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Midwest JNQ Points Standings Updated
January 29, 2015
The Midwest JNQ points standings have been updated to included last weekends Twin Cities Championships races. In general, the points are based on the skiers best four results. The final Midwest JNQ will be after the State Meet, on Feb 14-15 in the Twin Cities.

IMAC Conference Championships Coverage
January 27, 2015
Most of the Minnesota conferences are holding their Nordic championships this week. IMAC held their event at Elm Creek Tuesday, racing classical in the morning, then hammering out freestyle pursuit format races on some slushy snow in the afternoon. The Minnehaha Academy boys dominated the event, posting six members in the top nine (with some wild sprint finishes), as Tyler Radtke claimed the title. In the girls race, Ingrid Thyr, Breck, cruised to the title with Ellen McCarthy finishing second to lead St. Paul Summit Academy to the team victory. Results up, along with photosets from the pursuit races.

Skinnyski.com High School Rankings - Week 6
January 26, 2015
No major changes at the top, but definitely some interesting racing over the past week. Check out the notable performances and find out who's on the rise in our latest set of Minnesota high school Nordic ski rankings.

Twin Cities Championships CCSA/JNQ Freestyle Coverage
January 25, 2015
With temperatures in the mid 20s, the Theodore Wirth course provided some blazing fast conditions for the freestyle races of the Twin Cities Championships Sunday. Alice Flanders, MTU, topped the womens 5K field, posting the only sub-15 minute time. Matt Liebsch gathered some redemption today, flying around the mens 10K in just under 21 minutes for the fastest time. Zak Ketterson and Sarah Bezdicek were the top juniors. Patrick Acton won the junior boys 5K. In the citizens mass start race, Mark Johnson and Sarah Daniels collected the victories. Results linked in, along with over 800 photos.
Iola Norseman Challenge Results Posted

Twin Cities Championships CCSA/JNQ Classical Coverage
January 24, 2015
Mild weather, even balmy by afternoon, made for toasty racing Saturday at Theodore Wirth for the first day of the Twin Cities Championships races. In the mens 15K classical mass start race, a Northern Michigan trio of Fredrik Schwencke, Adam Martin, and Erik Soderman broke away early to sweep the podium. Zak Ketterson posted the top junior time, finishing 5th overall. The womens 10K came down to an exciting finale as Anita Kirvesniemi, CSS, reeled in Felicia Gesior, NMU, in the final kilometer to take the victory with junior sensation Michaela Keller-Miller, Wayzata, popping third overall. The boys 5K saw Eagan's Ryan Steger surge to the lead on the final lap to garner the win. Siri Bohacek, Stillwater, took control of the girls 5K early and held off a late rush by Erin Moening for the title. Earlier in the morning, Zach Handler won the mens citizen/open race, with Kim Rudd edging out Ingrid Leask for the womens crown. Results linked in along with over 1000 photos, covering the four CCSA and JNQ races.

Chippewa Valley Nordic Invite Results
January 22, 2015
Ted Theyerl reports: The inaugural Chippewa Valley Nordic Invitational was held at Tower Ridge in Eau Claire, WI on Thursday evening with 75 skiers from Chippewa Valley Nordic (Eau Claire, WI), Red Wing and Winona doing a 4.7k mass start skate race under the lighted loops. Temperatures were in the upper 20's, on a hard packed, very fast course. In the boys varsity race, Ben Theyerl (CVN) won in 12:23, while CVN teammate David Ecker held off Winona's Jake Williams by a second for second and third. In the girls varsity race, Anni Skillicorn of Winona won by 45 seconds over CVN skiers Kaija Hudacek and Mikaela Walters. For the varsity boys team results, depending on which state (MN or WI) method used, Winona won with 4 skiers scored, CVN won with 3 skiers scored. The Varsity girls race was won by CVN using either state scoring method, with Winona second.

