ST. CLOUD - Four Brainerd skiers placed in the top 10 as the Warriors opened the season in the St. Cloud Tech 1-kilometer elimination sprint event Tuesday at Riverside Park.
Zean Baker was third, Riley Nelsen fourth and Tim Nelson ninth for the Warriors boys.
"I was very pleased with how they did," Warriors c-head coach Mary Claire Ryan said. "I've been waiting for Tim to do it and he came through with flying colors today."
Allison Kosobud placed 10th in the girls race.
"Sarah Fairbanks fell on one of the corners," Ryan said. "There were some steep climbs up and down so there were a lot of crashes. Jennifer Murray would have advanced but she crashed. Emily Dumbeck missed by one place of being in the final. I was very pleased with the effort those gals put out."
Little Falls girls team won the title with Manon-Gammon Deering finishing second, Mattia Hendrickson third, Chelsea Rutz fourth and Kaitlin Geisenhof ninth.
The Flyers did not have a skier make the top 10 in the boys race, which was won by Tech.
Ryan said snow conditions in St. Cloud were "marginal."
"They have far less snow than we do," she said. "They made snow on the course. There were a lot of icy areas, and a lot of leaves and dirt sticking up. That made it more challenging for the kids."
In the junior varsity girls race, Brainerd's Katie Montgomery was first, Tori Johnson ninth and Tomi Majerus 10th.
Brainerd's Gerrit Garberich and Dakota Swenson didn't advance to the final round in the boys junior varsity race.
Brainerd and Little Falls return to Riverside Park on Tuesday for the St. Cloud Apollo Invite. Four-person relay teams will consist of two skiers skating and two doing classic.