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Willmar teams compete at Giants Ridge Invitational

Tom LaPatka of Willmar races in the boys' 5k classic race. Submitted photo1 / 2
Julie Hulstrand of Willmar competes in the five-kilometer classic race at the Giants Ridge Invite Saturday in Biwabik. Submitted photo2 / 2

BIWABIK -- The Willmar Nordic ski teams competed at the Giants Ridge Invite Saturday.

Both boys and girls teams finished 74th. There were 80 girls teams and 78 boys teams.

Tom LaPatka led the Cardinal boys in the classical race with a 21:58.2 and Matthew Weitzel had a 21:15.7 in the skate.

Julie Hulstrand paced the Willmar girls with a 30:19.4 in the classical and Danielle Erickson had a 24:54.8 in the skate.

Eden Prairie was the boys' team champion and Roseville won the girls' team title.

Boys Results

TEAM SCORING -- (1) Eden Prairie ... (74) Willmar

5K CLASSIC -- (1) Ben Ohman, Orono, 16:23.3 ... (146) Tom LaPatka, Willmar, 21:58.2 (184) Brad Kallhoff, Willmar, 27:50.1 (185) Henry Bielenberg, Willmar, 29:44.8

5K FREESTYLE -- (1) Andy Dodds, Apple Valley, 15:11.2 ... (149) Matthew Weitzel, Willmar, 21:15.7 (171) Michael Cola, Willmar, 22:12.2 (173) Daniel Voss, Willmar, 22:27.7

Girls Results

TEAM SCORING -- (1) Roseville ... (74) Willmar

5K CLASSIC -- (1) Jessie Diggins, Stillwater, 18:17.1 ... (181) Julie Hulstrand, Willmar, 30:19.4 (184) Anna Burns, Willmar, 30:55.3 (187) Kaia Halbritter, Willmar, 31:47.6

5K FREESTYLE -- (1) Jordyn Ross, Lakeville South, 18:12.8 ... (124) Danielle Erickson, Willmar, 24:54.8 (176) Emily Streich, Willmar, 29:07.3 (182) Aileen Clarke, Willmar, 30:13.4

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