia Lucken scored seventh overall in the sprint relay. In the boys sprint relay, Erick Bergerson and Cyler Coauette finished sixth.

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In the boys varsity race, Max Chinn placed 24th (41:17), Luke Walsh placed 26th (42:34), and Sullivan Rooney placed 27th (42:47). Ryker Bosek placed 32nd (43:28) and Spenser Chinn placed 34th (43:36).

Atti Hoven placed 33rd in the JV race (26:57), while Nea Hoven placed 47th (29:17) and Lacey Siira placed 49th (29:46). Autumn Ehlert placed 56th (31:38) and Mattie Scholten placed 63rd (37:58).

Sawyer Larson led the boys JV race with a 17th place finish (22:07), while Lars Dahl placed 19th (22:16) and Gabe Hoven placed 24th (22:25). Isaiah Anderson placed 25th (22:27), Elijah Kjolhaug placed 28th (22:49) and Berg Swanson placed 31st (23:18). Sawyer Filipiak placed 33rd (23:31) and Andrew Mayer placed 52nd (26:40).

Alexandria’s next competition is at Mesabi East (Giant’s Ridge-Biwabik) on Jan. 7, 2023, at 10 a.m.

Sam Stuve covers a variety of sports in the Douglas County area. He also is assigned to do some news stories as well.
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