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Coleraine JNQ/CCSA Classic Coverage

January 23, 2022
Classic mass start races were contested Sunday at Mt. Itasca in Coleraine, MN. Emil Book Bratbak,CSS, bested Kjetil Banerud, NMU, in a photo finish in the 10K race with Kristoffer Karsrud, NMU, just behind in third. MTU's Henriette Semb came in a half second in front of teammate Anabel Needham with NMU's Merle Richter third for the women's 7.5K race. Jordan Parent topped the U18/U20 field, finishing 4th overall. Adrik Kraftson completed the weekend sweep, taking the men's 7.5K race. Best performances from the U16 field came from Anders Westanmo (11th overall) and Sydney Drevlow (9th overall). Photos from Dave Zoll linked in.

Coleraine JNQ/CCSA Freestyle Coverage

January 22, 2022
Saturday at Mt. Itasca featured individual start classic races on a challenging course. In the CCSA races, Kjetil Banerud took the men's 15K and Anabel Needham the women's 10K. Adrik Kraftson posted the top 10K time in the U20/U18 race, while Sydney Drevlow crushed the 5K U16/U18/U20 event. Sunday will feature mass start classic races, with the events being delayed two hours due to forecast cold weather. Photos from Dave Zoll linked in.

U18 Nations Trip Cancelled

January 15, 2022
In an email to the coaches and parents, the US announced it was cancelling the U18 Nations trip to Norway at the end of January due to covid concerns.

ABC Relays Results

January 15, 2022
A big turnout Saturday morning in Mora for the ABC Relays, racing on the trails at the Vasaloppet Nordic Center. The event came down to a battle between hometown Mora and Minneapolis Washburn. Washburn took the boys title by just three seconds over Mora, with Washburn's Derek Waddick and Nico Alexander posting the top classic and freestyle times respectively. Mora won the girls title in front of Washburn by 10 seconds, as Coon Rapids Lilah Gilyard had the best classic time while Johanna Perry, Washburn, had the fastest skate time.

Midwest Juniors Earn International Competition Trips

January 10, 2022
The US Cross-Country Ski Championships had a bonus for juniors: selection criteria for the U18 Nations, World Junior and U23 World Championships, all being held in Norway later this winter. Midwest juniors earning their way onto the teams include Adrik Kraftson and Molly Moening for the U18 trip, and Abigail Jarzin, Luci Anderson, and Anabel Needham on the U23 World Champs trip. Cooper Camp was named first alternate for the U18 trip.

Mesabi East Invite Coverage

January 8, 2022
Another race returning from a year off, the massive Mesabi East Invite took place on Saturday at Giants Ridge in Biwabik, Minnesota. On a day in which over 800 skiers participated in all competitions, Nico Alexander of Washburn and Greta Hansen of Math & Science were crowned champions of the 5K classic races in the morning. The afternoon 5K freestyle races were won by Ian Morse of Duluth East and Molly Moening of Highland Park, with both of the aforementioned high schools also taking home the overall team titles. Results linked in, photos from Dave Zoll.

US Nationals: Classic Sprints Coverage

January 7, 2022
The final event of the US Cross-Country Ski Championships, classic sprints, took place on Friday in Midway, Utah with temperatures soaring into the 50's. Ian Torchia was the Midwest's top skier on the men's side, making it all the way to the final where he would finish 5th to a Magnus Boee victory. Championing the Midwest on the women's side were Hannah Rudd and Margie Freed, who both made the final. Rudd went on to claim a spot on the podium, finishing third to Katherine Ogden and Caitlin Patterson, and Freed ended the day in 6th. Peter Hinds and Nina Schamberger were the top of their class in the junior men's and women's races, with Hayden Ulbrich (17th) and Mia Case (13th) having the best performances for the Midwest. Results are posted.