South Suburban Conference Classic Results
January 20, 2015
Brian Abery reports: On a perfect day for klister skiing, the South Suburban Conference held its last regular season race prior to the Conference Pursuit Championships with a two wave mass start event on the Hyland trails. Skiing in the first wave in the Boy's race, Eagan sophomore Patrick Acton turned in the best time with 15:18 only to be topped by his team mate sophomore Ryan Steger who skied to a 1st place time of 15:13 out of the second wave. In 3rd position providing an Eagan sweep was sophomore Ryan Conroy. On the team front Eagan took 1st with ISD 196 in 2nd. The Girl's race was not as tight an affair with Eastview junior Margie Freed topping the field with a 16:39 finishing 35 seconds in front of her team mate Annika Martell. ISD 196 senior Camille Sjoquist rounded out the podium with her 3rd place finish. Team results on the girl's side had Eastview in 1st with ISD 196 taking the 2nd spot.

Skinnyski.com High School Rankings - Week 5
January 19, 2015
Things start to shake in the Minnesota high school Nordic rankings, with a number of movers this week, including a new number one in the team rankings. Plus some commentary on JNQs and high school racing.

Telemark CCSA/JNQ: Freestyle Results
January 18, 2015
Mass start skate events provided some exciting racing at the Telemark CCSA/JNQ in Cable Sunday. In the mens 15K, it was the unstoppable Kyle Bratrud taking another victory as he pulled away from the field to win by 11 seconds. Teammate Erik Soderman was second with St. Scholastica's Paul Schommer third. Jordyn Ross, NMU, topped the womens 10K field with Alice Flanders, MTU, second and Andrea Lee third. The the juniors 5K titles were taken by Abigail Jarzin and Mitchell Delong.

ABC Relays Coverage
January 17, 2015
Mild temperatures, with a little morning sunshine, were on tap for the ABC Relays Saturday at Theodore Wirth. The boys relay race came down a tight final lap with Andover and Stillwater taking it right down to the line, with Shad Kraftson slipping in front of Ian Mead for the Stillwater victory. In the girls race, Armstrong over came some spills and an early deficit to roar back for a commanding victory. The fastest classic times went to Linder Wendt and Katie Breuckman, top skaters were Shad Kraftson and Hanna Torvi. Results and photosets are up now.

Telemark CCSA/JNQ: Classical Results
January 17, 2015
The Midwest JNQ and college CCSA series is competing this weekend on the grounds of the old Telemark Resort. Saturday morning's event format was interval start classical races. Kyle Bratrud, NMU, continued his hot streak this season, edging out teammate Adam Martin to take the mens 10K win by less than a second. In the junior boys 5K, Mitchell Delong posted the top time. The womens 5K had Deedra Irwin at the front of the field, posting the only sub 19 minute time on the challenging course.

Rochester Nordic Invite Results
January 15, 2015
John Resman reports: The Rochester Nordic Ski Invitational was held at the Eastwood Golf Course on Thursday with over 200 skiers from Mounds Park Academy, Prior Lake, Red Wing, Rochester, and Winona skiing a 4.8K meandering course in the freestyle technique. The weather was a balmy 31 degrees - quite a change from the below zero weather just a couple days ago. In the boys race, Christian Gostout (Rochester) and Noah Poling (Winona) were in a sprint for the finish with Christian edging out Noah by a second. In the girls race, Kaija Ornes (Prior Lake) topped the field by over a minute. The Winona boys skied to the Invite's team championship. The Rochester and Prior Lake girls were in a close race for the team title with Rochester edging out Prior Lake by a single point.

Lake Conference Meet Coverage
January 13, 2015
The teams of the Lake Conference held a mass start classical race on the snowmaking loop at Hyland Lake Tuesday afternoon. Skiers started in wave groups, pitting the best skiers against each other in the 5K event. In the boys race, Henry Jarvinen, Edina, upset Wayzata's Anders Sonnesyn for the victory. The girls race saw an equally tight battle as Abby Drach, Eden Prairie, surged in the final 500 meters to take the win over top ranked Nicole Schneider, Wayzata, with Anna French, Nicole's teammate, right on her heels for third. Results and photos posted.

Skinnyski.com High School Rankings - Week 4
January 12, 2015
After a long holiday break, we attempt to break down the early January results and re-sort the rankings. Nicole Schneider takes over at the top of the girls rankings, as Zak Ketterson maintains a tight grip for the boys at number one. The Wayzata girls and Forest Lake boys continue their front runner positions.

