The Pequot Lakes Patriots boys’ cross country team finished second while the Patriot girls were third at the Eveleth/Gilbert Invitational on Thursday, Sept. 12.
The Patriot boys were led by Tony Fitzer’s 13th place finish while the Pequot Lakes girls were paced by Jackie Brine-Doyle’s 17th place performance. A total of 140 boys and 121 girls competed.
"Tony (Fitzer) did a nice job on junior varsity last year, and now he's stepping up on varsity," said Pequot Lakes coach Jon Dale. "We have a young team, but Tony is part of a group of freshmen who should be our next elite runners.
"Jackie (Brine-Doyle) is also running well. She's one of the hardest workers on our team."
Pequot Lakes was scheduled to compete at Bagley-Fosston on Tuesday, Sept. 17, and then travel to the Pillager Invitational at Madden's Resort at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19.
Team scores: 1-Proctor 76, 2-Pequot Lakes 94, 3-Cook County 113, 4-Mesabi East 121, 5-Eveleth-Gilbert 138, 6-Virginia 154, 7-Ely 165, 8-Duluth Marshall 183,, 9-Staples-Motley 201, 10-South Ridge 215, 11-International Falls 253, 12-Greenway-Nashwauk-Keewatin 373, 13-Mountain Iron-Buhl 393
Individual winner: Sam Johnson (ME) 17:20
Pequot Lakes results: 13-Tony Fitzer 19:09, 15-Isaac Allen 19:35, 22-Connor Dale 19:50, 23-Karl Brine-Doyle 19:51, 24-Reid Pierzinski 19:52, 25-Seth Golden 19:53, 30-Jacob Tschida 20:04
Team scores: 1-International Falls 104, 2-South Ridge 110, 3-Pequot Lakes 142, 4-Cook County 156, 5-Duluth Marshall 177, 6-Deer River/Northland 177, 7-Staples-Motley 180, 8-Proctor 204, 9-Ely 207, 10-Greenway-Nashwauk-Keewatin 226, 11-Eveleth-Gilbert 227, 12-Vermillion Country 249, 13-Carlton 282, 14-Virginia 312
Individual winner: Lexi Erickson (IF) 16:00
Pequot Lakes results: 17-Jackie Brine-Doyle 17:16, 19-Caitie Ryan 17:23, 35-Leric Larson 18:13, 39-Elsa Headlee 18:40, 42-Sarah Rudlang 18:48, 49-Colleen Tschida 19:11, 58-Jessica Faacks 19:26