Female Area Athlete of the Week: Chaney wins another Mid-State title

Pequot Lakes sophomore earns area athlete of the week

Calia Chaney.

Calia Chaney keeps getting better.

The now Pequot Lakes sophomore added another Mid-State title to her already vast running resume last week with a winning time of 18:55.4 at Lakeview Golf Course in Detroit Lakes.

Chaney was pleased with how she ran at the Mid-State Championships, but wants to get her time a little lower going into sections.

“I was really fired up,” Chaney said. “I didn’t have a very good race in Alexandria the week before, but I had a really good run in Foley two weeks prior. I was really just trying to break 19 (minutes) again.”

Chaney compiled two wins and one runner-up finish in 2021. She finished first in the Falcon Invite in Foley Sept. 30 with a first-place time of 18:28.7, which broke her own school record set in 2019. She was the runner-up in the Milaca Mega Meet Sept. 25 in 19:10.1. She turned in the winning time at Pequot Lakes’ home meet at Emily Greens Golf Course Sept. 9 in 19:16.7.


“This year has been a little different,” Pequot Lakes head coach Jeff Brever said. “She was sick and injured at the start of the season, so we didn’t run her the first few weeks of the season. She’s faced adversity and continues to work through it which makes her stronger and better.”

It was expected to be a big season for Chaney who raced in Nationals last summer at the University of Oregon. Chaney ran the one-mile race in her class in 5:01.91 to place sixth and earn All-American honors.

“She’s finding her confidence,” Brever said. “Being able to compete in the bigger meets like that just shows the passion she has in running and taking it to the next level. It’s good for her to see that competition and she is doing great. I expect more big things coming up soon.”

Going to Nationals really helped Chaney improve.

“That helped me so much get my mind right,” Chaney said. “I know with how I did in that race that it can go well.”

Before a race, Chaney gets ready by just being with the team.

“We do a nice warmup run together and we stretch and everything and get each other fired up,” she said.

Last season, Chaney claimed the Mid-State championship and also won the Section 7-1A title which would be her last race of 2020 due to COVID-19.


“Running is a lot about mentally,” Brever said. “A lot of people don’t want to push their body capacity hard and she’s one that will. I think that’s one of her strengths as a runner.”

In 2019 as an eighth-grader, Chaney won the Section 7-1A title to go to the state tournament where she placed eighth with a time of 19:02.6.

“She’s an encourager and for her, she’s a leader out on the course and off the course,” Brever said. “She’s a go-getter for sure.”

Chaney doesn’t like to lose. She said it’s her biggest strength as a runner.

“I always want to do better,” she said. “I always want to win that race or get that time. My team, my coaches and my competition all help me stay motivated.”

Other notable performances:
Volleyball: Hannah Barchus, Pine River-Backus, tallied 22 digs, 16 kills and four ace serves last week.
Leah Bestland, Staples-Motley, tallied 46 set assists and 23 digs last week.
Morgan Becker, Staples-Motley, tallied 27 kills, 19 digs, seven ace serves last week.
Reagan Ludovissie, Verndale, tallied 25 kills, 19 digs, two blocks and five ace serves last week.
Mya Decent, Crosby-Ironton, tallied nine kills, 12 set assists, 11 digs, four ace serves and three blocks last week.
Abi Martin, Pequot Lakes, tallied 51 set assists, 16 digs and two kills last week.
Maci Martini, Pequot Lakes, tallied 32 kills and 16 digs last week.
Tennis: Madison Packer, Wadena-Deer Creek, reached the section semis
Lauren Rutten, Staples-Motley, reached the section semis.
Corra Endres-Anna Fiemeyer, Wadena-Deer Creek, reached the section semis
Soccer: Mikayla Houdek, Little Falls, scored two goals in a section win.

Calia Chaney

Year: Sophomore

School: Pequot Lakes

Sport: Cross-Country


Highlights: She won the Mid-State Conference meet in 18:55.4

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