Nordic ski

Mora Ada Halverson (front) making her move to win the junior high girls 3.5km. 


Mora’s Tommy Mulford and Tayah Anderson finished in the top 10 in their prospective 11 kilometer Skiathlon (State and Classic) races at the Brainerd Nordic Ski Invite. The skiathlon is like a triathlon 5.5km classic, then switching skis and poles for another 5.5km skate.  

Head coach Peter Larsen said, “this is the longest continuous race the high school skiers will do this year.” Brainerd had some really tough conditions with 16 inches of new snow in the 24 hours leading up to the race and about 4 inches of snow that fell during the races. “This led to soft conditions that the successful skiers had to ‘float’ on top of without pushing too hard to prevent sinking into,” said Larsen. 

Tommy Mulford was the eighth man to cross the finish line in the 11km Skiathlon with a time of 41:43. Tayah Anderson took the bronze, taking third place amongst all the girls with a time of 48:55 in the 11km Skiathlon. 

 “We had some good results and the team finally seems to be coming into fitness,” said Larsen. “The race of the day goes to the JH girls team who put three in the top 10 led by Ada Halverson 16:44) in first, Clara Niskanen (17:19) in second and Macy Kerr (17:31) in fourth.” 

Other top finishers in their prospective races were: Skylar Mattson took ninth (28:17) in the JV girls 5.5km Skate and Aksel Olson took ninth (15:43) in the JH boys 3.5km. 

 The Nordic Ski Team travels to Mesabi East  on Sat, Jan. 8, and Two Harbors Tuesday, Jan. 11 before racing in Mora for the ABC relays at the Vasaloppet Nordic Center on Saturday, Jan. 15.

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