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NewSection 1 Results

March 2, 2021
Brian Abery reports: Minnesota high school Section 1 Championships took place Tuesday at Hyland Lake with the boys and girls experiencing very different competitions. Racing first in the morning, the boys had a relatively firm track with Magnus O'Connor leading the Prior Lake boys to victory winning the combined by almost one minute over his young brother Evan. Sam Folland, Northfield, took third place overall. The girls races were an entirely different animal as the track broke down in the afternoon and there was free water in the snow as the temps rose to the upper 40s. Greta Engels, Lakeville, and Hastings Linnea Urban battled it out for the individual title with Engels edging Urban by 1.8 seconds for the overall in spite of the latter being the only girl to break 14 minutes in the freestyle race. Olivia Matsoff, Eagan-Eastview, rounded out the podium. On the team side, Prior Lake bested Eagan by 10 points for the team tile, while the Rosemount girls held off Eagan-Eastview by 8 points.

NewSection 8 Results

March 2, 2021
Jay Richards reports: Maplelag Resort was host to the Minnesota High School Section 8 Championships under bright March sunshine and fast warming temperatures on Tuesday. The changing conditions after a fast boy's classic race did little to alter the power generated from champ Logan Jensen, Bemidji, who put in a dominating performance in both the classic and skate events and was the only skier to post a sub-10 minute classic time. Little Falls Jackson Grant put up a solid fight to nail the second spot while Jensen's teammate Nick Youso collected third after posting the second fastest time in classic. In the girls race, Kaisia Bosek of Alexandria skied to the fastest classic time in the morning but Brainerd's Lilian Schaeffer put in a crushing skate performance that was good enough to overtake Bosek and take the Section title. St. Cloud Tech's Wren Scott-Lumbar registered the third spot. Team titles went to the Bemidji boys with Little Falls the runner up. The Brainerd girls took the top spot and Alexandria girls finally punched their ticket to State after missing by the slimmest of margins the previous two years.

NewSection 2 Coverage

March 2, 2021
Minnesota High School Section 2 Championships quickly turned into a battle of heat and slop as temperatures soaring into the 40s by late Tuesday morning at Theodore Wirth. The boys race was an exciting three way battle between Minneapolis Southwest's Cooper Camp and Victor Sparks and Eden Prairie's Benon Brattebo. Brattebo posted the top classic time, but then the Southwest boys came flying back in the skate with Camp logging the fastest time and taking the combined title by less than four seconds, Brattebo second, and Sparks just 4/10s behind! Margaret Wagner, Edina, ruled the day for the girls posting the fastest times in both formats. Eden Prairie's Ella Bakken posted a fast enough freestyle time to take second place in the overall, with Washburn's Etta Leugers third. Teams advancing to State: Minneapolis Southwest and Eden Prairie boys, Eden Prairie and Minneapolis Washburn girls. Results linked in, along with photosets.

NewSection 3 Results

March 1, 2021
Minnesota high school Section 3 championships were run on fast trails at Hyland Lake on Monday. St. Paul Highland Park's Molly Moening had a strong performance, posting the only sub-13 minute classic and sub-11 minute freestyle results in collecting the girls victory. SPA eighth grader Inga Wing skied to second place with Math and Science Academy's Greta Hansen in third. Davis Isom, St. Paul Highland Park topped the boys field with St. Paul Central's Charlie Ostergren second and Isom's teammate Otto Schmidt third. St. Paul Highland Park and St. Paul Academy girls advance to State, along with St. Paul Central and St. Paul Highland Park boys.

NewSection 6 Coverage

March 1, 2021
Minnesota High School Sectional Championships got underway Monday, with Section 6 competing on new snow and temperatures in the teens at Theodore Wirth. Roger Anderson, Robbinsdale-Armstrong, leveraged a strong classic race with enough speed in the freestyle to defeat Colin Freed, Wayzata, for the boys title with Wayzata's Daniel McCollor third. For the girls, Sydney Drevlow of Hopkins dominated as she won both classic and freestyle races. Lauren McCollor, Wayzata was second with Hopkin's Elsa Bergman third. Boys teams Wayzata and Robbinsdale-Armstrong and girls teams Wayzata and Hopkins advance to State. Results linked in, along with photos.

Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing Rankings - Round 5

February 26, 2021
Another round of rankings is out, just in front of the big section meets next week. Some shuffling in individual rankings, and a new number one team for the girls!

