WAUBUN - While not a member of the North Star Conference, the Brainerd Warriors boys' and girls' Nordic ski teams placed second in the conference meet Tuesday.
Katherine Mueller placed third in the 8-kilometer classic race with a time of 23:59. Kelsey Herwig placed sixth and Hannah McAllister finished seventh. All three racers received conference certificates for finishing in the top 10.
"We're not a part of the conference, but they let us compete in their conference meet because it was a classic race and we haven't trained for classic very much this year," said Warrior head coach Nicole Kellerman. "It was a good opportunity to get a race in. Plus, after they raced, everyone skied anywhere from five to 10 extra kilometers so we saw a lot of improvement in their technique. We'll need that to come close or beat Bemidji in the section tournament."
Katherine Mueller placed third
Sophomore Pat Mangan led a depleted Warrior boys' team with an eighth-place time of 22:40. Freshman Tyler Vanderlinden was 13th as Brainerd was missing four of its top racers.
Sophomore Ben Urness skied to 15th and senior Lance Borgstrom placed 17th.
"For those four guys to place second is a big confidence boost," said Kellerman. "Pat is showing so much growth and becoming a really strong skier.
"The girls also showed a lot of growth today. We're really coming together and hopefully we can peak together at the right time."
Boys team scores - 1-Bemidji, 2-Brainerd, 3-Deer River, 4-Detroit Lakes, 5-Park Rapids
Individual winner - Waylon Manske (Bem) 19:29
Brainerd results - 8-Pat Mangan 22:40, 13-Tyler Vanderlinden 23:15, 15-Ben Urness 24:14, 17-Lance Borgstrom 26:22
Girls team scores - 1-Bemidji, 2-Brainerd, 3-Deer River, 4-Detroit Lakes, 5-Park Rapids
Individual winner - Jill Smith (Bem) 23:16
Brainerd results - 3-Katherine Mueller 23:59, 6-Kelsey Herwig 25:37, 7-Hannah McAllister 26:05, 11-Amanda Finstad 27:21, 12-Tina Borgstrom 29:14, 13-Kacie Bahr 29:23
Next meet - Brainerd in Section 8 tournament at Maplelag Feb. 7.
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