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Cross-Country: Chaney, Patriot boys head to state

Pequot Lakes Cross-Country

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The Patriot boys cross-country team poses with its section championship trophy. From left: Liam Zins, Braeden Davis, Eli Hall, Jesse Clausen, Dawsin Ackerman, Charlie Schiessl, Caleb Toftness, Shane Crowley and Steve Maschhoff. Contributed

Eli Hall finished in fifth place with a time of 17:09.3 to help the Pequot Lakes boys to a state qualifying second place team finish Thursday, Oct. 28, in the Section 8-2A meet at Arrowwood Resort.

"As a team, we knew we had a chance," head coach Jeff Brever said in an email. "I felt there was a group of seven or so teams that, on any given day, could advance to the state meet … One key factor in our race was not starting out too fast. At the start of the race, with all the nerves and excitement, it is easy to sprint out to the front and use up most of your energy within the first mile. The boys each hit their first mile pace, and then continued to run their strategized race."

Jesse Clausen placed 11th for the Patriots with a time of 17:40.4. Dawson Ackerman and Charlie Schiessl placed 18th and 19th, respectively.

Calia Chaney qualified for state with her third-place finish time of 18:42.2 as the Pequot Lakes girls placed fourth as a team. Her coach said it was one of her best performances."

"Calia ran her race and is happy advancing to state," Brever said. "She will have a lot of familiarization at state as she ran at state (St. Olaf college) a few times before with her team and individually along with competing against some of the top runners in state throughout the year."

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Carly Chaney ran a 20:09.2 for the Patriots which was good for a 14th-place finish.

Boys results

Team scores: 1-Willmar 71, 2-Pequot Lakes 90, 3-Alexandria 95, 4-Fergus Falls 96, 5-Rocori 127, 6-Little Falls 132

Individual winner: Sully Anez (Willmar) 16:23.8

Pequot Lakes results: 5-Eli Hall 17:09.3, 11-Jesse Clausen 17:40.4, 18-Dawsin Ackerman 18:09.1, 19-Charlie Schiessl 18:13.8, 37-Shane Crowley 18:48.3, 61-Braeden Davis 19:45.5, 62-Steve Maschhoff 19:47.2

Girls results

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Team scores: 1-Willmar 45, 2-Alexandria 55, 3-Rocori 62, 4-Pequot Lakes 134, 5-Little Falls 160

Individual winner: Olivia Goebel (Albany) 18:25.1

Pequot Lakes results: 3-Calia Chaney 18:42.2, 14-Carly Chaney 20:09.2, 27-Rian Zutter 21:05.5, 30-Allie Gladden 21:20.3, 60-Lilix Gustafson 23:39.2, 72-Elisa Flaws 24:08.3, 75-Erika English 24:22.8

Dan Determan has been a reporter for the Echo Journal since 2014, primarily covering sports at Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus
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