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Despite straying off the course on both of her runs, Pequot Lakes senior Savannah Stone placed second with a combined time of 1:16.83 to lead the Brainerd Warriors to a runner-up finish at the Moose Mountain Invitational on Thursday, Jan. 10.


Signe Larson of Cook County was the individual champion in 1:10.97. Alex Stone, Savannah’s sister and also a Pequot Lakes student, placed fourth in 1:19.83 despite skiing with a broken thumb.

Cook County won the six-team girls’ title with 156 points while the Warriors finished with 149.

Cook County also triumphed in the boys’ meet while Brainerd was fifth. The Warriors’ Tristan Elsenpeter, a Pequot Lakes student, finished 34th in 1:38.16.

In the junior varsity meet, the Warriors’ Maddie Olson, also a Pequot Lakes skier, finished third in 1:45.55.

Brainerd, which was scheduled to ski at Powder Ridge in Kimball on Tuesday, Jan. 15, will compete at Giants Ridge in Biwabik on Saturday, Jan. 19.

Girls team scores: 1-Cook County 156, 2-Brainerd 149, 3-Duluth East 130, 4-Virginia 111, 5-Centennial 78, 6-Hibbing 76

Individual winner: Signe Larson (Cook County) 1:10.97

Brainerd results: 2-Savannah Stone 1:16.83, 4-Alex Stone 1:19.3, 9-Ashley Fitterer 1:23.13, 12-Hannah Moen 1:25.81, 14-Emily Aga 1:26.69, 20-Grace McGuire 1:34.92, 37-Paige Fitterer 1:78.41, Jaden Lindner DNF.

Boys team scores: 1-Cook County 166, 2-Virginia 151, 3-Hibbing 132, 4-Centennial 126, 5-Brainerd 69, 6-Duluth East 22

Individual winner: Anders Zimmer (Cook County) 1:04.14

Brainerd results: 16-Garrett Lee 1:21.34, 30-Cal Johnson 1:32.42, 31-Grant Madison 1:34.4, 34-Tristan Elsenpeter 1:38.16, 35-Ben Thoele 1:42.14.