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Giant task but Willmar nordic skiers find snow

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sports Willmar, 56201

Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

BIWABIK -- Nordic skiers found snow at Giants Ridge for one of the nation's largest prep invites Saturday.

After six-weeks of dryland training and two meets on made snow, the Willmar Cardinals got to compete on trails at the base of the downhill ski runs, along with some 65 other schools. Most of the extensive trail network at the resort lacked sufficient cover.

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Willmar had one top-100 finisher. Eighth-grader Jack Erickson placed 90th in the 5k freestyle in a time of 16 minutes, 46 seconds.

Willmar is at Powder Ridge on Tuesday; Thursday's meet at Fergus Falls is cancelled.

Boys Results

TEAM SCORING (top 3) -- (1) Roseville 715 (2) Eden Prairie 702 (3) Irondale 690 ... (54) Willmar 210

5.4K CLASSIC -- (1) Sam Elfstrom, Roseville, 14.33.4 ... (159) Ryan Haines 22:27 (163) Cody McFarland 24:03 (164) Jon Onnen 27:09

5.4K FREESTYLE -- (1) Jan Ketterson, Bloomington, 13:13.7 ... (90) Jack Erickson 16:46 (136) Nathaniel Erickson 18:18 (157) Kai Christianson 19:46

Girls Results

TEAM SCORING (top 3) -- (1) Wayzata 721 (2) Stillwater 714 (3) Duluth East 713 ... (60) Willmar 128

5.4K CLASSIC -- (1) Nora Gilbertson, Stillvwater, 17:29.6 ... (160) Kalina Larsen 27:50 (165) Catey LaPatka 30:26 (167) Catherine Halvorson 30:59

5.4K FREESTYLE -- (1) Alayna Sonnesyn, Wayzata, 15:22.3 .... (142) Samantah Hanson 21:40 (160) Erica Aaker 23:18 (168) McKenna Olson 24:57

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