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Cross Country: Warrior boys, girls win Crosby-Ironton Invite

DEERWOOD - Brainerd's Meritt Miller and Reid Pierzinksi from Pequot Lakes were the individual winners in the Crosby-Ironton Ranger Invite Thursday at Ruttger's Golf Course. Brainerd won both the boys and girls team events.

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DEERWOOD - Brainerd's Meritt Miller and Reid Pierzinksi from Pequot Lakes were the individual winners in the Crosby-Ironton Ranger Invite Thursday at Ruttger's Golf Course. Brainerd won both the boys and girls team events.

Miller led a cast of five Warrior runners finishing in the top 10 and finished almost a minute ahead of second-place teammate Grace Erholtz. Molly Selisker was third, Jazmin Sutherland sixth and Ali Crochet eighth.

The Brainerd boys placed six runners in the top 10 and edged Pequot Lakes by two points for the team title. Ryan Swartwood was 4.5 seconds behind Pierzinski to claim second place followed by Peder Smith (4th), Mack Brink (5th), Matt Cherne (7th), Matthew Majerle (9th) and Luke West (10th).

Grace McGuire led the second-place Pequot Lakes girls with a fourth-place finish.

The Crosby-Ironton boys and girls both finished third paced by Ari Lemieur who was seventh and Griffin Severson in 19th place.

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Luke Downie finished 13th for the fourth-place Pine River-Backus boys and Sidney Lodge was 18th for the girls who did not field a complete team of runners.

Boys results

Team scores (5 teams): 1-Brainerd 27, 2-Pequot Lakes 29, 3-Crosby-Ironton 98, 4-Pine River-Backus 105, 5-Northland-Deer River 134

Individual winner: Reid Pierzinski (PL) 17:08

Brainerd results: 2-Ryan Swartwood 17:12, 4-Peder Smith 17:47, 5-Mac Brink 17:48, 7-Matt Cherne 17:58, 9-Matt Majerle 18:15, 10-Luke West 18:21, 12-Robb Pike 18:21

Pequot Lakes results: 1-Reid Pierzinski 17:08, 3-Tony Fitzer 17:12, 6-Jacob Tschida 17:52, 8-Max Johnston 18:10, 11-Cody Huss 18:26, 15-Levi Palmer 18:35, 16-Cam Boller 18:38

Pine River-Backus results: 14-Luke Downie 18:31, 23-Konrad Bueckers 18:57, 30-Josh Sechser 19:20, 39-Torry Hirschey 19:52, 41-Troy Fetter 20:07 49-Luke Sechser 20:33, 50-Nick Ackerman 20:34, 51-Kyle Tschida 20:38

Crosby-Ironton results: 19-Griffin Severson 18:45, 21-Ethan Cady 18:51, 25-Sam Roberts 19:00, 29-Tucker Ringhand 19:04, 34-Elijah Severson 19:31, 43-Peter Nierenhausen 20:12, 53-Sam Smith 21:05

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Girls results

Team scores (4 teams): 1-Brainerd 20, 2-Pequot Lakes 48, 3-Crosby-Ironton 55, 4-Northland-Deer River 104, inc-Mille Lacs, Pine River-Backus

Individual winner: Meritt Miller (Brd) 19:55

Brainerd results: 1-Meritt Miller 19:55, 2-Grace Erholtz 20:41, 3-Molly Selisker 20:43, 6-Jazmin Sutherland 21:30, 8-Ali Crochet 21:46, 15-Lauren Reed 22:34, 16-Faith Watson 22:55

Pequot Lakes results: 4-Grace McGuire 21:05, 5-Jannah Hall 21:06, 9-Kristin Skog 21:52, 12-Cassidy Chaney 22:16, 22-Rachel Friberg 23:52, 29-Desera Engholm 24:56, 33-Eloise Gitchell 25:58

Pine River-Backus results: 18-Sidney Lodge 23:21, 20-Shayna Moore 23:41, 21-Cheyenne Swenson 23:48

Crosby-Ironton results: 7-Ari LeMieur 21:39, 10-Annie Goodwin 22:04, 11-Carli Nixon 22:06, 13-Lily Peterson 22:23, 14-Miranda Berg 22:31, 28-Ella Dwyer 24:53, 37-Maddie Nierenhausen 28:25

Next: Crosby-Ironton, Pequot Lakes in Mid-State Conference meet at Long Prairie, 4 p.m. Monday; Brainerd at St. Cloud Tech Invite 4 p.m. Tuesday; Pine River-Backus at Ottertail Central Invite 4 p.m. Monday.

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