Mesabi East Invite Results
January 10, 2015
Racing in some crisp temperatures Saturday on the full Minnesota State Meet courses, nearly 1000 high school skiers competed in the Mesabi East Invite. In the morning classical races, Sean Cork, St. Louis Park, and Rocci Wohlk, Forest Lake, dominated the fields, both winning by more than 45 seconds. In the freestyle races, Liam Schmelzle, St. Louis Park nipped Leo Hipp, Forest Lake, by just under two seconds to take the boys title while Anna French, Wayzata, topped Anna Johnson, Mesabi East, for the girls victory. In the team scoring, using the top two from each discipline, the St. Louis Park boys and Stillwater girls came away the titles.
Loppet Invite Results Posted

US Nationals: Freestyle Sprints
January 10, 2015
U.S. Nationals in Houghton held their final event Saturday with freestyle sprints. In the morning qualifiers, Dakota Blackhorse-von Jess and Caitlin Gregg posted the top times. In the sprint finals, it was Blackhorse-von Jess and Rosie Brennan collecting their second sprint titles of the week. Henry Gorman and Lydia Blanchet won the junior sprint titles.

US Nationals: U18 and WJC Teams Named
January 8, 2015
At the Thursday night banquet, following a tough day of racing, the U18 and World Junior Championship teams were named. The Midwest had a stellar week, earning numerous team selections: Zak Ketterson, U18; Mackinley FitzPatrick, U18; Nicole Schneider, U18; Abigail Drach, U18; Ian Torchia, WJC; Thomas Bye, WJC; Alayna Sonnesyn, WJC; Kristen Bourne, WJC; Vivian Hett, WJC; Caroline Brisbois, WJC-alt.
US Nationals U18 and WJC Final Points Tally

US Nationals: Classical Race Coverage
January 8, 2015
Another day of snowy, windy conditions made for some tough racing at US Nationals on Thursday as skiers competed in the exciting mass start classical races. The Junior men (U18/U20) took to the course first for 10K. Ian Torchia (NMU) smoked the field by nearly 30 seconds, followed by Thomas O'Harra (APU) and Ben Hegman (Univ. Vermont). In the Senior men's 30K, Kris Freeman rose to the top, with Alexander Treinen and Kyle Bratrud just 4 seconds back. In the Senior women's 20K classic, Rosie Brennan pulled ahead of Caitlin Patterson and Eliska Hajkova to grab the top podium spot. Racing concluded with the women's 5K, where Stratton Mountain's Katharine Ogden snagged the win from Julia Kern and Hailey Swirbul. The midwest's Alayna Sonnesyn, Vivian Hett, Caroline Brisbois, Allison Ternes, and Kristen Bourne all cracked the top 10. Results linked in, and photosets from all four races posted.

South Suburban Conference Meet Results
January 7, 2015
Brian Abery reports: In spite of the cold temperatures, the South Suburban Conference, along with guest team Winona, held a 5 km classic race at Hyland Recreation Area Tuesday afternoon. On the boy's side, sophomore Patrick Acton from Eagan battled it out with Burnsville sophomore Nate Blitchfeldt with Acton taking first place by 2 seconds. Acton's Eagan teammates Ryan Steger, and Ryan Conroy took 3rd and 4th place with the Eagan boys winning the team competition. In the girl's race the absence of Margie Freed, currently skiing at U.S. Nationals, gave other SSC athletes the opportunity to battle for the top spot on the podium. Burnsville Freshman Kelly Koch proved to be the fastest of the group skiing to a 19 second win over Eastview's Annika Martell. ISD 196 Senior Camille Sjoquist turned in her best race of the season to take third. In the girl's team competition, Burnsville skied to a narrow win over Eastview.
More high school results

