BIWABIK -- Brainerd Warrior boys' and girls' Alpine skiing teams captured titles in Thursday's Virginia Invitational at Giants Ridge.
"There were only two other teams, but it's always fun to see one of your kids get on the podium," Warriors coach Jim Ruttger said.
"It was the first time we've had to deal with ice. There was a freezing rain all day. We had garbage bags on to try and stay dry."
In the girls' meet, Brainerd had 89 points, defeating Hibbing by 16. The Warriors' Adrianne McAlpin was runner-up.
"For Adrianne I think it was her first podium finish," Ruttger said.
"She was the very first skier down the course," he added. "The gates were so coated with ice that every time she made contact with a gate the ice would fly off like you were shattering a bottle.
"Adrianne had a pretty slow first run. They ended up giving her a provisional run, and she shaved almost 10 seconds off her time. They let that provisional rerun stand."
The boys' team had 85 points, beating runner-up Hibbing by six. Sophomore Tim Nelson was the top Brainerd finisher in third place.
"It was Tim's first time on the podium," Ruttger said. "It was fun to see some of our other skiers come through. Our top four boys were all gone (Thursday). Some were on vacation, some were at a camp at Buck Hill, so it was a fun opportunity for kids usually in the lower half of our varsity roster to come through."
Boys team scores -- 1-Brainerd 85, 2-Hibbing 79, 3-Virginia 66
Boys' individual winner -- Mike Salo (Virginia) 1:23.09
Brainerd boys -- 3-Tim Nelson 1:34.59, 4-Ryan Ruttger 1:35.82, 5-Zach Skogen 1:37.42, 7-A.J. Peterson 1:38.97, 13-Logan Mohs 1:41.94, 17-Kevin Wilder 1:47.64, 19-Justin Vogt 1:51.49, 25-Jacob Morey 2:18.23
Girls team scores -- 1-Brainerd 89, 2-Hibbing 73, 3-Virginia 71
Girls' individual winner -- Kendra Waller (Cloquet-Esko) 1:28.77
Brainerd girls -- 2-Adrianne McAlpin 1:38.70, 4-Kaitlyn Ziebell 1:44.11, 6-Ashley Hillstrom 1:45.78, 7-Taryn Ruttger 1:48.12, 13-Jenny Beilke 1:54.03, 20-Jenny Boran 2:05.65, 26-Anna Goochey 2:27.68
Next meet -- Brainerd in Cook County Invitational at Lutsen 10 a.m. Thursday.
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