Nordic skiing: Jaelyn Miller 37th out of 111 skiers at state

Miller wrapped up a standout sophomore season by finishing in a total time of 37:53.9 in the individual pursuit race.

Jaelyn Miller
Alexandria sophomore Jaelyn Miller races to a 37th-place finish out of 111 skiers at the Nordic state meet that took place over the course of two days on Feb. 16 and 17, 2022 at Giants Ridge in Biwabik. Miller finished in a total time of 37:53.9 in the pursuit race.
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BIWABIK — Alexandria sophomore Jaelyn Miller wrapped up a standout sophomore season in Nordic skiing on Thursday by taking 37th in the individual pursuit race out of 111 skiers.

Miller qualified from the Section 8 field by taking third in that section meet. She then went into Giants Ridge at Biwabik and finished in a total time of 37:53.9.

Her time of 19:28.93 was 47th among finishers in the classic portion, while Miller was 26th in the freestyle with a time of 18:25.

“A big part of Jaelyn's success has been that she is a part of a family that truly lives an active lifestyle,” Alexandria head coach Jeremy Rapp said after Miller qualified for state at the section meet. “Being the fourth in succession of having three older sisters who are also great endurance athletes, she has been around an environment her whole life that has fueled her success for a sport like this. Additionally, she has been around skiers on the team, both past and present, that have shown the way on how to train and excel at this sport. She has taken ownership of her own path to do well.”

Sydney Drevlow of Hopkins won the individual pursuit title at state. She was second in the classic portion of the race with a time of 16:55.14. Drevlow won the freestyle in 16:45.55 for a total time of 33:40.7. That was almost 20 seconds in front of second-place finisher Maggie Wagner of Edina with her time of 34:00.9.

Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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