Nordic Skiing: Alexandria’s Jaelyn Miller makes state again

The Alexandria girls placed fourth at the Section 8A meet, while the boys placed seventh. 12 teams competed at the meet.

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Alexandria's Jaelyn Miller skies to a third place finish at the Section 8A meet on Feb. 8, 2023, at Maplelag Resort. This finish led her to qualify for her third state meet.
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For the third time, Alexandria’s Jaelyn Miller has qualified for the MSHSL State Nordic Skiing meet. This time around, she did so by placing third (36:04) in the girls varsity race Section 8A meet on Wednesday at Maplelag Resort near Callaway.

With her third place finish, Miller is now set to compete in the Class State Meet, which runs on Wednesday, Feb. 15, and Thursday, Feb. 16, at Giant’s Ridge in Biwabik.

Miller placed 37th in last season’s state meet.

Miller’s top-three finish helped the Alexandria girls place fourth as a team (343 points). Brainerd won the meet with 384 points, and Annelise Baird (Brainerd) won the individual race with a time of 34:51.

Mackenzie Jurchenko placed 18th with a time of 37:40, while Kasey Soderholm placed 20th (38:00), Bobbi Nichols placed 21st (38:04), Lauren Huber placed 31st (39:59), while Teresa Bitzan and Madeline Hochhalter placed seventh in the sprint relay.


Ryker Bosek led the boys race with a time of 34:56 and placed 22nd, while Cyler Coauette placed 25th (35:17), and Max Chinn placed 26th (35:19). Rounding out the boys results, Sullivan Rooney placed 31st (36:07), Spenser Chinn placed 32nd (36:08), and Erick Bergerson and Luke Walsh placed sixth in the sprint relay.

Etan Yorke of Little Falls won the boys race with a time of 29:43.

The Alexandria boys placed seventh as a team, with a score of 314. Little Falls won the boys section title with a score of 388.

This section meet was the last meet in high school for the Alexandria seniors.

“We are proud of the races both teams fielded throughout the two days of competition. We would also like to give a big shoutout to our seniors - Ryker Bosek, Spenser Chinn, Lauren Huber, Teresa Bitzan, Amanda Bergerson, Amelia Lucken, Mattie Scholten, Emma Hochhalter, Berg Swanson, and Gabe Hoven,” Alexandria co-head coaches Jackie Stifter and Jeremy Rapp said.


BOYS - 1. Little Falls, 388; 2. Brainerd, 384; 3. Bemidji, 355; 4. Fergus Falls, 348; 5. Moorhead, 347; 6. Sartell/Cathedral, 336; 7. Alexandria, 314; 8. Wadena-Deer Creek, 259; 9. St. John’s Prep, 259; 10. TrekNorth, 253; 11. Willmar, 248; 12. Detroit Lakes, 36

GIRLS - 1. Brainerd, 384; 2. Sartell, 365; 3. Moorhead, 354; 4. Alexandria, 343; 5. Bemidji, 339; 6. Fergus Falls, 332; 7. Detroit Lakes, 331; 8. Little Falls, 312; 9. Willmar, 250; 10. TrekNorth, 205; 11. Wadena-Deer Creek, 168; 12. St. John’s Prep, 102


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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