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Alpine Ski: McGuire state-bound for Warriors

Pequot Lakes senior Grace McGuire is one of two skiers representing the Brainerd Warriors in next week's state alpine ski meet, as the pair qualified at the Section 5 meet at Afton Alps Thursday, Feb. 8.

McGuire scored a sixth-place time of 1:07.65 to lead the Warrior girls to third place in the team standings.

This will be McGuire's fourth state trip. She finished 46th at last year's event and was a member on Brainerd's 2015 state championship team.

The Warrior girls ski team finished third overall at the section meet.

The top two teams and the top 10 individuals not on those teams advance to state. McGuire was sitting in ninth place after her first run, but felt confident to be aggressive on her second run.

McGuire said this was the first event every Warrior girl completed both runs and it resulted in the third-place finish.

Emma Heibert just missed advancing to state as she placed 23rd. The top 20 girls qualified. Maddie Kalenberg was 30th and Payge Fitterer was 35th.

Brandon Neifert will also compete at the state meet, scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 14.

Boys team scores: 1-Minnetonka 300.5, 2-Orono 273, 3-St. Cloud 265, 4-Breck 245, 5-Hopkins 243.5, 6-Brainerd 235, 7-Blake 226, 8-Wayzata 209, 9-Benilde-St. Margaret's 190, 10-Westonka 168, 11-Northwest Alpine 146, 12-Annandale 136, 13-Robbinsdale Armstrong 94,

Individual winner: Jackson Zilverberg (Orono) 1:00.24

Brainerd results: 17-Brandon Neifert 1:04.63, 25-Cal Madison 1:06.17, 27-Max Darkow 1:07.06, 28-Tristan Elsenpeter 1:07.49, 32-Anthony Elsenpeter 1:08.60, 37-Nick Kranz 1:08.66

Girls team scores: 1-Minnetonka 341, 2-Orono 319, 3-Brainerd 274, 4-Annandale 272, 5-Wayzata 269, 6-St. Cloud 244, 7-Breck 232, 8-Blake 227, 9-Benilde-St. Margaret's 221, 10-Northwest Alpine 181, 11-Westonka 173, 12-Hopkins 159, 13-Lakes Area 155, 14-Robbinsdale Armstrong 101

Individual winner: Meredith Swirtz (Minnetonka) 1:02.00

Brainerd results: 6-Grace McGuire 1:07.65, 23-Emma Heibert 1:09.70, 30-Maddie Kalenberg 1:11.26, 35-Payge Fitterer 1:12.35, 42-Alli Krantz 1:14.26, 48-Maddie Pederson 1:15.74

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