BIWABIK - Molly Binger placed 17th in the classic event and Jackie Thelen and Beth Hauer were 16th and 19th in freestyle to lead the Little Falls Flyers girls' team to an eighth-place finish in a 73-team field in the Mesabi Academy Invite at Giants Ridge on Saturday.
The Brainerd girls' team finished 36th and was led by Hannah McAllister's 14th-place freestyle finish.
The Little Falls boys' team placed 39th place in a 74-team field and Philip Prosapio placed 55th in the freestyle event.
Brainerd's Pat Mangan captured a 74th-place classic finish as the Brainerd boys' team finished 60th.
Boys team scores (74 teams): 1-Wayzata 752, 2-Forest Lakes 729, 3-Eden Prairie 724, 4-Hopkins 708, 5-Grand Rapids 691, 6-Orono 683, 7-Duluth East 661, 8-Copper Country 661, 9-Superiorland 647, 10-Ely 642, 39-Little Falls 437, 60-Brainerd 242
Classic winner: Joe Dubay (Sotkamon Lukio) 15:03.6
Freestyle winner: Jay Woodbeck (Copper Country) 15:18.8
Brainerd classic: 74-Pat Mangan 18:53.6, 158-Cole Sundquist, 21:31.3, 162-Ross Duval 21:41.8
Brainerd freestyle: 152-Michael Montgomery 20:03.1, 160-Josh Murrey 20:39.3
Little Falls classic: 84-Luke LeBlanc 19:10.5, 125-Drew Geisenhof 20:15.8, 144-Gilly Stoy 20:47.2;
Little Falls freestyle: 55-Philip Prosapio 17:19.3, 85-Adam Kempenich 18:03.4, 131-Noah Hecht 19:05.6
Girls team scores (73 teams): 1-Southwest H.S. 716, 2-Burnsville 701, 3-Roseville 690, 4-Stillwater 674, 5-Duluth East 661, 6-Hayward 659, 7-Eden Prairie 658, 8-Little Falls 648, 9-Wayzata 623, 10-Grand Rapids 607, 36-Brainerd 378
Classic winner: Classic-Molly Burger (Hayward) 19:12.1
Freestyle winner: Jessie Diggins (Stillwater) 16:40.5
Brainerd classic: 139-Tina Borgstrom 25:55, 167-Laura Huss 28:29.6, 168-Arriana Brown 28:38.5;
Brainerd freestyle: 14-Hannah McAllister 19:02, 40-Amanda Finstad 20:40.1, 92-Jenna Ruzich 22:21.7
Little Falls classic: 17-Molly Binger 20:30.6, 38-Kayla Meyer 21:21.5, 73-Manon Gammon-Deering 22:48.6
Little Falls freestyle: 16-Jackie Thelen 19:08, 19-Beth Hauer 19:28.5, 56-Megan John 21:11.9
Next: Brainerd in Little Falls Invite at Camp Ripley 2 p.m. Tuesday.
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