BIWABIK - Taryn Ruttger's second-place individual finish helped the Brainerd Warriors girls' Alpine ski team to a first place finish Thursday at the Grand Rapids Invitational.
The Warrior boys placed second behind Chisago Lakes.
Ruttger finished in 1:22.62. She was in fifth place after the first run, but skied the second-fastest time on the second run to jump three spots.
Kenzey Ostrowski placed fourth, Andrea Cibuzar placed 11th and Ari Cibuzar rounded out the top 20 with her 20th-place time of 1:30.57.
"For Taryn to get silver is an exciting result," said Warrior head coach Jim Ruttger. "We've been waiting for Kenzey to put in two good runs and she did today. That's her highest finish. She had a great day at a big invite like this. We're very pleased with her results. It's a huge confidence boost for her heading into sections."
Tom Lyscio paced the Brainerd boys' team with a fifth-place time of 1:10.72. Zach Skogen finished seventh and Bror Linnerooth was 20th.
"That was a great result for our boys," said Ruttger. "Chisago is an outstanding team, one of the top ranked in the state. We had a couple of bobbles in our lineup and misread a couple of runs. We're pleased to come out at second. Even if we would have had clean runs it would have been tough to beat Chisago."
Boys team scores - 1-Chisago Lakes 402, 2-Brainerd 382, 3-Virginia 377, 4-Duluth East 361, 5-Centennial 354, 6-Hibbing 314, 7-Cook County 306, 8-Hermantown 288, 9-Grand Rapids 286, 10-Cloquet/Esko/Carlton 274, 11-Duluth Denfeld 211, 12-Duluth Marshall 179, 13-Duluth Central inc.
Individual winner - Henry Roningen (East) 1:09.33
Brainerd results - 5-Tom Lyscio 1:10.72, 7-Zach Skogen 1:11.40, 20-Bror Linnerooth 1:18.75, 26-Ryan Weihemuller 1:22.68, 31-Rian Hutchison 1:24.17, 36-Jonathan Aga 1:26.05, 48-Thomas Ruttger 1:31.92, 57-Coyer Mackner 1:37.10, 66-Joe Ohlin 1:44.74, 95-Jacob Morey 2:22.04
Girls team scores - 1-Brainerd 354.5, 2-Chisago Lakes 352, 3-Virginia 339, 4-Hibbing 324, 5-Duluth East 289, 6-Hermantown 284.5, 7-Centennial 255, 8-Duluth Marshall 243, 9-Grand Rapids 213, 10-Cloquet/Esko/Carlson 204, 11-Cook County 178, 12-Duluth Central, Duluth Denfield inc.
Individual winner - Simone Raedeke (Chisago Lakes) 1:20.13
Brainerd results - 2-Taryn Ruttger 1:22.62, 4-Kenzey Ostrowski 1:23.28, 11-Andrea Cibuzar 1:25.76, 20-Ari Cibuzar 1:30.57, 26-Leah Knutson 1:34.06, 50-Jona Hamson 1:50.63, 58-Katie Hutchison 1:55.45, 66-Becca Lange 2:01.89, 89-Hollie Garry 2:42.16, 96-Kirsten Hibbard 3:07.17
Next meet - Brainerd in Alexandria Invite at Andes Tower Hills, 6 p.m. Friday.
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