Brault advances to state Nordic ski meet

Richfield junior Erin Brault will represent her school in the state Nordic ski meet Thursday, Feb. 14, at Giants Ridge in Biwabik.
Brault advanced to state with an 11th-place combined pursuit time of 41 minutes 45 seconds in the Section 3 meet Feb. 5 at Theodore Wirth Park. She attained a time of 22:08 in the 5K classic race and had a time of 19:37 in the 5K freestyle race.
“I’m really proud that Erin held her position and skied smart,” said Richfield Nordic ski coach Steve Mills. “Her summer and fall training helped with the stamina it takes for a two-race day.”
Richfield placed seventh out of 12 girls teams in the Section 3 meet with 271 points. Burnsville was champion (369) and St. Paul Highland Park finished second (369).
Spartan senior Leah Mohn placed 27th (45:33) and Rachel Youngquist finished 46th (49:31). Laurel Youngquist placed 49th (49:38). Rachel Strom was 54th (50:48) and Hannah Yaglowski placed 55th (51:18). Alex Schulz was 61st (52:40).
“Many of our girls had their personal-best times at the secton meet,” said coach Mills. “That was a fantastic way to end the season.”
Boys place fifth
Richfield’s boys Nordic ski squad achieved a fifth-place finish in the Section 3 meet with 298 points. St. Paul Central placed first (367) and Minneapolis South was second (356).
Richfield’s Jake Beaudet was his team’s highest finisher. He placed 15th with a pursuit time of 35:35. His 5K classic time was 19:09. Beaudet turned in a 5K freestyle time of 16:26.
Ben Nygaard placed 23rd in pursuit (36:59). Zach Coughlin finished 31st (38:34) and Nate Lutenegger placed 37th (40:01). Stephen Peterson finished 41st (40:25) and Paul Madsen placed 44th (41:23). Max Nelson was 50th (42:29).
“We’ve emphasized keeping up the middle of the pack all season,” said coach Mills. “Our guys skied with determination and skied well together raising the bar for next year’s season.
“We have appreciated the fan support over the season with community members and alumni coming to cheer on the Spartans in addition to parents.”