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By Jana Peterson
Pine Knot News Sports 

Skiers fly across icy snow at CEC Invitational


January 11, 2019

Shelley Robideaux/ Pine Knot News

Cloquet senior Aidan Ripp steams into the finish line of Tuesday's 5.5K Nordic skate race in first place, likely setting a course record with a time of 13:22.6.

Sleet falling on top of snow two days before the Lumberjacks invitational ski meet made for a fast race Tuesday.

In fact, Cloquet senior Aidan Ripp may have set a record for the fastest 5.5K ever at Pine Valley, finishing the loop in 13:22.6, a full minute and 15 seconds ahead of the next competitor, Sam Stertz of Grand Rapids.

The typically modest Ripp said he was fortunate Tuesday.

"I got pretty lucky, because I didn't run into anybody at any bad times," he said. "I've definitely had races where you catch slow people right as you're on a hairpin turn or whatever."

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