Crosby-Ironton grabbed the top two spots, but Pequot Lakes had four runners in the top 10 positions to win the girls’ cross country team title at the Patriots’ Invitational on Thursday, Sept. 5, at Emily Greens Golf Course.
The Rangers’ Margaret Stockman was first, but Pequot Lakes was represented by Caitie Ryan, who placed third; Jackie Brine-Doyle, fourth, Leric Larson, seventh; and Colleen Tschida, 10th. The Patriots won the team title with 37 points, while C-I was second with 43.
Many runners from all schools struggled with the warm weather.
“Our first meet (Aug. 26 at Staples) was so hot, but this was better,” said Ryan, a junior runner for the Patriots. “It was warm because there wasn’t much shade, but everyone had to run in the same (conditions).”
Ryan said her finishing time was better than her first meet this fall.
“My time was better than the first meet because I felt more comfortable today,” she said. “This course was pretty decent. It was pretty flat, so you could set your own pace. I did set a fast pace early (taking an early lead), and I wanted to keep with the Crosby-Ironton girls (that finished in the top two). They are pretty good.”
In the boys’ race C-I’s Will Goodwin was first, followed by four teammates as the Rangers won the title with a perfect score of 15 points. The Patriots’ Tony Fitzer was sixth, and led the next six straight runners from Pequot Lakes to help the Patriots place second.
Pequot Lakes was scheduled to compete at the Eveleth-Gilbert Invitational at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12.
Team scores: 1-Crosby-Ironton 15, 2-Pequot Lakes 40, 3-Pine River-Backus 128, Pierz and Pillager, incomplete.
Individual winner: Will Goodwin (C-I) 17:22.2
Pequot Lakes results: 6-Tony Fitzer 19:11, 7-Isaac Allen 19:32.2, 8-Connor Dale 19:35.9, 9-Seth Golden 19:40.3, 10-Carl Brine-Doyle 19:51.4, 11-Jacob Tschida 19:54, 13-RJ Maxfield 20:04.7, 14-Reid Pierzinski 20:18.1, 16-Cody Huss 20:43.1, 19-Austin Anderson 20:56.4, 20-Cam Boller 20:59, 22-Nick Leifeld 21:02.5, 25-Brett Peterson 21:23, 26-Levi Palmer 21:42.5, 27-Dalton Engholm 21:43.1, 28-Marty Fitzer 21:54.4, 30-Hunter Larson 22:14.2, 34-Chris Haman 22:57, 35-Shawn Gerdes 22:57.5, 37-Josh Najjor 23:35.4, 41-Josh Buell 24:04.2
Team scores: 1-Pequot Lakes 37, 2-Crosby-Ironton 43, 3-Pierz 57, 4-Pillager 124, 5-Pine River-Backus 133
Individual winner: Emily Stokman (CI) 16:26
Pequot Lakes results: 3-Caitie Ryan 17:11.4, 4-Jackie Brine-Doyle 17:24.8, 7-Leric Larson 18:16.5, 10-Colleen Tschida 18:47.2, 13-Jessica Faacks 18:59.7, 14-Elsa Headlee 19:03.8, 16-Bridget Erickson 19:28.9. 17-Megan Glover 19:30.0, 18-Alyssa Young 19:41.6,