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Bemidji boys Nordic skiers wins Brainerd meet

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Three Bemidji skiers finished in the top 10 Friday to lift the Lumberjacks to the team title at the Brainerd Invitational high school cross country ski meet at Mount Itasca.

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Bemidji finished fifth out of 14 teams in the girls division.

The event was a continuous pursuit race with two laps of classical and two laps of skate skiing totaling 10.8 kilometers.

Tony Sagedahl finished fifth in 26 minutes, 49 seconds, Kyle Sagedahl seventh in 27:35 and Adam Holter eighth in 27:44 for the Jacks, who scored 372 points to edge runnerup Brainerd by five.

Jake Richards of Detroit Lakes won the boys race in 25:02.

Bemidji's Eli Rassler finished 12th in 28:33, Sam Dwyer 19th in 30:09, Josh Claussen 26th in 31:06 and Tanner Asper 33rd in 32:01.

"The guys did a good job of staying very compact together," said Bemidji coach Mark Walters. "This was the purest Section 8 field we've had all year. It really shows the depth of strength in our section."

Eighth grader Morgan Sagedahl and Norwegian exchange student Stine Haave led the Bemidji girls. Sagedahl finished 12th in 34:43 and Haave placed 17th in 36:18.

Bemidji's Summer Johnson finished 28th in 38:54, Maari Stocker 36th in 39:51, California Thorson 47th in 42:23 and Mikayla Connell 53rd in 44:16.

"Morgan had a great individual effort," Walters said. "She is starting to show real strength on the varsity level. Stine also came out strong. She could be our first foreign exchange student to contend for a trip to state."

Solveig Viren led Grand Rapids to the team title with a first-place finish in 30:58.

Bemidji's TrekNorth team finished ninth in the boys race and eighth in the girls.

Boys team totals

Bemidji 372, Brainerd 367, Mesabi East 359, St. Cloud Tech 315, Little Falls 312, Detroit Lakes 280, Grand Rapids 280, Mora 261, TrekNorth 227, Alexandria 217, St. Cloud Apollo 194, Otter Tail Nordic 125, Deer River 88.

Girls team totals

Grand Rapids 390, Little Falls 375, Brainerd 343, Mora 312, Bemidji 311, Detroit Lakes 296, Mesabi East 278, TrekNorth 253, St. Cloud Apollo 244, Alexandria 221, St. Cloud Tech 187, Deer River 63, Hibbing 49, Otter Tail Nordic 44.

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