Seven Brainerd Warriors qualified at the Section 5 alpine skiing meet Thursday, Feb. 6, at Afton Alps.
The Warrior girls, who were eight points away from qualifying as a team, will send Maddie Kalenberg, Emma Hiebert, Erin Hoelzel and Lauren Kalenberg.
The Brainerd boys finished fourth, and will send Cal Madison, Brandon Neifert and Max Darkow to state.
“It was a great result in the fact we have seven state qualifiers, but both teams had higher expectations as a team and we didn’t quite get there today,” Warriors head coach Jim Ruttger told the Brainerd Dispatch. “I know I told the girls if we get four individual qualifiers we’ll be going as a team and here we are with four qualifiers and we aren’t going as a team. It’s unusual, but in 2014 we had five individual qualifiers and we did not go as a team. Then the next year was when we won the section and won state.”
Maddie Kalenberg was sitting 12th after her first run, but posted the sixth-fastest second run to move up three spots into ninth. Heibert, a senior, opened in 11th place and stayed in that spot with a 1:10.26. Hoelzel moved up four spots after her first run to finish 15th and eighth-grader Lauren Kalenberg nabbed the final individual spot with her 16th-place time of 1:12.35.
Madison opened in sixth place with a 32.03 first run and dropped one spot to seventh with a 1:04.53. Neifert placed ninth with a 1:05.06. Both are advancing to their third state meet.
The state meet is Wednesday, Feb. 12, at Giants Ridge Resort in Biwabik.
Boys team scores: 1-Minnetonka 344, 2-Wayzata 289, 3-St. Cloud 280, 4-Brainerd 271, 5-Orono 269, 6-Blake 249, 7-Annandale 244, 8-Lakes Area Alpine 241, 9-Benilde-St. Margaret’s 234, 10-Westonka 229, 11-Hopkins 215, 12-Northwest Alpine 202, 13-Robbinsdale-Armstrong 183, 14-Breck 119, 15-Irondale 92
Individual winner: Eli Quist (Minnetonka) 1:01.42
Brainerd results: 7-Cal Madison 1:04.53, 9-Brandon Neifert 1:05.06, 11-Max Darkow 1:05.91, 74-1:40.06, 75-Gavin Hoelzel 1:44.98, Esten Hiebert DNF
Girls team scores: 1-Minnetonka 337, 2-Orono 337, 3-Brainerd 329, 4-Wayzata 285, 5-Benilde-St. Margaret’s 272, 6-Hopkins 268, 7-Blake 253, 8-St. Cloud 233, 9-Robbinsdale-Armstrong 218, 10-Annandale 209, 11-Westonka 195, 12-Waconia 184, 13-Breck 183, 14-Northwest Alpine 118, 15-Lakes Area Alpine 112, 16-Irondale 58
Individual winner: Emma Wolf (Delano) 1:06.09
Brainerd results: 9-Maddie Kalenberg 1:09.07, 11-Emma Hiebert 1:10.26, 15-Erin Hoelzel 1:11.85, 16-Lauren Kalenberg 1:12.35, 63-Alli Krantz 1:29.40, Cassidy Chaney DNF