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Laker Nordic skiers in Giants Ridge Invitational

The Detroit Lakes boys' and girls' Nordic ski teams were among 78 squads competing in the Giants Ridge event near Biwabik Saturday, Jan. 10.

There were over 1,200 high school Nordic skiers from 78 schools throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan competing in the nation's largest high school Nordic ski race.

The Giants Ridge Invitational draws the best high school Nordic ski racers from the region, said DL head coach Dan Josephson.

The Laker Nordic ski team fielded 15 varsity and junior varsity skiers.

Out of 198 skiers in the boys' varsity 5K Classic race, freshman Jake Richards finished in 62nd place with a time of 18:39:6.

He was followed by sophomore Dylan Ramstad-Skoyles in 81st place with a time of 19:04:4.

"Both Richards and Ramstad-Skoyles significantly improved their places over their showing in the same event last year," Josephson said.

The Laker girls were led in the varsity 5K Freestyle race by seventh grader Berit Ramstad-Skoyles, who finished 115th out of 184 skiers with a time of 23:10.6.

She was followed by senior Alana King, who finished 181st with a time of 30:50:7 and sophomore Alison Sauer in 183rd place with a time of 31:15:5.

In the girls varsity 5K Classic race, sophomore Shannon Goetz placed 153rd out of 183 skiers with a time of 26:28:7.

Senior Mollie Kuether finished 177th with a time of 29:52:2 and junior Molly Johnson finished 178th with a time of 30:11:1.

The boys junior varsity skiers turned in a good showing in the 5K freestyle race, with eighth grader Hunter Schleske placing 83rd out of 111 racers with a time of 23:34:8.

Eighth grader Christian Tigges placed 86th with a time of 23:38:7, while eighth grader Montana Johnson was 100th with a time of 26:12:3 and freshman Stephen Sinclair was in 101st with a time of 26:28:6.

In the girls junior varsity 5K classic race, Laker freshman Morgan Nodsle finished 81st out of 91 skiers with a time of 31:21:8.

Competing in the girls junior varsity 5K freestyle race were sophomore Lindsey Bjorgan, who finished 78th out of 90 skiers with a time of 29:24:2, and eighth grader Veronica Haverkamp, who finished 85th with a time of 30:17:4.