DULUTH — Brainerd Warriors Thor Linnerooth posted one of the fastest runs Thursday and his two runs combined placed him second in the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton Invite at Spirit Mountain.
Linnerooth finished with a combined 1:23.99, which was less than a second behind winner Matthew Borash of Hermantown.
Brainerd’s Taylor Finger was 15th in 1:37.71.
“Thor had an incredible day,” said Warriors head coach Jim Ruttger. “He had the fastest run on the second course. He has been flying down the courses lately. Coming into the section meet he’s peaking at the right time.
“Taylor Finger had two great runs. His 15th place is one of his best finishes in a larger invite like today. It was nice to see him put together two good runs.”
The Warrior boys finished sixth, while the Warrior girls placed fifth led by Alex Stone’s 14th-place time of 1:17.90. Emily Aga was 21st and Hannah Moen finished 22nd.
“It’s the second meet in a row that our younger skiers are showing some promise,” Ruttger said. “We didn’t have Savannah (Stone) today. She was injured (Wednesday night) and might be out for two weeks maybe more. We don’t know yet.”
Boys team scores: 1-Hermantown 273, 2-Cook County 262, 3-Virgina 254, 4-Duluth East 247, 5-Marshall 218, 6-Brainerd 218, 7-Hibbing 214, 8-Cloquet-Esko-Carlton 157, 9-Duluth Denfeld 40
Individual winner: Matthew Borash (Hermantown) 1:23.47
Brainerd results: 2-Thor Linnerooth 1:23.99, 15-Taylor Finger 1:37.71, 26-Garett Lee 1:45.09, 52-Gabriel Gibson 2:07.20, 54-Grant Madison 2:08.33, 70-Grant Anderson 2:46.23, 71-Calvin Johnson 3:07.99
Girls team scores: 1-Cook County 253, 2-Duluth East 245, 3-Hermantown 235.5, 4-Virginia 223.5, 5-Brainerd 213, 6-Hibbing 205.5, 7-Marshall 195.5, 8-Cloquet-Esko-Carlton 158, 9-Duluth Denfeld 122
Individual winner: Megan Danelski (Hermantown) 1:08.98
Brainerd results: 14-Alex Stone 1:17.90, 21-Emily Aga 1:21.58, 22-Hannah Moen 1:21.64, 30-Marissa Bjerkness 1:26.19, 34-Mara Williams 1:29.58, 36-Maddison Olson 1:32.34, 56-Ashley Fitterer 1:48.02, 57-Julia Wallace 1:49.26 65-Jaden Lindner 2:04.29,
Next: Brainerd at Alexandria Invite 6:30 p.m. Friday.