Laker ski teams sixth at home invite
Little Falls’ skiers raced to the finish line first in both Nordic races at the Detroit Lakes Invitational held at Detroit Mountain Tuesday.
Brainerd captured the team title in the boys race while the Flyers edged Alexandria in the girls race.
Conditions were cold and windy with racers getting a break from the winter breeze as they entered the natural trails while fresh snow on a hard surface made for challenging skiing on the hilly 6k course .
Defending section champion Hunter Zupko of Little Falls continued his dominance having won both races in DL this season. He won by 20 seconds skiing a time of 19:34.2. Brainerd’s Evan Storbakken was the runner-up (19:54) and his teammate Gabe Raguse was third (19:55.6) to lead the Warriors to first place.
The Lakers’ Aaron Johnson placed 16th in a time of 22:39. Jack Richards was the second DL skier to cross the finish line in 25:00.7. The DL boys team, including AJ Lindquist (52nd - 27:25.5) and Aaron Oakes (53rd - 27:47.8) placed sixth in the eight-team field.
The DL girl's’ team of Ellen Teiken, Anna Schumacher and Hope Weidemann also placed sixth.
Teiken had the top finish in 26th place with a time of 29:38.5. Schumacher was 40th (36:31.0) and Weidemann 43rd (53:17.8).
Little Falls’ Kendal Hendrickson cruised to victory winning by over a minute (23:54) over Alexandria’s Kaisa Bosek (25:04.6). Hendrickson also won last year’s section race at Maplelag.
In the boys junior varsity race, Jacob Trout led the Laker boys in 15th place (20:46.2) on a 5.5k course. DL did not have a contestant in the girls JV race.
Junior high racers completed a 2.75k race. Casey Parks was the top Laker boy in 20th place (18:41.4). Luisa Walz (18:11.3) and Maren Hoban (18:18.1) finished back-to-back in 15th and 16th for the DL girls.
The Lakers are back in action Monday, Jan. 16 in a preview of the section race at Little Falls.
Detroit Lakes Invitational - Detroit Mountain
Team scores: 1-Brainerd 388, 2-Little Falls 373, 3-Bemidji 358, 4-Alexandria 321, 5-Moorhead 292, 6-Detroit Lakes 243, 7-Ottertail 224, 8-Trek North 103
Individual winner: Hunter Zupko (LF) 19:34.2
Laker results - Varsity
16 Aaron Johnson 22:39.0
40 Jack Richards 25:00.7
52 AJ Lindquist 27:25.5
53 Aaron Oakes 27:47.8
57 Jordan Ryan 25:31.3
15 Jacob Trout 20:46.2
21 John Bergum 22:5034
23 Ryan Bergum 23:12.1
31 Avery Walz 27:24.6
20 Casey Parks 18:41.4
Team scores: 1-Little Falls 376, 2-Alexandria 370, 3-Bemidji 363, 4-Brainerd 351, 5-Moorhead 340, 6-Detroit Lakes 192, 7-Ottertail 141, 8-Trek North 122
Individual winner: Kendal Hendrickson 23:54.0
Laker results - Varsity
26 Ellen Teiken 29:38.5
40 Anna Schumacher 36:31.0
43 Hope Weidemann 53:17.8
15 Luisa Walz 18:11.3
16 Maren Hoban 18:18.1
19 Taylor Brend 19:31.6
24 Lexi Lundeen 20:30.0
26 Maddie Walz 20:43.8
31 Emma Teiken 22:43.0
36 Parker Quam 41:48.2