Cross-country: PL's Chaney 32nd, Zutter 90th at state
Pequot Lakes seventh-grader Calia Chaney finished the course in 19 minutes, 46.2 seconds to finish 32nd on Saturday, Nov. 3, at the State Cross-Country Meet at St. Olaf College in Northfield.
"Calia started out a little faster than she wanted," coach Jeff Brever said. "She was in the top five after the first 200 meters. Calia came out of the gate with adrenaline running and the mindset to run her fastest race of the year.
Chaney ran her first mile in 5:51 and was in 13th place. Her second mile was in 6:33. With about 800 meters to go, she was in 28th place.
"Calia's goal was to get in the top 25 and make all-state, but just fell short of her goal."
Fellow Patriot seventh-grader Rian Zutter finished 90th out of 175 runners with a time of 20:34.3, despite spending half of the previous week on crutches after being stepped on at the section meet. After resting her injured foot and ankle all week and having stitches removed, coaches wrapped her foot and she was able to briefly warm up before the race began.
"Rian is one of the toughest kids I know. At the starting line, I was talking to some section coaches and they had all the praise in the world after hearing about Rian's story at sections and the grit to run at state. Rian gave everything she had.
"I can't be more proud of the two girls on achieving their goals and making it to state as individuals and running their hearts out."
Team scores: 1-Perham 64, 2-West Central 140, 3-Mora 161, 4-Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd 170, 5-Nova Classical Academy 183, 6-East Grand Forks 201, 7-Staples-Motley 209, 8-Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin 212, 9-North Shore 215, 10-Plainview-Elgin-Millville 217, 11-St. James 225, 12-Mankato Loyola/Cleveland 237, 13-Minnehaha Academy 268, 14-Heritage Christian 280, 15-Lake City 300, 16-Redwood Valley 329
Individual winner: Geno Uhrbrom (Greenway) 15:38.0
Team scores: 1-Perham 94, 2-Howard Lake-Waverly 99, 3-Cotter 140, 4-Luverne 147, 5-Staples-Motley 176, 6-Lake City 198, 7-Mesabi East 219, 8-Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd 221, 9-West Central 229, 10-Providence Academy 255, 11-Jordan 267, 12-Belle Plaine 277, 13-Glenco-Silver Lake 281, 14-East Grand Forks 290, 15-North Shore 291, 16-The Blake School 310
Individual winner: Grace Ping (Cotter) 17:19.4
Pequot Lakes results: 32-Calia Chaney 19:46.2, 90-Rian Zutter 20:34.3