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Warriors tune up for T. Falls at Ronan Invite

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PABLO — The Warrior cross country team may feel like they didn’t have their best day at the Ronan Invitational, but their coach thinks that maybe they’re being too hard on themselves.

Jesse Pfau was the top Warrior, running the 3-mile course at the Silver Fox Golf Course in Pablo in 18:39 to finish 40th. After the race, Pfau told Arlee coach Katea Dreiling that he didn’t feel like had he a good run and had an off day.

“I was amazed, because I never get to see them finish. In my opinion 18:39 is a good time,” Dreiling said.

Pfau’s time is a minute faster than his time at the course last year and came at the end of an anxiety-filled day, which started with him missing the bus. Dreiling is expecting Pfau to recover from the Ronan meet, by breaking the 18-minute mark in Thompson Falls Thursday.

Trae Burland was the next Warrior to cross the line, coming in 52nd with a time of 20:06.

Missing their third and fourth runners; Nick Morigeau and Al Plant at the meet, freshman Dominic Burland was the next Warrior to finish. Running on a sore knee, Burland came in 56th with a personal-best time of 21:41.

“I’m very happy with 21s,” Dreiling said.

Freshman Jordan Keltner shaved about 20 seconds off his previous best time to finish in 62nd with a time of 24:26. Freshman Zane Ligas came in right behind him with a time of 24:51 and Tae Hamm followed with a time of 29:30.

No Scarlets ran in the varsity meet, but Dreiling is expecting her full team – 11 Warriors, four Scarlets – to be in Thompson Falls Thursday, which is a good thing. 

“Thompson Falls is a very quick course. It’s where all my runners get their PRs,” Dreiling said.

Arlee will host the Third Hatchery Challenge Tuesday. The high school runners are scheduled to start at 3:30.

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