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Polson Pirates, Lady Pirates finish first at Mission Shadow Duels

POLSON — The Polson Pirates took home both girls and boys varsity team victories on Saturday at the Mission Shadow Duels co-hosted by the Polson and Ronan High Schools. More than 600 runners from 16 high school and 17 middle school teams competed at the cross-country event held at the Silver Fox Golf course located on the Salish Kootenai College campus.

Bea Frissell from Polson took first in the girl’s event with a time of 18 minutes, 49 seconds. Naima Crowl finished third and Molly Sitter placed sixth for the Lady Pirates. 

“I was both surprised and impressed to see the Pirate boys match the girls with an MS Duels team title of their own, even without injured senior leader Landon Shipley,” Polson’s cross-country coach Matt Seeley said. “Bea Frissell had another expertly-paced race to take over the lead in the second half and win convincingly, leading the girls to the team title. Naima Crowl continued her incredible senior campaign with a third-place finish overall.” 

The top girl finishers from each valley schools were Lindsey Brooks 12th place for Ronan, Jaden Coston 15th place for Charlo, Karolyna Buck 20th place for Mission and Shawntaya Nelson 23rd place for Arlee.

For the boys, Quin Stewart finished fifth followed by Jonah DuCharme who took eighth place for Polson, James Normandeau finished fourth for Ronan, Wills Degrandpre placed seventh for Charlo, Troy Matt finished 22nd for Mission and Sage Nicolai finished 54th for Arlee followed by Two Eagle River’s Brandon Larios at 55th place.

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