Although Pillager High School hosts the cross country meet, Pequot Lakes junior Jackie Brine-Doyle must think the annual invitational at Madden’s Resort West Golf Course is her race.
That’s because Brine-Doyle earned her first varsity win two years ago at Madden’s. The junior repeated that victory by again leading the field on Thursday, Sept. 19, and she covered the course in 17 minutes, 20 seconds. Her individual title helped the Patriots win the girls’ title.
“This is a hilly course, but it’s a nice change,” Brine-Doyle said after the win. “My goal was to get the lead right away and keep it because I really don’t have a big kick at the end.
“The win was nice, but my main goal is to keep improving my time as we work up to sections.”
Brine-Doyle actually ran most of the race close to teammate Caitie Ryan, who finished third.
“Jackie and Caitie are good for each other,” Pequot Lakes coach Jon Dale said. “Their biggest competition is often among themselves as they’ve been flip-flopping finishes at meets. They push each other, and they respect each other.”
Other Pequot Lakes’ runners who finished in the top 10 were Leric Larson, fourth, Sarah Rudlang, sixth, and Elsa Headlee, ninth.
Cheyenne Swenson led the Pine River-Backus girls, who finished with an incomplete score.
Patriot boys also win
In the boys’ meet at Madden’s, the Pequot Lakes boys placed five runners in the top 10 as the Patriots edge Ottertail Central for first place. The Patriots’ Tony Fitzer finished third, followed by Seth Golden, fourth, Reid Pierzinski, fifth, Isaac Allen, eighth, and Karl Brine-Doyle, 10th.
“It was totally a team effort,” Coach Dale said of the one-point win. “Our sixth and seventh runners finished ahead of (Ottertail Central’s) fifth runner, which cost him points, and helped us win. That really shows the team concept of our sport.”
“The Ottertail Central boys beat us for the Birch Tree Conference championship last year. So that shows we’re getting better. We had nice wins for our boys and girls today.”
The third-place PR-B boys were led by Luke Downie, who was 19th.
Pequot Lakes was scheduled to compete at Deer River on Tuesday, Sept. 24. The Patriots and PR-B will compete at the Jim Machacek Invitational on Tuesday, Oct. 1, in Pine River.
Boys team scores: 1-Pequot Lakes 30, 2-Ottertail Central 31, 3-Pine River-Backus 102, 4-Pillager 114, inc-Northland/Deer River
Individual winner: Luke Himmelspach (OTC) 18:16
Pequot Lakes results: 3-Tony Fitzer 19:22, 4-Seth Golden 19:24, 5-Reid Pierzinski 19:32, 8- Issac Allen 19:52, 10-Karl Brine-Doyle 20:14, 11-Nick Liefeld 20:17, 12-Cam Boller 20:31
Pine River-Backus results: 19-Luke Downie 21:11, 22-Troy Fetter 21:13, 31-Evan Gravdahl 22:57, 32-Zach Tulenchik 23:10, 33-Josh Sechser 23:12, 42-Jacob Riley 24:23, 45-Kyle Tschida 24:43, 49-Lucas McCoy 25:05
Girls’ team scores: 1-Pequot Lakes 23, 2-Northland/Deer River 60, Pillager, Pine River-Backus, Ottertail Central, inc.
Individual winner: Jackie Brine-Doyle (PL) 17:20
Other Pequot Lakes results: 3-Caitie Ryan 18:09, 4-Leric Larson 18:28, 6-Sarah Rudlang 18:51, 9-Elsa Headlee 19:19, 11-Colleen Tschida 19:36, 13-Megan Glover 19:39
Pine River-Backus results: Pine River-Backus results: 17-Cheyenne Swenson 20:05, 22-Madison Welte 22:04
PL boys 4th at Bagley
On Tuesday, Sept. 17, the Pequot Lakes boys finished fourth and were led by Fitzer’s 12th-place finish at the Bagley-Fosston Invitational. Fetter led Pine River-Backus, which finished 13th.
In the girls’ race, Brine-Doyle’s 16th-place finish led the Patriots to seventh.
Boys team scores: 1-Roseau 59, 2-Perham 75, 3-Park Rapids 112, 4-Pequot Lakes 125, 5-Pelican Rapids 127, 6-Hawley/Ulen-Hitterdal 146, 7-Bemidji 154, 8-Thief River Falls 210, 9-Staples-Motley 210, 10-United North Central 272, 11-International Falls 283, 12-Warroad 318, 13-Pine River-Backus 336
Individual winner: Isaac Overmyer (Park Rapids) 16:47
Pequot Lakes results: 14-Tony Fitzer 18:27, 18-Seth Golden 18:33, 26-Connor Dale 18:52, 32-Isaac Allen 19:10, 37-Reid Pierzinski 19:17, 42-Karl Brine-Doyle 19:24, 50-Jacob Tschida 19:42
Pine River-Backus results: 68-Troy Fetter 20:12, 72-Luke Downie 20:21, 77-Zack Tulenchik 20:42, 87-Evan Gravdahl 21:48, 95-Jacob Riley 22:36, 101-Kyle Tschida 23:21, 102-Lucus McCoy 23:29
Girls’ team scores: 1-Park Rapids 62, 2-Roseau 76, 3-United North Central, 4-International Falls 111, 5-Warroad 115, 6-Pelican Rapids 119, 7-Pequot Lakes 141, 8-Thief River Falls 175, 9-Staples-Motley 183
Individual winner: Madeline Huglen (Roseau) 15:36
Pequot Lakes results: 16-Jackie Brine-Doyle 16:46, 18-Caitie Ryan 16:50, 37-Sarah Rudlang 18:19, 41-Elsa Headlee 18:34, 42-Leric Larson 18:3648-Colleen Tschida 18:54, 52-Jessica Faacks 19:06
Pine River-Backus results: 65-Liz Downie 19:46, 76-Madison Welte 21:10
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