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NORDIC SKIING: Bemidji girls, boys relay team each place 15th at state

The Bemidji High School Nordic skiing teams wrapped up their seasons on the highest stage on Wednesday and Thursday, competing at the state meet at Giants Ridge in Biwabik.

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The Bemidji High School girls Nordic skiing team placed 15th at the state meet on Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 16-17, 2022, at Giants Ridge in Biwabik.
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BIWABIK -- The Bemidji High School Nordic skiing teams wrapped up their seasons on the highest stage on Wednesday and Thursday, competing at the state meet at Giants Ridge in Biwabik.

The girls qualified as a team and placed 15th out of 16 schools, while Louis Morrissey and Seth Lindgren earned an individual berth in the boys sprint relay and took 15th out of 24 duos.

Anna Renn and Ella Simula were the Lumberjack girls’ sprint relay pair, and they finished 10th with a time of 19:03.07. Mary Beth Mathews was the top BHS finisher in the pursuit, placing 62nd overall with a total time of 39:18.1.

Mia Hoffmann placed 79th overall thanks to a 41:05.0 finish, and Regan DeWitt was close behind in 84th (41:20.9) to round out Bemidji’s score. Also racing for the Jacks were Kate Martin (96th, 43:30.9) and Elana Harmsen (109th, 52:45.7).

St. Paul Highland Park won the girls state championship as a team, collecting 371 points to edge Duluth East by three. BHS finished with 236 points, ahead of Maple Grove’s 200.

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Sydney Drevlow of Hopkins won the girls’ pursuit race with a time of 33:40.7, while Liesl Cope-Schaeffer and Rowan Bixler were first in the sprint relay at 17:52.41.

On the boys’ side, Morrissey and Lindgren combined for a time of 16:14.29. The sprint relay is in its inaugural year, and so the two stand as Bemidji’s first-ever state participants in the event.

Minneapolis Southwest won the boys state championship, while their pair of Lars Brinkema and Sam Scott claimed the sprint relay title in 14:59.55.

The Lumberjacks graduate eight seniors from the program. The boys send off Bryce Kondos, Paul Louvar, Brent Nistler, Ethan Pollock and Lindgren, while the girls bid adieu to Camille McDermott, Martin and Mathews.

Girls Team Results

1-St. Paul Highland Park 371; 2-Duluth East 368; 3-Forest Lake 346; 4-St. Louis Park 320; 5-Brainerd 318; 6-Stillwater 316; 7-Hopkins 304; 8-Minneapolis Washburn 301; 9-Ely 294; 10-St. Paul Academy and Summit School 278; 11-Eden Prairie 276; 12-Eagan/Eastview 255; 13-Elk River/Zimmerman 253; 14-Winona 237; 15-Bemidji 236; 16-Maple Grove 200.

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