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Patriots sweep subsection meet - PR-B girls 8th, boys finish 10th

The efforts of junior Reid Pierzinski led to four first-place finishes as the Pequot Lakes boys and girls track teams both took first place in front of a Pequot Lakes crowd at the Section 6-1A Subsection 23 meet on Thursday, May 26.

Dan Determan/Echo JournalPequot Lakes' Alyssa Golden competes in the triple jump at the subsection meet in Pequot Lakes Thursday, May 25.
Dan Determan/Echo Journal Pequot Lakes' Alyssa Golden competes in the triple jump at the subsection meet in Pequot Lakes Thursday, May 25.

The efforts of junior Reid Pierzinski led to four first-place finishes as the Pequot Lakes boys and girls track teams both took first place in front of a Pequot Lakes crowd at the Section 6-1A Subsection 23 meet on Thursday, May 26.

The top five finishers in each individual event and the top two finishers in each relay qualified for the section meet.

""It was an honor to host the Subsections here at Pequot this year, as it gave our guys and gals a chance to compete here at home which had not happened this season with scheduling conflicts and weather-related cancellations," boys coach Dave Guenther said. "To see the athletes perform at home was fun, along with close to 500 other athletes in the subsection."

Pierzinski led the field in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles, as well as the triple jump. He also joined Ben Nelson, Robbie Hendrickson and Cody Huss to win the 4x400 relay. Tony Fitzer posted the fastest time in the 3,200-meter run for the Patriots.

Also qualifying for the boys were Gage Westlund and Bode Magnuson in the 11-meter dash, Huss in the 200-meter dash, Nelson in the 400-meter dash, Karl Brine-Doyle in the 800-meter run, Brooks Anderson in the 300 hurdles, Addisuone Harrington in the pole vault, Nelson in the long jump, Jack White in the discus throw, the 4x100 relay team of Westlund, Hendrickson, Joe Keiffer and Magnuson and the 4x200 team of Nelson, Westlund, Hendrickson and Huss.

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The Pequot girls were led by first-place finishes from Britt Kratochvil in the high jump, Addie Hubbard in the triple jump and Chloe Bermel in the 400-meter dash.

"Winning our subsection track meet at home was a double win for us," girls coach Jana Lueck said. "Despite the rain, we were able to break a lot of personal records."

The girls also won three of four relay races. Olivia Lane, Grace McGuire, Jannah Hall and Kristin Skog led off with a win in the 4x800. Bermel, McGuire, Skog and Marjana Ganley won the 4x200 and McGuire, Skog, Lane and Bermel teamed up for the fastest time in the 4x400.

Also qualifying for the Patriot girls were Ella Pfeiffer in the 100-meter dash, Ashley Kosloski in the 100-meter dash and 100-meter hurdles, Addie Hubbard in the 300 hurdles, Alyssa Golden in the pole vault, Desera Engholm in the shot put and discus and the 4x100 relay team of Ganley, Pfeiffer, Whitney Fink and Kosloski.

"With 11 schools, it was an undertaking (to host the event) but we were able to make it happen," Guenther said. "It was good for the seniors to be able to compete one last time here in front of a large crowd of supporting fans and parents. I had a great group of about 35 volunteers that stepped forward and helped us with the many events that go on during a meet of this size."

The Pine River-Backus track teams were in attendance as well, with the Tiger girls finishing 8th overall and the boys finishing 10th.

Don Owen qualified for the Tigers in the 100-meter dash, finishing eighth but meeting the time standard. Additionally, Nate Wosmek qualified with a third-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles and fifth in the 300-meter hurdles. Josh Sweeney also qualified in the pole vault, finishing in fourth place.

For the girls, Shelby Adkins finished fifth in the 100-meter dash, Sidney Lodge took second in the 3,200-meter race and Olivia Adkins finished fourth in the 300-meter hurdles.

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Additionally, the 4x800 relay team of Emma Templeton, Claire Dahl, Adkins and Lodge finished second.

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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