Mikayla Cerney might have thought after qualifying for state gymnastics meets her eighth grade and freshman years that she would advance there every year.
But there's no guarantee from one year to the next.
With five first-time qualifiers, the Brainerd Warriors' objective in Wednesday's state meet at Giants Ridge in Biwabik was to experience the most significant event of the Minnesota State High School League season.
After spending the last few years chasing his brother, Zean Baker, and teammate Gerrit Garberich, Noah Baker skied into the No. 1 position for the Brainerd Warriors Nordic team this winter.
The younger Baker was the one that teammates chased this year.
If Hannah Moen, Ashley Fitterer, Grace McGuire, Emily Aga and Payge Fitterer were going to state, Brainerd coach Jim Ruttger thought they probably would have qualified along with the entire Warriors team.