Both Detroit Lakes Nordic Ski teams finished in second place at the three-team Buena Vista Classic hosted by Bemidji Tuesday, Feb. 23.

All four scoring DL boys placed in the top 10 with John Bergum (15:37), Ryan Bergum (15:52) and Jacob Trout (16:14) crossing the line in order in third through fifth places. Noah Borah placed ninth overall in 16:42.

The Laker quartet scored 383 points to finish 58 in front of Trek North and only five points behind the Lumberjacks (388).

Detroit Lakes’ Jacob Trout crosses the finish line of the Buena Vista Classic on Tuesday at Buena Vista Ski Area, located north of Bemidji. Jillian Gandsey / Forum News Service
Detroit Lakes’ Jacob Trout crosses the finish line of the Buena Vista Classic on Tuesday at Buena Vista Ski Area, located north of Bemidji. Jillian Gandsey / Forum News Service

Bemidji’s Nick Youso and Logan Jensen grabbed the top two spots, Youso winning in 13:24; Jensen 11 seconds behind. The duo created a four-point lead for Bemidji totaling 199 points to 195 for DL’s top pair. Trout’s finish was a point better than Bemidji’s third finisher Sam Schulze in sixth overall, but Jack Mueller’s seventh place time of 16:34 clinched the win for the Jacks.

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Detroit Lakes’ Anna Askelson (19:33) negated a perfect score for the Bemidji girls by taking third place in the middle of four Lumberjacks. Askelson was less than a minute off the pace of medalist Madeline Simula (18:41) and a dozen seconds behind second place Kate Martin (19:21).

Lakers’ Julia Steffl and Kira Wolf placed in the top 10. Steffl crossed the finish in 20:55 for eighth place; Wolf was ninth 22 seconds later (21:17). Madi Gerdes rounded out Detroit Lakes scoring in 11th place (21:39).

Bemidji won the team race with 392 points to the Lakers’ 373. Trek North scored 294 in third place.

The Classic wrapped up regular season competition for Detroit Lakes.

Section Championship Information

The Lakers will compete at the Section 8A championships at Maplelag Resort in Callaway Tuesday, March 2.

The top 2 teams and the next six individuals not on the winning teams will advance to the state meet.

Teams will consist of 7 skiers and 2 alternates.

Race day start times:

Boys Varsity: Classic 11:30 a.m.

Boys Varsity: Freestyle 1:00 p.m.

Girls Varsity: Classic 2:30 p.m.

Girls Varsity: Freestyle 4:00 p.m.

All four will be interval start races with 2 skiers departing every 15 seconds out of 2 starting lanes. There will be separate courses for each style of race.

There will be no awards ceremony.

Spectators are limited to three per competitor and will not be allowed at the immediate start or finish areas.

No athletes will be allowed in the lodge, at any time, for any reason. Team camps must be outside or on buses, separated from others.

Parents, coaches, and bus drivers will be allowed in the lodge. Maximum capacity at any point in time will be 150 as determined by Maplelag staff. Masks and social distancing will be enforced.

Buena Vista Classic

Boys Team: (Racers points top 4 - team total)

Bemidji 100 99 95 94 - 388, Detroit Lakes 98 97 96 92 - 383, Trek North 89 83 78 75 - 325

Individuals (31 racers)

1 Nick Youso Bemidji 13:24

2 Logan Jensen Bemidji 13:35

3 John Bergum Detroit Lakes 15:37

4 Ryan Bergum Detroit Lakes 15:52

5 Jacob Trout Detroit Lakes 16:14

6 Sam Schulze Bemidji 16:20

7 Jack Mueller Bemidji 16:34

8 Cameron Carleton Bemidji 16:41

9 Noah Borah Detroit Lakes 16:42

10 Seth Lindgren Bemidji 16:51

19 Casey Parks Detroit Lakes 18:48

20 Zac Carlson Detroit Lakes 19:19

22 Evan Thomas Detroit Lakes 19:53

29 Dawson Fagerlie Detroit Lakes 23:00



Girls Team: (Racers points top 4 - team total)

Bemidji 100 99 97 96 - 392, Detroit Lakes 98 93 92 90 - 373, Trek North 81 79 69 65 - 294.

Individuals (37 racers)

1 Madeline Simula Bemidji 18:41

2 Kate Martin Bemidji 19:21

3 Anna Askelson Detroit Lakes 19:33

4 Ella Simula Bemidji 19:45

5 Anna Renn Bemidji 20:01

6 Regan DeWitt Bemidji 20:40

7 Sophia Jones Bemidji 20:43

8 Julia Steffl Detroit Lakes 20:55

9 Kira Wolf Detroit Lakes 21:17

10 Grace Cameron Bemidji 21:28

11 Madi Gerdes Detroit Lakes 21:39

14 Lexi Gerdes Detroit Lakes 22:17

17 Katie McKonkey Detroit Lakes 22:38

19 Cora Martin Detroit Lakes 22:55

26 Maren Hoban Detroit Lakes 24:27

27 Siri Vagle Detroit Lakes 26:09

28 Lexie Lundeen Detroit Lakes 26:28

30 Carlee Zurn Detroit Lakes 26:40