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PL's Pierzinski, Fitzer, Hall earn all-conference

Reid Pierzinski placed fourth for Pequot Lakes with a 17 minutes, 54 seconds while teammate Tony Fitzer was fifth in 18:00 at the Mid-State Conference meet on Monday, Oct. 12, in Long Prairie. The two Patriots earned all-conference honors for top 10 finishes.

The Pequot Lakes boys had 57 points to finish second behind Detroit Lakes' 23 points.

"Reid and Tony have been performing very well, and have been within 10 seconds of each other the last three meets," said Pequot Lakes coach Jeff Brever. "It is fun to watch two athletes compete every meet, and be exhausted when they cross the finish line."

In the girls' race, Pequot Lakes finished third with 96 points. They trailed Park Rapids with 41 and Detroit Lakes with 42. The Patriots' Jannah Hall was eighth in 21:43 to earn all-conference while teammate Grace McGuire just missed the honor by placing 11th in 22:00.

"Jannah has been on the heels of Grace the last few meets, and finally captured our number one spot," Brever said. "Jannah is continuing to improve and push others on the team, and Grace will bounce back. Grace has come a long way for her first year in cross country and has a competitive spirit."

The Patriots are scheduled to run at the Birch Tree Conference meet on Tuesday, Oct. 20, in Menahga.

"In the last two meets our boys were able to see that they can compete with bigger schools. The hunger continues to grow within the boys' program," Brever said. "The girls have been trying to piece together full teams the last few meets due to injuries. With a little over two weeks left until the postseason, we are healing and providing opportunities for other runners to perform and take over scoring roles."

Boys team scores: 1-Detroit Lakes 23, 2-Pequot Lakes 57, 3-Staples-Motley 100, 4-Wadena-Deer Creek 110, 5-Park Rapids 124, 6-Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 135, inc.-Crosby-Ironton

Individual winner: Aaron Johnson (Detroit Lakes) 17:29

Pequot Lakes results: 4-Reid Pierzinski 17:54, 5-Tony Fitzer 18:00, 15-Levi Palmer 18:49, 16-Max Johnston 18:50, 17-Jacob Tschida 19:06, 20-Cody Huss 19:10, 22-Cam Boller 19:13

Girls team scores: 1-Park Rapids 41, 2-Detroit Lakes 42, 3-Pequot Lakes 96, 4-Crosby-Ironton 118, 5-Wadena-Deer Creek 120, 6-Staples-Motley 130, 7-Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 135

Individual winner: Mackenzie Ostlie (Detroit Lakes) 20:27

Pequot Lakes results: 8-Jannah Hall 21:43, 11-Grace McGuire 22:00, 16-Kristin Skog 22:26, 22-Cassidy Chaney 22:52, 39- Rachel Friberg 25:46, 44-Eloise Gitchell 28:33

PR-B boys place 4th

Pine River-Backus boys' cross country team finished fourth at the Ottertail Central Invitational on Monday, Oct. 12, in Henning.

Ottertail Central won the meet with 20 points, followed by Fergus Falls 69, Pillager 130 and PR-B 136.

The Tigers' top finisher was Luke Downie, who was sixth in 19:36 for the 5-kilometer course.

In the girls' race, PR-B had an incomplete score, but were led by Sidney Lodge, who was 10th in 24:22.

The Tigers are scheduled to run at the Birch Tree Conference meet on Tuesday, Oct. 20, in Menahga.

Boys' team results: 1-Ottertail Central 20, 2-Fergus Falls 69, 3-Pillager 130, 4-Pine River-Backus 136, New York Mills, Clinton-Graceville, inc.

Individual winner: Ben Himmelspach (Ottertail Central) 17:31

PR-B results: 6-Luke Downie 19:36, 22-Torry Hirschey 21:15, 27-Nick Ackerman 21:51, 40-Jason Cadwell 24:57, 41-Marcus Lukanen 24:58

Girls' team results: 1-Ottertail Central 16, 2-Fergus Falls 47, PR-B, New York Mills, Pillager, Clinton-Graceville, inc.

Individual champion: Alexis Reger (Ottertail Central) 22:05

PR-B results: 10-Sidney Lodge 24:22, 13-Shayna Moore 24:34, Cheyenne Swenson 26:08

Junior high boys (3,200 meters): 8-Nathan Nelson 17:24, 10-Jarrod Birr 18:13, 13-Andrew Hoplin 19:25

Piezinski wins at C-I meet

Reid Pierzinksi of Pequot Lakes won the boys' individual title at the Crosby-Ironton Ranger Invite on Thursday, Oct. 8, at Ruttger's Golf Course in Deerwood.

The Brainerd boys placed six runners in the top 10 and edged Pequot Lakes by two points for the team title. Ryan Swartwood was 4.5 seconds behind Pierzinski to claim second place.

Brainerd won both the boys and girls team events. The Warriors' Meritt Miller was the girls' champion while

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Grace McGuire led the second-place Pequot Lakes girls with a fourth-place finish.

Luke Downie finished 13th for the fourth-place Pine River-Backus boys and Sidney Lodge was 18th for the girls who did not field a complete team of runners.

Boys team scores: 1-Brainerd 27, 2-Pequot Lakes 29, 3-Crosby-Ironton 98, 4-Pine River-Backus 105, 5-Northland-Deer River 134

Individual winner: Reid Pierzinski (PL) 17:08

Other Pequot Lakes results: 3-Tony Fitzer 17:12, 6-Jacob Tschida 17:52, 8-Max Johnston 18:10, 11-Cody Huss 18:26, 15-Levi Palmer 18:35, 16-Cam Boller 18:38

Pine River-Backus results: 14-Luke Downie 18:31, 23-Konrad Bueckers 18:57, 30-Josh Sechser 19:20, 39-Torry Hirschey 19:52, 41-Troy Fetter 20:07 49-Luke Sechser 20:33, 50-Nick Ackerman 20:34, 51-Kyle Tschida 20:38

Girls team scores: 1-Brainerd 20, 2-Pequot Lakes 48, 3-Crosby-Ironton 55, 4-Northland-Deer River 104, inc-Mille Lacs, Pine River-Backus

Individual winner: Meritt Miller (Brd) 19:55

Pequot Lakes results: 4-Grace McGuire 21:05, 5-Jannah Hall 21:06, 9-Kristin Skog 21:52, 12-Cassidy Chaney 22:16, 22-Rachel Friberg 23:52, 29-Desera Engholm 24:56, 33-Eloise Gitchell 25:58

Pine River-Backus results: 18-Sidney Lodge 23:21, 20-Shayna Moore 23:41, 21-Cheyenne Swenson 23:48