Government Peak Invitational

Skiers leave the chute during the boys’ 5-kilometer at the Government Peak Invitational Friday.

The Palmer Moose earned the girls team title last week during the Government Peak Invitational cross-country skiing race at Government Peak Recreation Area.

The Moose finished with a two-day total time of 2 hours, 3 minutes, 49 seconds, about three minutes better than runner-up Soldotna. Aila Berrigan swept the individual titles, winning both the skate and classic races. The runner-up in each race also donned the Palmer blue. Rosie Whittington-Evans notched a pair of second-place finishes. Zoe Copp also grabbed a top-10 finish for the Moose, placing 10th in the classic.

Palmer also had the two-day overall winner on the boys side. Kaj Taylor finished second in both races, but had the fastest combined time. Palmer’s Joseph Walling earned an individual title in the boys classic.

Colony placed second in the boys’ team standings, finishing only 17 seconds behind first-place Soldotna. Garrett Streit led Colony with a pair of top-5 finishes. He was third in the classic and fifth in the skate. Simeon Ramirez was fourth in the skate and sixth in the classic for the Knights. Colony’s Glenn Steer placed ninth in the skate and 10th in the classic.

Palmer finished third in the boys’ team standings. Jaxon Lee was eighth in the skate and ninth in the classic.

The Colony girls were also third in the team standings. Sophia Spaic finished third in the skate and fourth in the classic. Lydia Bushey was third in the classic and seventh in the skate.

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