US Nationals: Classical Sprints Coverage
January 6, 2015
US Nationals held the classical sprints races on Tuesday, after delaying a day due to cold weather. In the morning qualifiers, Eliska Hajkova, Rosie Brennan, and Julia Kern posted the fastest times, racing in often very heavy snowfall. Vivian Hett was just seconds back with the 6th fastest qualifying time. For the men, top qualifying rounds went to Haakon Hjelstuen, Dakota Blackhorse-von Jess, and Miles Havlick with Ben Saxton rounding out the top four spots. After advancing to the mens Masters/Seniors Finals, Dakota Blackhorse-von Jess pulled off a dominant finish over Ben Saxton and Haakon Hjelstuen. Rosie Brennan also had several seconds over her nearest competitors in the womens Masters/Seniors finals, with Becca Rorabaugh and Liz Guiney finishing 2nd and 3rd. In the finals of Junior racing, Zak Ketterson topped the podium over Thomas O'Harra and Gavin Hess while Ann-Cathrin Uhl took top honors over Sarah Bezdicek and Emily Hyde for Junior women. Results linked in and some big photosets posted.

US Nationals: Freestyle Race Coverage
January 4, 2015
US Nationals got underway Sunday at Michigan Tech with the individual freestyle races. Snow, wind and cold temps made for some epic conditions. Northern Michigan University's Kyle Bratrud opened the racing with an incredible performance to win the men's 15K by 50 seconds over Kris Freeman, with Patrick Caldwell, Dartmouth, third. Matt Liebsch finished 8th, Adam Martin 13th, Brian Gregg 14th, Ian Torchia 16th. After a brief let up in the weather, the lake effect snow resumed, at times very heavy, for the womens afternoon skate race. Showing great recovery from her European tour, Caitlin Gregg staked claim to the womens 10K title with APU's Chelsea Holmes and APU teammate Rosie Brennan third. Rosie Frankowski finished 12th, Paige Schember 15th, Jordyn Ross 16th, Kris Bourne 17th, and Alayna Sonnesyn 19th. Results linked in, big photosets posted.
Note: Monday's sprint races have been postponed to Tuesday, due to forecast cold temps and windchills.
USSA: Bratrud and Gregg Take Opening Titles

Skinnyski.com High School Rankings - Week 3
December 22, 2014
The first Junior National Qualifiers last weekend provided some solid comparison data, and have shaken up the rankings for the third week of the season. Rocci Wolhk, Forest Lake, and Zak Ketterson, Bloomington Jefferson, remain the solid number ones, while Forest Lake boys and Wayzata girls top the team rankings.

Michigan Tech CCSA/JNQ Classical Races Coverage
December 21, 2014
The opening JNQ series in Houghton wrapped up Sunday with some exciting mass start classical races. In the senior womens race, three skiers brought it to the finish line, with Kris Bourne, NMU, getting the victory over Natalia Naryskina and Ulrika Axelsson in a photo finish. NMU skiers swept the mens senior race podium, as Fredrik Schwencke and Adam Martin had their own sprint finish with Kyle Bratrud just trailing. In the womens U18/U20 event, top ranked Rocci Wohlk broke up what would have been another NMU sweep, finishing second to Vivian Hett, with Rebekka Schueder third and Caroline Brisbois just seconds back. Ian Torchia, NMU's freshman star, crushed the mens U18/U20 field, winning by over a minute, with Tom Bye second, and Zak Ketterson third. U16 titles went to Anders Sonnesyn and Anna Johnson. Results linked in, along with photosets from Jennifer Brisbois.

Holiday Relays Coverage
December 20, 2014
With a Junior National qualifier and another race in town, the Holiday Relays drew a slightly smaller field as they competed on the snowmaking trails at Theodore Wirth. Stillwater continued their dominating tradition, taking both classical relays as well as a comeback victory by freshman Rana Kraftson in the girls skate relay. Wayzata boys pulled off their own comeback, taking the boys skate race in the final leg. Top times on the day went to: Meagan Weaver girls classic, Rana Kraftson girls skate, Sam Hanson boys classic, Carter Blankenship boys skate. Results posted along with photosets.
John Hugus Invite Results Posted

