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Nordic skiing: Mora boys, girls sweep Willmar Triangular

Willmar senior Jack Erickson nears the end of the 6k skate race on the Swan Lake Cross Country Trail which covers many of the climbs and dips of the Eagle Creek Golf Course back 9 Thursday in Willmar. (Tribune photo by Rand Middleton) 1 / 2
Sophomore Samantha Hanson, shown early in the 6k skate, would be the top finisher for Willmar in a triangular with Mora and Alexandria at Eagle Creek Golf Course Thursday in Willmar. (Tribune photo by Rand Middleton)2 / 2

WILLMAR — Following last season’s un-Minnesota winter, the Willmar Cardinals Nordic team got a home meet Thursday.

Mora and Alexandria were the guests. The 5k races were held on the well-groomed Swan Lake Cross County Trail which loops about the wavy back 9 of the Eagle Creek Golf Course.

Mora, home of the famed Vasaloppet, easily won both varsity team races on a fast course. The first four boys were from Mora and the top two girls to finish on the sunny, 20-degree afternoon in a biting northerly wind.

Willmar’s top finishers were freshman Jack Erickson (fifth) and sophomore Samantha Hanson (seventh).

Races were also held for junior varsity and middle school.

The Cardinals have the majority of the school’s Christmas break off before heading north to Alexandria to participate in a meet at Arrowwood Resort on Friday, Jan. 5.

Boys Results

TEAM SCORING — (1) Mora (2) Alexandria (3) Willmar

5K SKATE — (1) Max Anderson, Mora, 17:06 … Willmar: (5) Jack Erickson 17:59 (11) Nathanial Erickson 19:25 (13) Ryan Haines 19:52 (15) Peter Rozendaal 21:12 (16) Cody McFarland 21:15 (18) Alec Janning 21:47

Girls Results

TEAM SCORING — (1) Mora (2) Alexandria (3) Willmar

5K SKATE — (1) Callie Smith, Mora, 19:13 … Willmar: (7) Samantha Hanson 22:16 (8) Ashlyn Boehme 22:55 (10) Madison Thomas 24:26 (11) Erika Aaker 25-19 (12) Catherine Halvorson 25:49 (14) Kassi Erickson 26:40

Rand Middleton
Tribune photographer/videographer. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime news/sports beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 
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