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Nordin, Bremel are swiftest skiers: Hermantown boys, Cook County-Silver Bay girls teams qualify for state

Ryan Nordin overcame a fourth-place finish on the first run to capture the Minnesota Section 7 high school boys Alpine title Tuesday at Giants Ridge near Biwabik.Meanwhile, Hermantown senior McKenzie Bremel put together two solid runs to win the ...

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Duluth East’s Ryan Nordin leans tight into a turn while making his first run in Tuesday’s Section 7 Alpine meet at Giants Ridge. Mark Sauer / Mesabi Daily News

Ryan Nordin overcame a fourth-place finish on the first run to capture the Minnesota Section 7 high school boys Alpine title Tuesday at Giants Ridge near Biwabik.
Meanwhile, Hermantown senior McKenzie Bremel put together two solid runs to win the girls individual title and earn a berth in next week’s state meet at Giants Ridge.
Bremel’s efforts weren’t enough to lift the Hawks to state as a team, however, as they finished third behind Cook County-Silver Bay and Stillwater.
Hermantown won the boys team competition, joining runner-up Forest Lake in returning to Giants Ridge next Wednesday.
Nordin was timed in 35.63 seconds on the first run down the Red course - a full second behind Cloquet-Esko-Carlton’s Thomas Heren as well as trailing Will Lamb of Cook County-Silver Bay and Anders Brown of Chisago Lakes.
But Nordin raced down the Blue course in 35.82 seconds to finish first overall in 1:11.45. Heren was nearly a half-second behind, while Hermantown sophomore Austin Danelski crept up to third thanks to a fall by Lamb that left him disqualified.
The top two teams and top 10 qualifiers not on those teams qualify for the state meet.
Bremel was four-hundredths of a second behind Mahtomedi’s Berit Thorson after the first run before putting together a 35.03 second burst on the second run to win in 1:15.38. Ellie Frischmon of Chisago Lakes was second, followed by Thorson.

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