Michigan Tech CCSA/JNQ Classical Sprints Coverage
December 20, 2014
The Midwest Junior National Qualifier Series held their first event Saturday on the trails at Michigan Tech in Houghton. The event was also a Central Collegiate Ski Association (CCSA) meet as well, bring the top juniors and seniors from around the region. In the womens seniors/masters final, CXC's Natalia Naryskina edged out Scholastica's Anita Kirvesniemi for the win with NMU's Felicia Gesior third. In the mens final, Håkon Hjelstuen, unattached, won with NMU skiers Fredrik Schwencke and Erik Soderman rounding out the podium. Top junior qualifying times on the day: Kris Bourne U20, Rocci Wohlk U18, Anna Johnson U16; Tom Bye U20, Zak Ketterson U18, Anders Sonnesyn U16. Results posted, plus photosets from Jennifer Brisbois.
Sunday Classical Mass Start Start List (seeding)

Skinnyski.com High School Rankings - Week 2
December 15, 2014
Week 2 of the Minnesota High School Rankings: some interesting results last week generated a shuffling in the rankings, including a new number one for the girls.

Metro West Meet Coverage
December 12, 2014
Metro West conference schools finally got their turn at the snowmaking venues, hold their first meet Thursday at Hyland. In one of the bigger upsets this season, and sporting some fast skis, St. Louis Park skiers Sean Cork and Liam Schmelzle bested the ranking front runners, Zak Ketterson and Tamer Mische-Richter. Benilde-St.Margaret's Amanda Kautzer cruised to the girls victory, with St. Louis Park's Rosa Hu second, and 7th grader Charlie Brown, Benilde-St.Margaret's, third. St. Louis Park sweep the team scoring. Results and photos posted.

Biathlon: U.S. Youth/Junior World Championship Team Trials Relocated to Mt. Itasca
December 11, 2014
Due to very limited snow conditions at the venue in Anchorage, Alaska, the U.S. Biathlon announced Thursday that the Dec 28-30 U.S. Youth Junior World Championships Team Trials have been relocated to Mt Itasca in Coleraine, MN.

South Suburban Conference Meet Coverage
December 10, 2014
Brian Abery reports: On Tuesday afternoon the South Suburban Conference, along with guest Forest Lake, staged a 5 KM freestyle race at Hyland Recreation area. Competition for individual honors among the top skiers was tight in both races. On the boys side forest Lake Senior Leo Hipp narrowly edged Eagan sophomore Patrick Acton by 3 seconds to take the Boys title. Forest Lake Senior Quinn Duffy placed 3rd another 22 seconds back. The team title was won by Forest Lake with ISD 196 in 2nd and Eagan in 3rd position. Competition in Girl's race was just as tight as Forest Lake Senior Rocci Wohlk edged Eastview Junior Margie Freed by 4 seconds to take the top spot on the podium. Burnsville's Kelly Koch took 3rd another 37 seconds back. The Eastview Girls won the team title placing four skiers in the top 10 with Burnsville taking 2nd and Forest Lake 3rd.

Skinnyski.com High School Rankings - Week 1
December 8, 2014
It's on -- we roll out the first week of Minnesota high school rankings as the racing season gets underway. Not a lot of changes from the preseason rankings, but definitely some notable performances in the opening week.

Junior National and U16 Championships Coaches Named
December 7, 2014
CXC has announced the full lineup for coaches and staff for the Junior National and U16 Championships, coming up in March 2015. Chris Harvey will be head coach for the Junior National team with Bonnie Fuller-Kask acting as Trip Leader. The U16 team includes Kelli Skillicorn, head coach and Andrew Poffenberger as Trip Leader.

Mesabi East Invite Registration Now Open
December 5, 2014
Registration for the huge Mesabi East Invite, Jan 10th at Giants Ridge, is now open. The field is limited to 1300 skier, and generally fills, so don't delay in registering your team. Full meet information, plus suggestions on lodging, and the pasta feed registration, have been posted.

