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Nordic skiing: Willmar boys, girls take 8th at section finals

Feb. 6—COLERAINE — The Willmar boys and girls Nordic ski teams took eighth place in their respective divisions Tuesday in the Section 8 Championships at the Mount Itasca Winter Sports Center.

The meet was originally scheduled for Monday at Maplelag Resort in Callaway but was moved for more favorable snow conditions.

In the boys overall scoring, Brainerd took first place with 391 points. Fergus Falls was second with 364. Willmar was eighth with 267.

Fergus Falls' David Ronnevik was the classical race champion with a time of 13 minutes, 22.60 seconds. Ronnevik also won the freestyle race in a time of 12:34.84. He won the pursuit title in 25:57.44.

Willmar's top boys finisher in classical was Timothy Halvorson, who placed 22nd in 16:46.16. Halvorson also had the Cardinals' best time in freestyle, placing 25th in 15:12.81.

The girls' team champion is Brainerd. The Warriors scored 389 points to edge second-place Sartell/St. Cloud Cathedral, which had 372. Willmar's girls were eighth with 266.

The girls' individual champion was Brainerd's Annelise Baird, who had a time of 15:24.76 in the classical race. She also won freestyle in 13:50.72 to win the overall pursuit title in 29:15.48.

Willmar's top classical race finisher was Emmie Larson, who placed 30th in 19:57.11. Larson also had the best freestyle time in 17:57.12, taking 28th place.

The state championships are Feb. 14-15 at Giant's Ridge Golf and Ski Resort in Biwabik.

Individual

TOP FIVE — (1) Annelise Baird, Br., 13:50.72 ... (2) Jaelyn Miller, A, 14:51.76 ... (3) Mia Hoffman, Be., 15:02.38 ... (4) Cece Jamison, S/C, 15:08.17 ... (5) Annabelle Tautges, S/C, 15:14.28

WILLMAR — (28) Emmie Larson, 17:57.12 ... (40) Elizabeth Haugen, 20:53.72 ... (41) Flor Medina Palma, 23:54.51

Individual

TOP FIVE — (1) David Ronnevik, FF, 25:57.44 ... (2) Gabe Hallgren, Br., 27:26.75 ... (3) Eli Knapp, Br., 27:57.62 ... (4) Edward Sobiech, LF, 27:58.30 ... (5) Elliott Oberton, LF, 28:30.24

WILLMAR — (24) Timothy Halvorson, 31:58.97 ... (34) Andrew Garcia, 33:55.06 ... (47) Matthew Eystad, 41:45.19 ... (51) Luis Swanson, 44:19.86