Bailey Drewes continued her success on the cross country ski trails Tuesday as the Bemidji senior finished second at the Bemidji Invitational at Buena Vista.
Tuesday's pursuit format featured five kilometers of classical skiing in the morning and five kilometers of skate skiing in the afternoon.
Drewes completed both legs in 34:15 and trailed only Manon Grammon-Dearing of Little Falls who was clocked in 34:02.
In the varsity boys competition Bemidji was led by Tony Sagedahl who was seventh in 30:36. Jake Richards of Detroit Lakes was the individual winner in 28.18.
Little Falls captured both varsity team titles while Brainerd was second and the Lumberjacks third.
In the boys varsity, the Flyers collected 375 points, Brainerd 366 and Bemidji 363. Little Falls had a wider margin in the girls varsity as it posted a score of 386. Brainerd had 366 and Bemidji 354.
Trailing the leaders in both races were Detroit Lakes, Trek North, Deer River and Fergus Falls.
Tuesday's meet was originally scheduled for last Saturday but was postponed because of the bone-chilling temperatures and all who participated Tuesday were happy that the move was made.
"There was a tremendous turnaround in the weather conditions," said BHS coach Mark Walters. "We had pleasant temperatures, the course was in fantastic condition, the track was firm and things were relatively easy for the spectators and volunteers."
Bemidji had four skiers place in the top-20 in the girls race. In addition to Drewes' second-place finish, Morgan Sagedahl was 15th (40:18), Alicia Papke-Larson 16th (40:36) and Laura Yourd 17th (40:48).
"Bailey is healthy and skiing very strong," Walters said. "We expect Bailey to challenge for a state berth at the section meet and we have other skiers who are on the cusp of a state berth. Hopefully they will have good days at the section meet and challenge as individuals for the state."
The boys also were bunched among the leaders. Tony Sagedahl was seventh, Kyle Sagedahl eighth (21:12) and Adam Holter ninth (31:16). Completing Bemidji's scorers was Eli Rassler who finished 17th (33:12).
Also in the top-20 was John Buckanaga who placed 18th (33:41).
"The boys fared quite well," the coach said. "We did slip back a bit in relationship to Little Falls and Brainerd but the slip is nothing we can't recover from. The true test will come Feb. 9 at the section meet at Camp Ripley."
Bemidji will conclude its regular season Tuesday at the North Star Invitational, a 6.5-km classical race at Itasca State Park.
5-km classical, 5-km skate
Little Falls 375, Brainerd 366, Bemidji 363, Detroit Lakes 351, Fergus Falls 266, Trek North 226, Deer River 161
1-Richards (DL) 28:18.
7-T.Sagedahl 30:36; 8-K.Sagedahl 31:12; 9-Holter 31:16; 17-Rassler 33:21; 18-J.Buckanaga 33:41; 28-T.Buckanaga 35:18; 30-Berube 35:36; 31-Asper 35:39; 32-Danielson 35:40; 38-Chatterton 37:05; 43-Hewitt 37:58; 45-Dwyer 44:00
Little Falls 386, Brainerd 366, Bemidji 354, Detroit Lakes 334, Trek North 323, Deer River 83, Fergus Falls inc.
1-Gammon-Daring (LF) 34:02
2-Drewes 34:15; 15-M.Sagedahl 40:18; 16-Papke-Larson 40:36; 17-Yourd 40:48; 21-Johnson 41:28; 31-Thorson 44:05; 32-K.Truedson 44:16; 34-Eggebo 44:44; 35-Brokl 44:46; 37-Scholl 45:45; 39-Heisler 46:43