ALEXANDRIA - Brainerd's boys' and girls' teams won titles and the Warriors' Zach Skogen won the boys' race at the Alexandria Invite Alpine skiing race Friday at Andes Tower Hills.
The Brainerd boys scored 143 points to outdistance runner-up St. Cloud 114. The Warrior girls had 114 points to second-place St. Cloud's 95.
"The Andes meet is the closest thing we have to a conference championship meet," Brainerd coach Jim Ruttger said. "CLC schools represented at the meet included the St. Cloud co-op team, which includes St. Cloud Apollo, Tech and Cathedral and the Lakes Area co-op team that includes Alexandria and Fergus Falls.
"For the past three years this meet has been called the unofficial CLC meet for Alpine skiing."
Skogen paced the boys' race with a time of 39.109. Other top 10 Warriors boys were Bror Linnerooth in third place, Jake Morey in fifth, Rian Hutchison in eighth and Tom Lyscio in 10th.
"With second-run falls by Tom Lyscio and Thomas Ruttger we had to rely on the middle third of our lineup to win and they came through great, with outstanding runs by Bror Linnerooth, Jake Morey and Rian Hutchison," Jim Ruttger said.
In the girls' race, Brainerd's top 10 finishes were by Andrea Cibuzar in second place, Kenzie Ostrowski in third, Katie Hutchison fourth, Ari Cibuzar fifth, Meghan Hamson seventh and Sara Connoy eighth.
"Placing four girls in the top five was a great result," Jim Ruttger said. "The girls' team has had two outstanding meets (Thursday at Giants Ridge, Friday at Alexandria). Those were huge confidence boosters as we head into unknown territory with sections in a new venue and against new teams on Tuesday."
Boys team scores: 1-Brainerd 143, 2-St. Cloud 114, 3-Lakes Area (Alexandria/ Fergus Falls) 108, 4-Annandale 70, 5-Herman/Norcross 49
Individual winner: Zach Skogen, Brainerd 39.109
Brainerd results: 3-Bror Linnerooth 39.107, 5-Jake Morey 41.197, 8-Rian Hutchison 41.711, 10-Tom Lyscio 42.002, 12-Joe Ohlin 42.512, 13-Jon Aga 42.666, 16-Thomas Ruttger 47.550, 24-Coyer Mackner 52.965, Ryan Weihemuller DNF
Junior varsity boys
Brainerd results: 1-Andrew Jay, 46.570, 2-Thor Linnerooth 47.060, 3-Chris Garin 51.163
Girls team scores: 1-Brainerd 114, 2-St. Cloud 95, 3-Lakes Area 66, 4-Annandale 50
Individual winner: Laura Scheichert, St. Cloud 43.582
Brainerd results: 2-Andrea Cibuzar 43.742, 3-Kenzie Ostrowski 44.796, 4-Katie Hutchison 46.121, 5-Ari Cibuzar 46.843, 7-Meghan Hamson 48.179, 8-Sara Connoy 48.572, 13-Kirsten Hibbard 53.682, 18-Becca Lange 57.599, 25-Leah Knutson 1:09.867, 29-Taryn Ruttger 1:19.158
Junior varsity girls
Brainerd results: 1-Betsy Brueske 55.433, 2-Mara Williams 1:01.592, 3-Stephanie Northway 1:01.610
Next: Brainerd in Section 5 meet, Afton Alps, Hastings, 10 a.m. Tuesday.
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