Junior Birkie Coverage

February 26, 2021
The kids finally got their chance to shine at Birkie Week on Friday with the Junior Birkie races at the Kortelopet Stadium. Check out the final results and photos from the event.

Minnesota State Meet Switches to Two Day Format

February 24, 2021
The 2021 covid format Minnesota State High School Nordic Skiing Championships has been changed to a two day format, with girls on Thursday, March 11th and boys on Friday, March 12th. In addition, the section qualification has been restored to the two two teams of seven skiers, plus the top six individual skiers not on the selected teams.

Mayor's Challenge Freestyle Coverage

February 21, 2021
A near perfect day of racing Sunday at Theodore Wirth for the freestyle races in the Mayor's Challenge. Caitlin Gregg showcased some of her World Cup talent in posting the only sub 15 minute time in the women's 5K on a challenging course. Renae Anderson (U23) and Erin Bianco (U23) rounded out the top three. Maggie Wagner was the fastest of the U18 field, Sydney Drevlow best of the U16 (and 5th overall), and Isabel Seay topped the U20 group. In the men's 10K, Christian Gostout (U23) ruled the day while Adrik Kraftson (U18) was second, Tyrg Solberg (U23) third. Colin Freed skated to the best U20 time. In the boy's 5K, Daniel McCollor topped Davis Isom by just over six seconds for the win, Josh Frett third. Results linked in, photos from the 5K and 10K events online now.

Mayor's Challenge Sprint Coverage

February 20, 2021
Temperatures started off in the single digits for the classic sprints but rose into the 20's in the afternoon for the freestyle sprints. Posting the top times in the classic sprints were Joe Lynch (U20) and Renae Anderson (U23). Roger Anderson was second overall by only a few tenths of a second for the best U18 time with Miles Miner the top U16 skier. Jordan Parent was third overall as the top U18 gal, Margaret Dalseth posted the top U20 time, and Sydney Drevlow was the best of the U16 field. The afternoon freestyle races had some extra "bumps" on the course to change things up. Renae Anderson (U23) completed with the sprint sweep with the best freestyle time, Cooper Camp (U18) had the top time for the boys. Isabel Seay scooped up the best U20 result, Lauren McCollor had the top time for the girls U18 division while Margo Nightingale topped the U16 field. Joe Lynch lead the U20 skiers and just missed the sweep, finishing just two-tenths of a second behind Camp. Davis Isom was the fastest of the U16 guys. Results linked in, along with photos from the classic sprints.

Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing Rankings - Round 4

February 18, 2021
Whew -- after being frozen out, the rankings finally get a refresh. Nothing new at the top of the heap, but plenty of tweaks including some well deserving that had been previously left out.

Coaches Association Proposes State Meet Format

February 18, 2021
The Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing Coaches Association has put forward a new proposal for the State Meet this March, suggesting the normal section selection criteria with a two-day State Meet format at Giants Ridge with boys and girls competing on separate days, each skiing 5K classic in the morning and 5K freestyle (non-pursuit) in the afternoon. A final decision is expected by early next week.

Wisconsin State Meet Posted Postponed

February 10, 2021
Another casualty to the cold weather: The Wisconsin State Meet scheduled for this weekend has been posted to early March. Also, the CCSA races scheduled for this weekend in Rhinelander have been cancelled.

Coaches Association Seeks State Meet Input

February 8, 2021
The Minnesota State High School Nordic Coaches Association is seeking member input on the 2021 State Meet, planned for March 12th. President Michael Meehlhause presents some of the details and options and is asking coaches to provide input via a Google Form.

Minnesota State Meet is On!

February 4, 2021
The Minnesota State High School League board of directors approved plans for state tournaments this winter. The Nordic skiing State Meet is scheduled for Friday, March 12th at Giants Ridge. They plan to split the genders up, with one half in the morning and the other in the afternoon, as well as limiting the field size to 88 skiers per gender.

Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing Rankings - Round 3

February 3, 2021
Another JNQ in the books and a regular diet of high school meets has allowed us to generate a new set of rankings for the Minnesota high school Nordic skiing scene. Keeping a firm grip at the top, Molly Moening and her Highland Park teammates hold both the individual and team number one rankings. On the boys side, things are getting tighter but Colin Freed holds on for at least another round as the top ranked guy, with Minneapolis Southwest the top team.