US Nationals: Classic Distance Coverage

January 6, 2022
Returning from a day off, the US Cross-Country Ski Championships resumed on Thursday with classic distance races. The men's race was won by the Midwest's own Adam Martin, and Adrik Kraaftson was the fastest Midwest junior in 55th. For the women, Caitlin Patterson crossed the line first, with Hannah Rudd (8th), Rosie Frankowski (9th), Margie Freed (12th), Abigail Jarzin (16th), and Michaela Keller-Miller (17th) all top 20 finishers for the Midwest. In addition, Molly Moening was the fastest Midwest junior in 61st. Friday will feature the final races and only SuperTour event of the the US Cross-Country Ski Championships, classic sprints. Photos of today's races from Jackie Schneider and Linda Kerker are up, and results are linked in.

US Nationals: Freestyle Distance Coverage

January 4, 2022
Tuesday marked Day 2 of the US Cross-Country Ski Championships in Midway, Utah. Scott Patterson took home the top prize in the men's distance freestyle race, followed closely by Midwest skiers Adam Martin (4th) and Ian Torchia (5th). Rosie Brennan, home from the World Cup, dominated the women's field and easily took the victory. Second place was a much closer contest with Rosie Frankowski coming out on top. Margie Freed, Hannah Rudd, and Abigail Jarzin all pulled out top 10 results as well. In the junior women's race, Kate Oldham won and Inga Wing (20th) was the top athlete for the Midwest, finishing as the second overall U16 skier. The junior men's race was won by Walker Hall, and Adrik Kraftson, Colin Freed, and Roger Anderson all rounded out the top 20 for the Midwest. Results linked in, photos posted from Tryg Solberg and Jackie Schneider.

US Nationals: Freestyle Sprints Coverage

January 2, 2022
The US Cross-Country Ski Championships opened on Sunday in Soldier Hollow, albeit a bit delayed due to cold weather, with freestyle sprint races. JC Schoonmaker, fresh off the World Cup circuit, took the victory in the men's division. John Schwinghamer was the top Midwest skier, finishing 12th. On the women's side, Caitlin Patterson claimed the sprint title as Rosie Frankowski earned her way into the final, finishing 6th. Junior final victories went to Finegan Bailey and Kendall Kramer. Top Midwest results came from Cooper Camp (6th) and Lauren McCollor (4th). Results linked in, along with photos from Jackie Schneider.

Mesabi Invite Update

January 2, 2022
Registration closes tonight, Jan 2nd at 7 pm, for the Mesabi East Invite. Plus read updates on restrictions and other event info.

Biathlon: Youth, Junior Teams Named for International Events

January 1, 2022
Seventeen youth and junior athletes have been selected to represent Team USA at upcoming international events, including the 2022 IBU Youth/Junior World Championships in Soldier Hollow, Utah, Feb. 23-March 2. Among those selected are Minnesotans Cheresa Bouley, Emma Stertz, and Matej Cervenka along with Duluth's Alexandra Rud (Norway).

South Suburban Conference Meet Coverage

December 14, 2021
Brian Abery reports: The South Suburban Conference kicked off its regular season on Tuesday with a 5 KM Freestyle race at a warm and wet Valleywood Golf Course. Showing no residual tiredness from a weekend of JNQ racing in Hayward WI, Sophomore Emily Percival of Eagan-Eastview, Senior Lydia Jacobson of Rosemount, and Senior Greta Engels of Lakeville distanced themselves from the remainder of the field to finish in 1 st through 3 rd place. Eagan-Eastview bested Rosemount for the team title. On the Boys side, a trio of Juniors led by Sam Folland of Northfield, Evan O’Connor of Prior Lake, and Hayden Zoll of Lakeville finished on the podium with Folland the only skier to break eighteen minutes on the slow wet course. Results posted, along with photos from Dave Zoll.

Cable SuperTour/JNQ Classic Distance Coverage

December 12, 2021
The Gitchi Gami Games wrapped up a long weekend of racing with classic distance races on Sunday. Midwest skiers continued their run of great performances as Adam Martin won the men's 15K event with Zak Ketterson second, and Canadian Philippe Boucher third. Alayna Sonnesyn captured the women's 10K title, Becca Rorabaugh second and Rosie Frankowski third. Top U20 skiers were Brian Bushey and Avery Tolbert, U18 best was Jonathan Clarke and Lily Brown. Josh Frett and Hanna Koch won the U16 5K races. Results linked in, photos of the 15K and 10K races by Jackie Schneider posted.

