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Nordic Skiing: Erickson 9th at St. Cloud

ST. CLOUD -- Willmar seventh-grader Jack Erickson placed ninth in the final heat Thursday at the St. Cloud Sprints.

Erickson advanced to the final after qualifying through two heats.

Six other Willmar skiers advanced to the second race; Ian Thompson, John Palmer and Kai Christianson on the boys' side, and Samantha Hanson, Sam Schlecht and McKenna Olson on the girls' side. The Cardinals had 53 of their 62 skiers compete in the races.