ST. CLOUD — Zean Baker couldn’t make it a three peat, but he did lead the Brainerd Warriors boys to second place at Tuesday’s St. Cloud Cathedral Invite.
Baker placed fifth followed by Gerrit Garberich in sixth and Noah Baker in seventh. That wasn’t enough to overtake St. Cloud Tech, which secured the top three spots.
The Little Falls Flyers captured the girls team title thanks to Chelsea Rutz’s individual victory. Rutz won the freestyle event in 18:47.
Maria Hauer placed third, followed by Mattia Hendrickson in fifth and Kaitlin Geisenhof in sixth.
Brainerd’s Allison Kosobud placed fourth and Gabriella Haire placed ninth for the fourth-place Warriors girls.
“For the boys things didn’t go the best for us,” said Brainerd co-head coach Chris Hanson. “We have no excuses. We finished 5, 6 and 7 and that’s a ways off from Tech, who finished 1, 2 and 3. We need to revamp, rework and catch those guys.
“On the girls, we’re kind of seeing the same few teams ahead of us in Little Falls and Cathedral. You can throw Mora in there, too. We have some teams we’re watching and it’s going to be tough to catch them, but we’re going to work hard all year in order to do it.”
Boys team scores: 1-St. Cloud Tech 390, 2-Brainerd 374, 3-Mora 370, 4-Little Falls 331, 5-Willmar 305, 6-St. Cloud Cathedral 171, 7-St. Cloud Apollo
Individual winner: Nick Proell (Tech) 16:06
Brainerd results: 5-Zean Baker 16:23, 6-Gerrit Garberich 16:48, 7-Noah Baker 16:49, Connor Gunsbury 17:34, Ben Hanson 18:11, Robb Pike 18:30, Evan Schreifels 19:04, Sam Guida 19:12, Sam Nesheim 19:29
Little Falls results: 13-John Gottwalt 17:40, Brian McNamara 18:29, Gunner Kleinschmidt 18:41, Michael Carll 19:19, Ethan Crocker 20:33, Seth Crocker 21:01, Jacob Massmann 21:39
Girls team scores: 1-Little Falls 389, 2-Mora 362, 3-St. Cloud Cathedral 357, 4-Brainerd 352, 5-St. Cloud Apollo 306, 6-Willmar 283, 7-St. Cloud Tech 162
Individual winner: Chelsea Rutz (LF) 18:47
Brainerd results: 4-Allison Kosobud 19:05, 9-Gabriella Haire 20:31, Sarah Fairbanks 21:06, Sara Whiteman 21:09, Victoria Johnson 22:20, Anne Grabowski 25:24, Erin Peterson 27:52,
Little Falls results: 3-Maria Hauer 19:02, 5-Mattia Hendrickson 19:42, 6-Kaitlin Geisenhof 20:04; Amelia Kresha 21:43, Claire Gammon-Deering 21:52, Josie Lange 22:40
Brainerd JV boys: Luke Nordquist 21:30, Mac Brink 21:41, Gabe Raguse 22:39, Will Schultz 24:20, Caden Johnson 24:56
Brainerd JV girls: Maren Hadrits, 22:35, Madeline Quast 24:16, Emily Nelson 26:17, Katie Pernula 26:37, Faith Watson 26:38, Lydia Herath 27:05, Anja Smith 29:39, Emma Anderson 29:41, Haley Anderson 29:05
Next: Brainerd hosts Warrior Invite 10 a.m. Dec. 28.