BIWABIK -- Patrick Majka finished sixth and Adrianne McAlpin eighth as Brainerd Warriors Alpine skiing teams opened the season Thursday in the Hibbing Invitational at Giants Ridge.
Majka finished the boys' race in 79.11 and McAlpin ended the girls' event at 89.63.
Brainerd was runner-up in the boys' race and third in the girls'.
"We were satisfied with those results, given that we haven't had a chance to practice on snow yet," Warriors coach Jim Ruttger said. "Some of our kids had one run down the hill and were basically doing course inspections, then would get in the gate and have to be ready to go.
"It was interesting that our kids finished pretty much in the same order we had seeded them. That affirmed our seedings for the first meet."
Boys team scores -- 1-Duluth East 281, 2-Brainerd 261, 3-Hibbing 260, 4-Duluth Marshall 243, 5-Grand Rapids 219, 6-Virginia 203, 7-Cook County 202, 8-Cloquet-Esko-Carlton 172, 9-Duluth Central 141, 10-Duluth Denfeld 120
Individual winner -- Joel Bischoff (DM) 74.33
Brainerd boys -- 6-Patrick Majka 79.11, 11-Mike Garry 80.99, 12-Mike Qualey 81.96, 22-David Miller 84.67, 25-Ryan Ruttger 87.53, 28-Bryan Lamb 90.05, 42-A.J. Peterson 1:00.47, 47-Scott Agre 1:04.30
Others skiing -- Tim Nelson, Kevin Wilder
Girls team scores -- 1-Duluth East 275, 2-Duluth Marshall 248, 3-Brainerd 232, 4-Hibbing 220, 5-Grand Rapids 202, 6-Virginia 194, 7-Denfeld 98, 8-Cloquet-Esko-Carlton 90, 9-Cook County 86, 10-Duluth Central 16
Individual winner -- Sonya Jennings (DE) 79.61
Brainerd girls -- 8-Adrianne McAlpin 89.63, 14-Kaitlyn Ziebell 96.07, 16-Ashley Hillstrom 96.38, 18-Jennifer Beilke 97.55, 19-Rachel Cross 97.74, 25-Paige Northway 1:02.7, 30-Anna Goochey 1:07.46, 33-Chelsea Williams 1:07.63, 43-Jenny Boran 1:18.08, 52-Laura Zard 1:24.99
Next meet -- Brainerd in Virginia Invitational at Giants Ridge 11 a.m. Dec. 30.
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