BIWABIK - Thomas Ruttger earned his first varsity victory and the Brainerd Warriors Alpine ski teams swept the Virginia Invite Thursday at Giants Ridge.
Ruttger won in 1:28.30 and fellow Warrior boys' captain Bror Linnerooth placed second with a 1:29.33.
"Thomas was sitting in second after the first run," said Warriors head coach Jim Ruttger. "Actually we were first, second and sixth after the morning run. A couple of our guys went down on their second run so to finish as well as we did and still win was quite an accomplishment for the team."
Andrea Cibuzar placed second to lead the Warrior girls' team to a 29-point victory. She finished in 1:33.48 or .26 seconds better than teammate Taryn Ruttger.
"We have another great rivalry between Andrea and Taryn," Jim Ruttger said. "Their 2-3 finish was critical to our win. Savannah Stone, an eighth grader coming out of the Pequot Lakes cooperative, was a big contributor with her sixth-place finish. That was a great result."
Stone finished in 1:34.32 and Kenzy Ostrowski placed 13th with a 1:39.48.
Rian Hutchison placed ninth for the boys' team followed by Ryan Weihemuller in 14th.
Boys team scores: 1-Brainerd 366, 2-Cloquet-Esko-Carlton 337, 3-Virginia 335, 4-Hibbing 314, 5-Duluth East 307, 6-Grand Rapids 298, 7-Cook County 247, 8-Duluth Marshall 236, 9-Hermantown 223, 10-Duluth Denfeld 209, 11-Duluth Central 157
Individual winner: Thomas Ruttger (Brd) 1:28.30
Brainerd results: 2-Bror Linnerooth 1:29.33, 9-Rian Hutchison 1:33.20, 14-Ryan Weihemuller 1:36.61, 16-Jonathan Aga 1:37.68, 18-Coyer Mackner 1:39.11, 30-Thor Linnerooth 1:44.97, 43-Andy Whiteman 1:51.37
Girls team scores: 1-Brainerd 296, 2-Virginia 279, 3-Hibbing 263, 4-Cook County 247, 5-Duluth East 225, 6-Cloquet-Esko-Carlson 197, 7-Hermantown 189, 8-Duluth Marshall 173, 9-Grand Rapids 145, 10-Duluth Central, Duluth Denfeld inc.
Individual winner: Claire Salo (Herm) 1:29.79
Brainerd results: 2-Andrea Cibuzar 1:33.48, 3-Taryn Ruttger 1:33.74, 6-Savannah Stone 1:35.32, 13-Kenzy Ostrowski 1:39.48, 16-Katie Hutchison 1:41.23, 24-Ariana Cibuzar 1:45.71, 27-Meghan Hamson 1:46.66, 46-Kirsten Hibbard 2:04.04
Next meet: Brainerd in Chisago Lakes Invite at Wild Mountain 10 a.m. Dec. 19.
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