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NewMinnesota Section 6 Championship Coverage

February 6, 2023
Minnesota High School Section Championships got underway Monday with Section 6 at Hyland Park. Team competition turned into a nail biter as both the boys and girls scoring leaned into their team sprint scores for the victory. The Wayzata girls held on to win the team title by two points over St. Louis Park, with Hopkins third. Likewise, the Wayzata boys topped the Armstrong boys by three points for the win with Orono third. Audrey Parham, Wayzata, launched a fast skate time to move up from third to win the pursuit title. Hanna Wilsey, St. Louis Park was second, Erica Kazin, Orono, third. On the boys side, Daniel McCollor,Wayzata, posted the top classic and skate times to secure the title, Miles Miner, Orono, second and Logan Drevlow, Hopkins, skated up to third. Results linked in and posts from the classic races posted.

Minnesota High School Sections Preview

February 4, 2023
The Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing season ramps up this coming week with sectional championships. We've got the details on the section dates, locations and schedules (take note in the metro area, the snowmaking venues will be busy).

Coleraine JNQ Classic Results

January 22, 2023
Some exciting races on Sunday as classic mass start events were the format for the Coleraine JNQ at Mt. Itasca in Coleraine, MN. Sydney Drevlow completed the weekend sweep, taking the women's 7.5K classic race just in from of Greta Hansen and Hailee Zimpel. In the men's race, Andrew DeFor pulled away for the victory with Davis Isom second and Noah Erickson third. Top U16 performances on the day went to Mackenzie Thompson (CAN) and Logan Drevlow.

Coleraine JNQ Freestyle Coverage

January 21, 2023
With temps in the mid 20s and a 5K course freshly groomed last night, conditions were top notch Saturday for the Junior Nationals qualifying races at Mt. Itasca. Sydney Drevlow posted the women's top 10K time, a full 30 seconds ahead of the rest of the field. Davis Isom won the men's 10K, with the top nine all finishing within a minute. U16 titles went to Mackenzie Thompson (CAN) and Logan Drevlow. Results linked in, photo albums posted and along with video highlights.

ABC Relays Results

January 14, 2023
Eighteen teams lined up Saturday morning for the annual ABC Relay races, held on the Vasaloppet Nordic trails in Mora. Little Falls boys won the boys title in an exciting battle with Blaine by one second margin of victory. The girls side was just as dynamic with the Winona girls besting Minneapolis Washburn by the same one second margin. Little Falls Connor Grant and Greta Hansen, Math and Science Academy, had the fastest classic splits, Ben Lewis, Blaine, and Emma Jamison, Sartell/Cathedral, the best skate times.

Detroit Lakes Invite Coverage

January 12, 2023
Jay Richards shares: Maplelag Resort was host to one of the longest running high school Nordic ski races in Minnesota, the 29th annual Detroit Lakes Invitational. The meet featured a mass start 9km continuous pursuit for varsity skiers on separate courses with a fresh dusting of snow. Both Brainerd boys and girls took the team titles, even with top skier Annelise Baird on the sidelines in the girls race. Individual honors went to Zaine Braaten of Moorhead in the boys race and Jaelyn Miller of Alexandria in the girls race.

US Nationals: Freestyle Sprints Coverage

January 7, 2023
The 2023 US Cross-Country Ski Championships wrapped up on Sunday with freestyle sprints the final action item. NMU's Kristoffer Alm Karsrud picked up his second win of the Championships in the senior bracket, completing his sweep of the men's sprints. Sharing the freestyle podium with him was Luke Jager in second and Tom Mancini in third. Hailey Swirbul finished her Championships with a shutout, winning all four competitions this week, including today's. She was joined on the women's podium by Novie McCabe and Lauren Jortberg, who finished second and third respectively. Of the athletes native the Midwest, the best were John Schwinghamer and Erin Bianco, with Bianco making it all the way to the final where she finished 5th. Lauren McCollor also had a standout result as the junior title winner out of the senior bracket. For the up-and-comers, Trey Jones and Sammy Legate were the ones to win the men's and women's finals in the junior bracket. Results are linked in, photos and videos will be up later tonight.

Mesabi East Invite Results

January 7, 2023
Mesabi East Invite lived up to it's reputation as the biggest high school race in the nation with over 900 skiers competing on Saturday. Trail conditions were some of the best in recent season at Giants Ridge. Classic titles were earned by Della Bettendorf, Proctor/Hermantown, while Tommy Simmonds, Prior Lake won just by 2/10th sec over James Kyes, Duluth East. Ely's Zoe Devine and Duluth East's Oliver Miatke had the top skate times. Duluth East swept the team titles.