Duluth CXC Super Cup Freestyle Coverage

January 24, 2021
A big day of freestyle racing at Grand Avenue Nordic Center Sunday for the Duluth CXC Super Cup races. Some blazing fast times for the 7.5K distance with Cooper Camp, U18, posting the best at 18:04. Colin Freed again lead the U20 men (and 2nd overall), while Daniel McCollor also repeated as U16 champion. On the women's side, Isabel Seay, U20, had the top time at 21:13, with U18's Molly Moening second, and Sydney Drevlow continuing her strong run as top U16 in third overall. Results linked in along with U16 boys race photos by Dave Zoll.

Duluth CXC Super Cup Classic Coverage

January 23, 2021
Grand Avenue Nordic Center was the center of action on Saturday as JNQ format races in classic technique were contested. Gus Schatzlein posted the top time in the men's 10K, with Roger Anderson just five seconds back and the top U18 skier followed by Victor Sparks just one second later. Top U20 skier was Colin Freed (5th overall), Daniel McCollor won the boy's U16 5K race. In the women's 5K, a pair of U16 lead the field with Sydney Drevlow and Margo Nightingale separated by a single second! Lauren McCollor was the top U18 (3rd overall), Isabel Seay best of the U20 gals. Results linked in, photos of the U16 boys from Dave Zoll.

Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing Rankings - Round 2

January 20, 2021
After a great weekend of racing in Cable, WI, that featured many of the Midwest's best juniors, we take a dive into the individual rankings and shake things up. But at the top, Colin Freed, Wayzata, and Molly Moening, St. Paul Highland Park, remain firmly seated.

Cable CXC Super Cup Freestyle Coverage

January 17, 2021
Another day of fantastic racing on a fast course at the Birkie trailhead in Cable for the CXC Super Cup on Sunday. In the men's 10K freestyle, NMU's Kjetil Baanerud was the top dog again with Tobias Moosmann (also NMU) and Brian Gregg within 30 seconds back. Caitlin Gregg captured the women's 5K freestyle with the only sub 13 minute time on the day. Henriette Semb, MTU, was second with Malin Boerjesjoe, NMU, third. Spectacular results by the U18 champions as Adrik Kraftson was 5th and Molly Moening was 7th overall! Best in the U20 field were Olivia Laven and Colin Freed. U16 titles went to Sydney Drevlow and Daniel McCollor. Results linked in, photos of U16 boys by Dave Zoll online now as well as photos posted from the women's 5K and men's 10K by Jackie Schneider.

Cable CXC Super Cup Classic Coverage

January 16, 2021
Near perfect conditions Saturday for classic distance races at the Birkie trailhead in Cable, Wisconsin for the CXC Super Cup series. In the men's 15K, NMU's Kjetil Baanerud clocked the only sub 41 minute time with 40:36 with Brian Gregg second, Tobias Moosmann, NMU, third. The women's 10K field was lead by Malin Boerjesjoe, NMU, who has the only sub 32 minute time, coming in at 31:37 with Renae Anderson second, Henriette Semb, NMU third. Top U20 times when to Anabel Needham and Colin Freed. Fastest in the U18 were Molly Moening and Jasper Johnston. U16 victories were earned by Sydney Drevlow and Davis Isom. Results linked in, along with photosets from Jackie Schneider.

MSHSL Lifts Mask Requirement for Skiing Competitions

January 15, 2021
On Thursday, the Minnesota State High School League issued new guidance stating that masks are no longer required during competition for Nordic and alpine events. Note that skiers will still need to mask up before and immediately after their race.

Minnesota High School Racing Underway!

January 14, 2021
The Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing racing season fired up this week, with the Lake Conference posting one of the first results. Racing at Baker Park on Thursday, Minnetonka boys beat Wayzata by three points (six skier scoring), with Wayzata girls besting the field. Top individuals were Colin Freed, Wayzata (by .2 seconds over teammate Daniel McCollor) and Ella Bakken, Eden Prairie.

Racing Outlook

January 11, 2021
An early update on the weekend races: Registration closes for the Cable JNQ Tuesday night; Pre-Loppet is on; HinderBinder is on; River View Loppet is on!

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Pre-Loppet Registration Closing - Register by Thursday night if you plan to race in the Pre-Loppet on Sunday.

Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing Rankings - Round 1

January 3, 2021
Most of the Minnesota high school Nordic skiing teams will finally start up in-person training for the season on Monday, with the first races about ten days later. We jump right into the game with our first set of rankings for a very unusual season!

Houghton CXC Super Cup: Freestyle Coverage

January 3, 2021
It was the Gregg show on the trails at Michigan Tech Sunday for the freestyle races of the CXC Super Cup. Parents Brian and Caitlin Gregg schooled the younger skiers, taking victories in the 15K and 10K freestyle races. Brian won by almost 15 seconds over NMU's Kjetil Baanerud, with MTU's Patrick Acton third. Caitlin crushed the women's field, posting a winning margin of nearly a minute over Malin Boerjesjoe, NMU, with Mara McCollor, Mpls Ski Club, third. Best U20 results were posted by Olivia Laven and Colin Freed, top U18 juniors were Molly Moening and Adrik Kraftson, with Margo Nightingale and Daniel McCollor the fastest of the U16 class. Results linked in, plus photosets from Chris Schmidt are posted.

Houghton CXC Super Cup: Sprints Coverage

January 2, 2021
The Midwest racing season finally got underway with a weekend of racing action on the trails at Michigan Tech for the CXC Super Cup. Saturday's races were a double-header as pandemic restrictions forced the traditional sprints to be a qualifier only event, with classic in the morning and freestyle in the afternoon. The top combined time on the day went to Austrian native Tobias Moosmann, skiing for NMU, and clocking 5:40.17 while Sweden's Malin Boerjesjoe, also NMU, had the best women's combined time of 6:38.91. Top U18 times went to Jasper Johnston and Jordan Parent, U16 victories were earned by Dietrich Mattison and Margo Nightingale. Results linked in, photosets from Chris Schmidt linked in. Sunday will feature individual start freestyle distance races.

Minnesota Issues New Covid Guidelines

December 28, 2020
On Monday, Minnesota issued an update on Covid restrictions for youth and adult sports which will go into effect on January 4th. Outdoor team practices, with size limits, can resume on Jan 4th but competitions must wait until Jan 14th to begin. According to the latest updates, mask usage will be required for most sports including skiing.

Minnesota Executive Order 20-103 Further Delays Sports

December 16, 2020
Minnesota Gov. Walz issued Executive Order 20-103 on Wednesday, which includes an extension on the ban of youth sport practices thru Jan 3rd, further delaying the start of practice for the Minnesota high school Nordic skiing season. In addition, most adult outdoor group sports are remain effectively banned, including ski races, thru Jan 3rd.

Jessie Diggins: High School Season

December 10, 2020
Jessie Diggins shares some words of encouragement on the ski season for junior skiers.

CXC Posts Update on CXC Cup Schedule

December 10, 2020
CXC issued an updated game plan for the junior racing season, reflecting possible open dates and hinting at a virtual competition.

Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing Opening Day: Highland Park

November 30, 2020
With Covid 19 restrictions in place across Minnesota until Dec 19th, Monday's opening day of the high school Nordic season was all virtual. St. Paul Highland Park shares their plans for virtual meetings and training as the skiers prepare for the racing season.

Mesabi East Nordic Invitational Cancellation

November 30, 2020
Organizers have announced the cancellation of the Mesabi East Invite for this season due to the pandemic. They are already beginnng plans for the 2022 event.

CXC Cancels First Two Events in CXC Cup Series

November 21, 2020
Because the latest executive order in Minnesota, the first two events in the CXC Cup series have been cancelled. Those first two events were weekend series at Grand Avenue in Duluth and Mount Itasca in Coleraine. Athletes, coaches and supporters should cancel plans for those events.

Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing Season Delayed Again

November 20, 2020
Due to Minnesota Governor Walz executive order 20-99, the high school league (MSHSL) has delayed the start of the Nordic skiing season to Dec 19th. Guidance from MSHSL states virtual meetings with athletes can be held, but no group workouts are allowed.

MSHSCA Nordic Fall Meeting Tuesday, Nov 10th

November 7, 2020
Minnesota High School Coaches Association Nordic Skiing Fall Meeting will be held online this year via Zoom call on Tuesday evening, Nov 10th. Topics include covid protocols, State Meet status, new State Meet format, wax policies and more.

2019-20 Season Highlights

May 1, 2020
Catch highlights plus full results and photos from the 2019-2020 high school racing season.