Mesabi East Invite Details Posted

December 12, 2021
The huge Mesabi East Invite meet is scheduled for January 8th! Registration is now open with a deadline of Jan 2nd.

Cable SuperTour Classic Sprints Coverage

December 11, 2021
A full day of racing on the challenging terrain at the Birkie trailhead in Cable as skiers competed in classic sprints. Midwest's own Zak Ketterson dominated the men's open (top 30), taking the sprint title. Not to be outdone, Alayna Sonnesyn skied a smart sprint final to take the women's final. In the junior open, Benon Brattebo and Inga Wing took their U18/U20 finals. Results linked in along with photos from Jackie Schneider of the top 30 heats and some of the U18/U20.

Cable SuperTour Freestyle Coverage

December 10, 2021
The SuperTour arrived in Cable, WI, Friday for a pair of 15K freestyle races on a World Cup category course. Canadian Philippe Boucher snatched victory in front of two Midwest rooted skiers as Adam Martin and Zak Ketterson rounded out the podium. Rosie Frankowski and Alayna Sonnesyn continued the Midwest theme, finishing 1-2 for the women with Mariah Bredal taking third. Results linked in, photos from Jackie Schneider posted.

Detroit Mountain Invite Results

December 7, 2021
The first high school results are in! Detroit Mountain Invite was held Tuesday, with varsity skiers competing in a 5.1K freestyle race. Connor Grant, Little Falls, took the boys field and Liliana Schaeffer, Brainerd, topped the girls field. Brainerd swept the team titles.

Duluth SuperTour/JNQ Freestyle Distance Results

December 5, 2021
Dodging major snowfall, the SuperTour/JNQ series in Duluth raced freestyle format Sunday. Rosie Frankowski topped the women's field, posting the only sub-19 minute time in the 5K race. In the men's 10K, Zak Ketterson skated to the best time. Victoria Dybwad and Michael Earnhart had the top U20 times, Grace Zanni and Trey Jones were best of the U18 field. U16 victories were earned by Anna Peikert and Daniel McCollor. The CXC Cup series moves to Cable next weekend.

Duluth SuperTour/JNQ Freestyle Sprints Results

December 4, 2021
A near perfect day for racing Saturday on a man-made snow loop at Grand Avenue in Duluth, as the SuperTour and JNQ qualifying began. Taking the SuperTour freestyle sprints on the day were APU skiers Tyler Kornfield and Becca Rorabaugh. Brian Bushey won the boys U18/U20 title with Grace Zanni first for the girls. U16 titles went to Daniel McCollor and Inga Wing. Sunday could be interesting with heavy snowfall expected for the freestyle distance events.

NEG Camp Report: Cooper Camp

November 9, 2021
Midwest elite junior, and Mpls Southwest skier, Cooper Camp participated in the National Elite Group training camp in Park City, Utah last month. Read about his experiences with this unique group of upcoming junior athletes.

Minnesota High School Coaches Meeting Agenda Posted

October 28, 2021
The Minnesota State High School Nordic Skiing Coaches Association annual fall meeting is this Saturday, Oct 30th, in Mora. The full agenda has been posted. Make sure you RSVP if you are planning to attend, especially those via Zoom!

Minnesota High School Nordic Coaches Meeting Set for Oct 30th

October 7, 2021
The annual Minnesota State High School Nordic Coaches Association fall meeting will be held on Saturday, Oct 30th at the Vasaloppet Nordic Center in Mora, MN. An option for coaches to attend virtually via Zoom will be available. Primary topics include: State Meet 2-day format, Charlie Banks Relay status, and various MSHSL updates.

2020-21 Season Highlights

May 1, 2021
Catch highlights plus full results and photos from the 2020-21 high school racing season.