The Patriot girls track team had 10 first-place finishes as the team tied for first with Pillager in the Frostbite Invitational in Pequot Lakes Tuesday, April 23.
Two of those victories came from senior thrower Desera Engholm, who threw a 40-foot shot put and launched the discus 129 feet, 8 inches.
Other firsts came from Calia Chaney in the 3200, Carly Chaney in 400, Joselyn Rinio in the 100, Kenzi Lampi in the 800 and all four relay teams.
The Patriot boys managed to finish third overall. Russell Pierzinski picked up a win in the triple jump with a 40-foot-2-inch leap, while Ethan Johnson took first in the 3200-meter run with a time of 11 minutes, 4 seconds.
"We had some very good performances and personal bests performances at this meet," boys coach Dave Guenther said. "Our throwing crew ... just keeps getting better. Russel Pierzinski turned in a great performance in the high jump - an area where we need some improvement overall."
Both the Pine River-Backus teams finished fourth at the meet.
The PR-B boys team was led by Nate Wosmek, who finished first in the 110 hurdles and the 300 hurdles, and second in the high jump. Jacob Schnoor finished second in the 1600-meter race with a time of 5:20.91 while Finn O'Dell was third in the pole vault with a jump of 9'6"
The girls team's top finishers were Gabby Rainwater and Anna Downie. Rainwater placed second in the discus with a throw of 86'10" and Downie finished the 300 hurdles in 54.54 seconds for second place. Sidney Lodge finished third in the triple jump with a distance of 31'2".
Engholm 2nd at Elite Meet
Engholm was the Patriots' lone representative in the Elite Meet at Hamline University on Friday, April 26, but she did not disappoint, finishing second in the shot put with a throw of 42 feet, 3.5 inches.
"She has worked so hard to be one of the best in the state at any level. Her work has obviously paid off in a big way this year," girls coach Jamie Wagner said. "Not only getting to compete at the Hamline Elite Meet, but also in that she has broken her own personal best - and the school record - at least three times already this year by almost three feet total in the shot put ... She exemplifies what it means to be an elite athlete. She helps the other throwers with their technique but is also humble enough to receive coaching incredibly well."
Engholm also finished seventh in the discus at the meet with a throw of 124-1.
PL girls 1st, boys 2ndin Walker
The Patriot girls followed their home-field victory with another first-place victory in Walker on Friday, April 28.
Three of the team's four relay teams - the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400 - brought home a first-place finish.
Mirjana Ganley took first in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:03.52, while Cassidy and Carly Chaney took the top spots in the 800- and 1600-meter races, respectively.
Lydia Hubbard was the top high-jumper with a height of 5'2" while Rinio cleared 7'6" to take first in the pole vault.
The Patriot boys finished second at the meet, with victories by the 4x200 relay team and Pierzinski in the triple jump.
Wosmek led the PR-B boys to a fifth-place finish with victories in the 110 hurdles (15.40) and the 300 hurdles (41.7). The 4x200 relay team was next for the team, taking third with a time of 1:39.05.
The Tiger girls took seventh at the event, with second-place finishes by Downie in the 100 and 300 hurdles and Emma Templeton in the discus. The Tiger 4x100 relay team took third with a time of 57.37.