Nordic Skiing: Hauer claims individual crown to lead Flyers to team title at Bemidji Invite

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Sophomore Maria Hauer races in the freestyle portion of Tuesday's Bemidji Invite. Hauer won the race by 50 seconds, finishing in 30:04. (submitted photo)

Sophomore Maria Hauer’s individual title led to a first-place team finish for Little Falls girls Nordic skiers at Tuesday’s Bemidji Invite, held in Detroit Lakes.

Hauer posted the top classic (14:53.87) and freestyle (15:10) times to win the overall race by 50 seconds in 30:04.

Junior Chelsea Rutz was the next finisher for the Flyers in fourth (31:23), followed by junior Mattia Hendrickson in seventh (32:30) and sophomore Kaitlin Geisenhof in eighth (32:49).

Juniors Josie Lange (36:37) and Chloe Houle (37:07), eighth graders Claire Gammon-Deering (37:13) and Amelia Kresha (38:14) and junior Kristen Gotfredson (41:53) rounded out the varsity line-up.

In the boys race, senior Preston Zimny placed fifth overall in 26:30 to lead Little Falls to third in the six-team field.

Senior Nathan Almen placed 11th (28:41), junior Brian McNamara came in 13th (29:07) and sophomore Matt Massmann (29:46) earned 15th to also score for the Flyers.

Also competing for Little Falls were junior Isaiah Korver (30:13), sophomore John Gottwalt (30:45), freshmen Michael Carll (32:14) and Levi Hintz (33:11) and sophomore Easton Johnson (34:49).

Little Falls will race at the Granite Ridge Conference meet Thursday, Feb. 2 at a site to be determined.


Senior Preston Zimny competes in the freestyle portion of Tuesday's Bemidji Invite. Zimny led the Flyers with a fifth-place finish. (submitted photo)

Bemidji Invite

Girls team—1. Little Falls, 384; 2. Brainerd, 353; 3. Bemidji, 352; 4. Mora, 350; 5. Trek North, 343; 6. Detroit Lakes, 336.

Little Falls—1. Maria Hauer, 30:04; 4. Chelsea Rutz, 31:23; 7. Mattia Hendrickson, 32:30; 8. Kaitlin Geisenhof, 32:49; 25. Josie Lange, 36:37; 27. Chloe Houle, 37:07; 28. Claire Gammon-Deering, 37:13; 33. Amelia Kresha, 38:14; 41. Kristen Gotfredson, 41:53.

Boys team—1. Bemidji, 381 (criteria); 2. Brainerd, 381; 3. Little Falls, 360; 4. Detroit Lakes, 322; 5. Mora, 319; 6. Trek North, 311.

Little Falls—5. Preston Zimny, 26:30; 11. Nathan Almen, 28:41; 13. Brian McNamara, 29:07; 15. Matt Massmann, 29:46; 18. Isaiah Korver, 30:13; 22. John Gottwalt, 30:45; 38. Michael Carll, 32:14; 41. Levi Hintz, 33:11; 46. Easton Johnson, 34:49.

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