US Nationals: Classic Distance Coverage

January 6, 2023
The sun finally broke through on Day 3 of the 2023 US Cross-Country Ski Championships, delivering optimal racing conditions for the scheduled mass-start classic races. Securing his second consecutive title these Championships, Luke Jager crossed the line first in the men's 20K, just over a second in front of the runner-up, David Norris, and third place finisher, Zanden McMullen. Aiming for her third consecutive title, Hailey Swirbul had her work cut out for her as the women's 20K came down to a sprint in which she just edged out Sydney Palmer-Leger. Novie McCabe glided in shortly after to lock in the last remaining spot on the podium. Top Midwest results were earned by Reid Goble (7th) and the pair of Hannah Rudd (11th) and Margie Freed (12th). Of the juniors, Ava Thurston and NMU's Adrik Kraftson held the top times in the 10K races. Saturday marks the final competitions of the 2023 US Cross-Country Ski Championships with the program calling for freestyle sprints. Results are linked in, photos and videos are online.

US Nationals: Classic Sprints Coverage

January 4, 2023
Day 2 of the 2023 US Cross-Country Ski Championships called for classic sprints, a tall order for wax techs with flurries on the air. Battling back late in the final, NMU's Kristoffer Alm Karsrud was first across the line of the senior men, although Luke Jager would be the one to cross the line as the first American and national champion, finishing third overall. Second overall went to Magnus Boee, while Will Koch and Zanden McMullen rounded out the all-American podium. On the other side, Hailey Swirbul was crowned the national champion and was the overall winner, with Mariel Merlii Pulles and Tilde Baangman standing to either side of her on the overall podium, and the same for Sydney Palmer-Leger and Kendall Kramer on the all-American podium. Top results for athletes with Midwest roots came from Reid Goble and Margie Freed, while top junior results came from Hugo Hinckfuss and Samantha Smith in the senior heats, with NMU's Adrik Kraftson and Emma Charles the winners of the junior heats. The second half of the 2023 US Cross-Country Ski Championships start on Friday with classic mass-start distance racing. Results are linked in, big photosets posted along with videos recaps.

Noquemanon: No Fee for Junior Noque

January 3, 2023
A big announcement on Tuesday, as Noquemanon announced the Junior Noque fees are being covered under an annual gift in the memory of Cheri Rundman (Uelmen). Juniors can register for the event for free (and if already registered, have their fee refunded). To further commemorate Rundman's legacy, the Junior Noque will officially be known as the Rundman Jacobson Junior Noquemanon. The Junior Noque is set for Friday, Jan 27th.

US Nationals: Freestyle Distance Coverage

January 2, 2023
The sky was overcast and temperatures were hovering around freezing as the 2023 US Cross-Country Ski Championships got underway in Houghton, Michigan on Monday. For the first of four days of racing, the best in the US faced a 10K freestyle course in an interval-start format, with the women up first on the two lap course. A stacked field was whittled down to a standalone group of three for the podium: Sydney Palmer-Leger in 3rd, Novie McCabe in 2nd, and Hailey Swirbul as the national champion. With a similarly competitive field, the podium for the men's race consisted of Skylar Patten in 3rd, David Norris in 2nd, and Johnny Steel Hagenbuch as the national champion; although a Norwegian, Andreas Kirkeng, posted the fastest time. Top junior results went to Nina Schamberger and Philipp Moosmayer, while top results for skiers native to the Midwest came from the Gobles: Sarah (4th) and Reid (11th). The Championships continue on Wednesday with classic sprints. Results are linked in, photos and videos posted.

Houghton JNQ/CCSA Freestyle Sprint Results

December 18, 2022
Sunday was a full day of freestyle sprint racing on the Michigan Tech trails for the Houghton JNQ/CCSA event. In the men's open, Kristoffer Karsrud (NMU) collected his second freestyle sprint title of the season followed by Adrik Kraftson (NMU, MU20), and Luke Fricker (NMU). Daniel McCollor was the top U18, finishing 5th the open quarterfinal. Jack Dahlby also repeated as freestyle sprint champ in the boys U16 division. On the women's side, Anabel Needham (MTU) continued the trend of repeat freestyle sprint champs with Katerina Hyncicova (NMU) second and Merle Richter (NMU) third. Catherine Stow had the best U20 result, finishing 5th in the final. Inga Wing was the top U16, making all the way to the women's open semifinals (5th). Lily Ward was best of the U18 girls finishing 4th the in open quarterfinal, All thoughts now turn to US Nationals, back in Houghton, Jan 2nd-7th.

Houghton JNQ/CCSA Freestyle Results

December 17, 2022
Skiers descended on Houghton, MI, this weekend for a US Nationals preview with JNQ and CCSA racing. Saturday featured freestyle races and in the mens 10K, Skylar Patten (MTU) took top honors with Adrik Kraftson (NMU, MU20) second and Tryg Solberg (MTU) third. On the women's side, Olivia Laven (MTU) had the only sub-31 minute time, Victoria Dybwad (CSS) came in second, Anabel Needham (MTU) third. Other top performances: Greta Hansen 1st FU20, Audrey Parham 1st FU18, Davis Isom 1st MU18, Lauren Cartlon 1st FU16, Ben Buchmann 1st MU16. Sunday's event will be freestyle sprints.