South Suburban Conference Season Opener Coverage
December 3, 2014
Brian Abery reports: The South Suburban Conference opened its competition season on Tuesday afternoon at Hyland Recreation Areas with a 4 x 2.8 km Freestyle relay. In the girl's race, the combined Lakeville North and South team took first place followed closely by the Eastview-1 team in 2nd and the Prior Lake-1 team in 3rd. Individual honors went to Eastview's Margie Freed who bested Burnsville's Kelly Koch by 23 seconds with Lakeville's Molly Wilson another 4 seconds back. On the Boy's side, the Eagan-1 team took the win by 48 seconds with the Lakeville South-1 in 2nd and ISD196-1 team in 3rd. Burnsville's Nate Blichfeldt skied the fastest leg for the boys with a time of 7:22, with Patrick Acton of Eagan 3 seconds back and Mitch McDonald from Prior Lake in 3rd 20 seconds behind.
Submitting Race Results and Photos

Woodlands Team/Group Practice Policy
November 26, 2014
The City of Elk River and the Elk River Nordic Ski Club have implemented a reservation policy for groups of more than 15 individuals (generally teams and clubs). Note: Revised Dec 5th.

Fall Coaches Update
November 21, 2014
A short update on the Minnesota HS Nordic Coaches Association happeneings, including another opportunity for USSA Level 100 certification, and discussion on State Meet formats.

2014-15 Minnesota High School Nordic Season Preview
November 10, 2014
The Minnesota High School Nordic season kicked off Monday with a major winter storm - perhaps foreshadowing for the season? We provide a breakdown on the sections and even a preseason ranking to get the juices flowing.

Registration Open for January’s US Nordic Championships
November 1, 2014
Registration has opened for the 2015 U.S. Cross Country Skiing Championships, January 2-10, at the Michigan Tech Nordic Training Center in Houghton, Michigan.

Minnesota State CC Meet Coverage
November 1, 2014
The Minnesota high school cross-country running season wrapped up Saturday with the championships at St. Olaf College in Northfield. Cool temps and a strong breeze were tapered by some sunshine for the crowds that swelled along the course. The boys AA race appeared to be a two horse race between Wayzata's Connor Olson and Hopkin's Joe Klecker, with Olson breaking away in the final half mile to take the win but it was Chaska's Joey Duerr reeling Klecker on the final straightaway to take second. In the girls AA, Alexandria's twin stars Megan and Bethany Hasz put on a strong performance, easily taking 1-2. Shakopee's Tess Misgen just nipped Forest Lake's Emma Benner for third. Wayzata swept the team titles for class AA. In class A, champions were Shane Streich, Waseca and Emily Donnay, Eden Valley/Watkins/Kimball. Team titles went to the Trinity School girls and Mora boys.
Photoset: Boys AA - 134 photos, Girls AA - 118 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Boys A, AA, Girls A, AA

Request For Midwest JN Team Coaches Applications
October 22, 2014
Junior Nationals will be held March 5-15 in Truckee, California. Chris Harvey has been selected as the head coach, with Bonnie Fuller-Kask acting as trip leader. Applications are still being accepted for the glide and kick coaches, as well as general coaching staff positions. Application deadline is November 1st!

Mesabi East Update
October 20, 2014
The huge Mesabi East Invite is scheduled for Jan 10, 2015. With the new event center being constructed at Giants Ridge, the old dorms have been torn down. Coaches should make their lodging plans early - a listing of the area lodging options has been posted.

State Nordic Coaches Fall Meeting Oct 25th
October 19, 2014
The annual Minnesota Fall Coaches meeting will be this Saturday, Oct 25th at the Vasaloppet Center in Mora. The big topic will be accommodating the new State Meet format (2 teams per section). There will also be a CXC/USSA Level 100 clinic option.
MNSCA Fall Meeting Oct 21 Update

East Metro High School Cross-Country Ski Scheduling
October 15, 2014
Ramsey County and St. Paul Parks will be holding the high school winter scheduling meeting on Wednesday, Oct 28th in Maplewood. Ski coaches in the east metro should attend to reserve their dates and venues for the upcoming season.

LNR Afton Time Trial Coverage
October 11, 2014
Loppet Nordic Racing has a full schedule of training and racing this fall as the skiers make their final dryland push before the snowfall flies. Saturday morning the group held another time trial on the quiet, hilly roads near Afton. Results and photos posted.

2013-14 Season Highlights
May 1, 2014
Catch highlights plus full results and photos from the 2013-2014 high school racing season.

High School Results 2014-15

Rollerskiing Results 2014

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