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Nordic Skiing: Bairds win classic portion of Lumberjack Jaunt

Posted: February 5, 2013 - 12:28am
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Baxter's Jenna Ruzich skis to a runner-up finish in the women's 16-kilometer freestyle race in Sunday's Lumberjack Jaunt at Northland Arboretum.
Baxter's Jenna Ruzich skis to a runner-up finish in the women's 16-kilometer freestyle race in Sunday's Lumberjack Jaunt at Northland Arboretum.

Owen Baird skied a first-place time of 49.02 and Heather Baird’s winning time was 1:22.58 in Sunday’s 16-kilometer classic race during the Lumberjack Jaunt at Northland Arboretum in Baxter.

Ty Hadrits of Brainerd placed second in the classic.

The excitement came out of the men’s 16K skate race where Brad Kuzel of Guthrie topped Brainerd’s Tim Dirks by one second for the win.

The one-second victory was the one of the closest races in Lumberjack Jaunt history, said race director Josh Duda.

Maplewood’s Zach Nelson was a second behind Dirks for third place and Ryan Rogers of Bemidji was a second behind Nelson.

The women’s 16K skate went to Elk River’s Emily Flynn in 52:07. Jenna Ruzich of Baxter placed second in 53.31.

Pillager’s Jared Sandin (6K classic) and Brainerd’s Maxwell Seymour (6K skate) were winners on the men’s side. Brainerd’s Angie Hanske (6K classic) and Erin Arntson (6K skate) won on the women’s side.

Sharon Pike of Brainerd won the women’s pursuit while Evan Storbakken of Brainerd won the men’s pursuit.