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Cross-Country: Chaney, Patriot girls 8th at state CC meet

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Pequot Lakes' Calia Chaney finished eighth overall at the State Cross-Country Meet on Saturday, Nov. 2. Bill Johnson / Picture Day Pro!

Chaney, Patriot girls 8th at state CC meet

Calia Chaney finished eighth overall to power the Patriot girls' cross-country team to an eighth-place finish as a team at the State Class A meet on Saturday, Nov. 2.

The Patriot eighth-grader finished the course in 19 minutes, 2.6 seconds. She was closely followed by fellow eighth-grader Rian Zutter, who finished 13th with a time of 19:15.9.

Carly Chaney — fresh off a performance at the state tennis meet — finished 49th with a time of 20.01.1.

“The girls ran with adrenaline and excitement,” Coach Jeff Brever said in an email. “Calia, Rian and Carly were three of the top 10 runners within the first 200 meters of the race. They started out a little too fast, and later in the race that fast start caught up with them.”

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Rounding out the Patriots were Elisa Flaws with a time of 21:39.5, Emma Flaws with a 21:51.1, Lilix Gustafson with a 22:42.9 and Cassidy Chaney finished the race in 23:27.5.

“Ellie, Emma, and Lilix had great races,” Brever said. “Although they were not their personal bests times, they were able to gain state experience and enjoy competing with the best runners in the state.

“Cassidy added participating in the state cross country meet to her resume and continues to lead this young group of girls.

Patriot senior Ethan Johnson - the lone representative of the boys' team - finished 67th overall with a time of 17.12.6.

“Being a first-time state participant, Ethan ran a great race,” Brever said. “He had a good start and continued to fight his way up throughout the race and to the finish line. Ethan continues to practice and learn about his race strategy, and looks to return next year with an improved performance.

“I am extremely proud of the girls team and Ethan, and how hard they have worked this season. The atmosphere and experience gained from running at state will forever be etched into their memory.”

Additionally, both the Patriot boys and girls team earned Section 7A Academic Gold Awards - given to teams with an average GPA of 3.75 or higher - and Brever was named Section 7A Girls Head Coach of the Year.

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Boys results

Team scores: 1-Perham 75, 2-West Central 83, 3-St. James 154, 4-Lac Qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd 182, 5-Staples-Motley 184 6-Nova Classical Academy 200, 7-Minnehaha Academy 220, 8-Lake City 228. 9-Greenway/Nashwauk/Keewatin 235, 10-East Grand Forks 239. 11-St. Cloud Cathedral 264, 12-Ely 271, 13-Mankato 282, 14-Heritage Christian 287, 15-Lewiston 321, 16-Redwood Valley 352

Individual winner: 1-Geno Uhrbom (G-N-K) 15:27.6

Pequot Lakes results: 67-Ethan Johnson 17:12.6

Girls results

Team scores: 1-Perham 103, 2-Luverne 138, 3-Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 154, 4-Murray County Central 165, 5-Staples-Motley 171, 6-Lake City 180, 7-Albany 190, 8-Pequot Lakes 197, 9-Stewartville 205, 10-Mesabi East 243, 11-Fairmont 258, 12-Providence Academy 261, 13-Hawley 279. 14-Belle Plaine 280, 15-Blake 312, 16-St. Paul Academy 321

Individual winner: 1-Morgan Gehl (Murray County) 17:53.5

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Pequot Lakes results: 8-Calia Chaney 19:02.6 13-Rian Zutter 19:15.9, 49-Carly Chaney 20:01.1, 136-Elisa Flaws 21:39.5, 145-Emma Flaws 21:51.1, 165-Lilix Gustafson 22:42.9, 171-Cassidy Chaney 23:27.5

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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