The Brainerd Warrior High School dance team hosted its first dance invitational Saturday, placing second in high kick and fifth in jazz in Class 3A.
Head Coach Cindy Clough said the team was a bit disappointed.
"We were really going for the win in this event but knew it would be tough," said Clough. "It was tough because Eastview competed in the event and this team has been state champion for the past two years."
Clough said the team had a strong high kick dance, but it needed to execute it better.
"I think if we would have been clean it could have been our day," said Clough. "One high point is that we came out ahead of Burnsville who we have not beat since 1999. So the kids were pumped about that."
The high kick results were Eastview, first place; Brainerd, second; Burnsville, third; Blaine, fourth; Anoka, fifth; Champlin Park, sixth; and Duluth East, seventh.
In jazz, Clough said, "We actually were very encouraged to place fifth in this jazz meet considering who was here. It was all the big guns of the state. The top four teams at our meet were all in the state finals last year, so a good group to be among.
"We had only dabbled on this routine and really had it on the back burner, because we had been focused on kick. Some teams at the meet only came out with jazz and focused on that so we were pretty pleased to have both routines done."
Jazz results were Maple Grove, first place; Wayzata, second; Eastview, third; Blaine, fourth; Brainerd, fifth; Armstrong, sixth; Burnsville, seventh; Anoka, eighth; Champlin Park, ninth; Minneapolis Southwest, 10th; Duluth East, 11th; and Minneapolis South, 12th.
The junior varsity high kick team placed second.
In the Class A division for high kick, Pequot Lakes took first place; Pierz, second; Cloquet, third; and Pine River, fourth. The Crosby and Aitkin dance teams didn't compete in the Brainerd meet because of the weather.
Brainerd's next competition will be Saturday at Eastview High School.
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