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Spring Sports Preview: Core of athletes return as Patriots girls track switches to Class 2A

19 letterwinners return for the Patriots

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Pequot Lakes' Joselyn Rinio perfects her pole vault technique during practice on Thursday, March 24, 2022.<br/>
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The Pequot Lakes Patriots girls’ track and field team is preparing to move up to Class 2A and compete in Section 8-2A for the first time. They should be able to make the adjustment with 19 letterwinners returning from a squad that was section runner-up last year.

“We will be returning a core group with strong leadership,” said Patriots coach Jeff Brever. “I am looking forward to watching our seniors carry on the tradition of Pequot Lakes track and field and putting their stamp on this season. We are looking to increase participation and depth in all events.”

Returning letterwinners include: Carly Chaney, Brittany Joyce, Julia Keiffer, Sonja Palmer, Kelsey Polchow, Sydnie Wgeishofski, Veronica Broskovetz, Joselyn Rinio, Georgi Thompson, Calia Chaney, Brooklyn Diederich, Emma Flaws, Allie Gladen, Lilix Gustafson, Grace Hoffard, Kayla Joyce, Ella Kratochvil, Isabel Larson and Hailee Polchow.

“Due to the new class and section alignment, we will not have subsections this year,” Brever explained. “Instead, we will have two days of sections with preliminaries on the first day and finals on the second day.”

Last spring, the Patriots finished second at the Section 6A meet as three individuals and two relays qualified for state. Event winners for Pequot Lakes were Calia Chaney in the 1,600; Carly Chaney in the 3,200; Lydia Hubbard in the high jump; the 4x400 relay of Broskovetz, Larson, Hubbard and Calia Chaney; and the 4x800 relay of Broskovetz, Hubbard and Calia and Carly Chaney. The 4x800 relay also finished fourth at the Class A state meet.

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Pequot Lakes won the Subsection 6A girls title as 15 athletes advanced to sections. The Patriot girls also won the Mid-State Conference track title.

Brever said that he expects Detroit Lakes to be a Mid-State contender and Willmar to be a section favorite.

The Patriots are scheduled to open the outdoor track schedule with a home invitational at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 7.

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Pequot Lakes' Haidyn Sangren tosses a discus into the curtain in the Patriots' track and field practice on Thursday, March 24, 2022.
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Pequot Lakes track

April

7 - Pequot Lakes Invite 4 p.m.

14 - Pequot Lakes at Brainerd 4 p.m.

23 - Pequot Lakes Invite 4 p.m.

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28 - Pequot Lakes at Pillager 4 p.m.

May

3 - Pequot Lakes at Alexandria 4 p.m.

10 - Pequot Lakes at Fergus Falls (True Team) 12:15 p.m.

17 - Pequot Lakes at Park Rapids (Mid-State) 3 p.m.

26 - Pequot Lakes Invite 4 p.m.

June

1 - Pequot Lakes at Detroit Lakes (Section) TBD

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