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Cross-Country: Patriot girls 11th, boys 14th in Perham

The Pequot Lakes Patriot boys finished 13th as a team and the girls ended the day in 11th place at the Perham Invitational Thursday, Oct. 4.

Calia Chaney, the Patriots' top runner, finished 26th in the girls race with a time of 19:58 - second-best 5K time in Patriot girls history.

"This is her second meet back after coming off a pulled glute muscle," Coach Jeff Brever said. "Calia is slowly getting back to her top notch performances. With still being a little cautious and running smart with her races"

Rian Zutter was not far behind, finishing in 20:08.2 - third-fastest in school history.

"Rian continues to improve every race," Brever said. "When Rian crosses the line, everyone knows she gave everything she could. Each race Rian is continually reaching her goals, and the sky is the limit for her."

On the boys' side, Ethan Johnson led the way for the Patriots with a time of 17:21 to finish 48th. His coach sees him improve his times with each race.

"Ethan is continuing to learn and challenge himself throughout the race. For example, beating the runner next to him to each corner to run the shortest route. Ethan continues to strive for excellence and this is one of the reasons he is one of our best runners now and will be in the future."

Jesse Clausen was not far off with a finish of 17:36.

The Patriots final regular-season meet will take place on Monday, Oct. 15.

Boys results

Team scores (27 teams): 1-Moorhead 58, 2-Perham 59, 3-Fargo North 109, 4-Bemidji 119, 5-West Central 148, 6-Lakeville South 156, 7-Staples Motley 165, 11-Wadena Deer Creek 325, 13-Pequot Lakes 398, 14-Little Falls 461

Individual winner: 1-Emmet Anderson (SM) 15:45

Pequot Lakes results: 48-Ethan Johnson 17:21, 60-Jesse Clausen 17:36, 87-Eli Laporsky 18:15, 96-Russell Pierzinski 18:26, 107-Sam Person 18:40, 123-Colin Yahn 19:01, 125-Charlie Schiessl 19:05

Girls results

Team scores: 1-Lakeville South 64, 2-Perham 91, 3-Fargo North 131, 4-Moorhead 155, 5-Staples-Motley 166, 11-Pequot Lakes 288, 13-Little Falls 326, 16-Wadena-Deer Creek 385

Individual winner: 1-Brianna Brewster (Lakeville South) 18:14.4

Pequot Lakes results: 26-Calia Chaney 19:58, 32-Rian Zutter 20:02, 56-Ellie Flaws 20:45, 84-Nicole Young 21:45, 115-Lilix Gustafson 23:08, 118-Emma Flaws 23:15, 136-Angelina Doughty 24:53

Dan Determan

Staff Writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal weekly newspaper.