Duluth JNQ/CCSA Classic Coverage

December 11, 2022
Sunday wrapped up the weekend racing at Grand Ave Nordic Center in Duluth with a day of tricky waxing conditions as fresh snowfall intermittently plagued the race course. The women raced first, with the top seeds in the open class going out first. Henriette Semb, MTU, posted the top time with Merle Richter, NMU, second and Anabel Needham, MTU, third. Hailee Zimpel lead the U20 field (fourth overall), with Della Bettendorf best of the U18 and Inga Wing the top U16 skier again today. Skylar Patten, MTU, claimed the victory in the open division with Wes Campbell (U20), MTU, second and Kristoffer Karsrud, NMU third. Davis Isom was the best of U18 field, Ben Buchmann won the U16 division. Results linked in, photos and video clips from the 7.5K classic races posted.

Duluth JNQ/CCSA Freestyle Sprints Results

December 10, 2022
Grand Ave in Duluth was the destination this weekend for a pair of JNQ/CCSA events. Saturday featured freestyle sprint races. The men's open division race had NMU's Kristoffer Karsrud taking the win with teammate Luke Fricker second and Michigan Tech's Adam Witkowski third. On the women's side, Michigan Tech's Anabel Needham glided easily into first, NMU's Katerina Hyncicova second, and Scholastica's own Mia Case (U20) third. A number of U20, U18 and U16 athletes competed in the open division with Wes Campbell (U20) finishing 5th in the men's final, Davis Isom (U18) 6th in the men's semifinal, Inga Wing (U16) 6th in the women's semifinal and Hannah Koch was the top FU18, making the open quarterfinals. Jack Dahlby was best of the U16 boys, dominating the U16 boys sprint final. Sunday will be classic technique 7.5K races.

Maplelag Meet Coverage

December 6, 2022
Jay Richards reports: Maplelag Resort was host to an early season meet, the "Organic Open", featuring some of the top teams of Section 8 competing on 100% organic natural snow, possible the first in the state. Varsity skiers competed in both skate and classic races and were greeted to 3" of fluffy new snow on top of a firm base and single digit temperatures. However, no wind and sunshine at the end of the meet made for nice racing conditions. Zaine Braaten of Moorhead and Annelise Baird of Brainerd took the varsity pursuit individual titles. Team titles went to Little Falls for the boys and Brainerd for the girls.

Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing Wax Rules

December 3, 2022
A notice has been posted reminding all athletes, coaches and supporters that fluorocarbon wax products are banned from all MSHSL events.

TCNSC Meet Results

November 30, 2022
Scoring the first meet of the season (and in November!), the Twin Cities Nordic Ski Conference held a 4K freestyle time trial at Elm Creek on Wednesday. St. Paul Highland Park dominated the event with Hanna Koch and Davis Isom topping the fields.

NNF: Drive for 25 Targets Achieved

November 29, 2022
The National Nordic Foundation expresses it's gratitude to the entire Nordic community for helping reach their fundraising targets in the Drive for 25 campaign. All totaled, over $300K was generated!

Marshall Holiday Ski Camp, Dec 27-29

November 26, 2022
Marshall School's annual Holiday Ski Camp is exactly one month out from today, taking place Dec 27-29. An excellent chance for kids to receive some individualized coaching, the camp is open to children ages 5-12. Registration covers three full afternoons of learning and fun, plus rental equipment, snacks, and more!

US Nationals Waxing Facility Reservations Open

November 4, 2022
Teams and groups planning to participate at the 2023 US Cross Country Ski National Championships can now reserve their waxing facilities, with three options available: self-provided wax trailers, rented portable wax trailers, and provided wax rooms. Reservations for the latter two must be made by Dec 28th.

MN Nordic Ski Coaches Association Fall Meeting Recap

November 2, 2022
The Minnesota High School Nordic Ski Coaches Association has posted the minutes from their fall meeting, held back in mid-October. A number of rule update proposals were passed as well as a push to shift the Minnesota high school season a week later, finishing with a State Meet in late February (typically Birkie week). David Paulson was elected as the new association president.

NNF: Applications Open for U23/World Juniors Coaches

October 18, 2022
US Ski and Snowboard is now accepting applications to coach at this season's World Junior/U23 Ski Championships taking place in Whistler, Canada from Jan 25th-Feb 2nd. The deadline to apply is Oct 31st.

Minnesota High School Coaches Association Fall Meeting this Saturday

October 11, 2022
The Minnesota High School Coaches Association Fall Meeting for Nordic skiing will be this Saturday, Oct 15th, at the Vasaloppet Center in Mora. There are some very important topics on the schedule, including a number of proposed changes to the State Meet and season. Plus a new CXC Level 50 certification. Review all the meeting agenda and proposals, and RSVP.

2021-22 Season Highlights

May 1, 2022
Catch highlights plus full results and photos from the 2021-2022 high school racing season.