SPICER - Brainerd Warriors junior Amanda Finstad placed fifth in the skate portion of the Central Lakes Conference Nordic ski meet to earn all-conference honors Thursday at the Prairie Woods Learning Center.
Finstad crossed the finish line with a 19:28.6 as she and Tomi Majerus were the only Warrior girls and Josh Murrey was the only Brainerd boy able to compete due to semester finals.
"That's one of Amanda's best races," said Warriors head coach Nicole Kellerman. "Fifth place is her best place so far. She's only a junior and just spending the day with the junior varsity skiers you could see her leadership skills. She has a really good future ahead of her."
The Little Falls Flyers boys' and girls' teams captured the conference titles. Philip Prosapio placed second and Noah Hecht third in the classic, while Luke LeBlanc finished second and Adam Kempenich was fifth in the skate. Those four along with Drew Geisenhof earned all-conference honors, which go to the top seven skiers in each discipline. Seventh through 10th place earn honorable mention.
The Flyer girls had the highest possible score thanks to Molly Binger's classic victory in 18:48.5. She was followed by Kayla Meyer in second, Manon Gammon-Deering in third and Hannah Eliason in seventh. Beth Hauer won the skate in 17:55.1. She was followed by Jackie Thelen in second, Megan John in third and Kassandra Almen in ninth.
Boys team scores: 1-Little Falls 392, 2-St. Cloud Tech 391, 3-St. Cloud Apollo 376, 4-Alexandria 368, 5-Willmar 350
Individual classic winner: Andrew Humbert (Apollo) 17:17.1
Brainerd Classic: 12-Josh Murrey 20:39.6
Little Falls Classic: 2-Philip Prosapio 17:22.0, 3-Noah Hecht 18:09.5, 7-Drew Geisenhof 18:49.3, 10-Gilly Stoy 19:01.5
Individual skate winner: Sam Anderson (Tech) 15:13.5
Little Falls skate: 2-Luke LeBlanc 16:13.8, 5-Adam Kempenich 16:49.8, 8-Alex Houle 17:20.5, 16-Adam Engelhardt 18:02.4
Girls team scores: 1-Little Falls 398, 2-Alexandria 375, 3-St. Cloud Apollo 373, 4-Willmar 367
Individual classic winner: Molly Binger (LF) 18:48.5
Brainerd classic: 15-Tomi Majerus 27:59.3
Little Falls classic: 2-Kayla Meyer 20:18.3, 3-Manon Gammon-Deering 20:18.7, 7-Hannah Eliason 23:19.5
Individual skate winner: Beth Hauer (LF) 17:55.1
Brainerd skate: 5-Amanda Finstad 19:28.6
Little Falls skate: 2-Jackie Thelen 17:58.7, 3-Megan John 18:53.9, 9-Kassandra Almen 22:19.6
Junior varsity boys team: 1-Little Falls 388, 2-Alexandria 365, 3-Willmar 362
Brainerd classic: 4-Tim Nelson 22:36.7
Brainerd skate: 3-Zean Baker 18:00.4, 5-Ty Hadrits 18:56.4, 21-Noah Baker 29:03.1
Junior varsity girls team: 1-Brainerd 392, 2-Little Falls 390, 3-Willmar 356, 4-Alexandria 353
Brainerd classic: 1-Sarah Fairbanks 24:47.5, 2-Allison Kosobud 26:43.8, 5-Janna Lemieux 28:23.3
Brainerd skate: 3-Katie Montgomery 22:24.1, 6-Jennifer Murray 23:56.3
Next meet: Brainerd at Bemidji Pursuits 9 a.m. Tuesday.
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