Tekippe makes medal stand at state
Nicole Tekippe rounded the back corner and on the third lap, she moved toward the front of the pack. She paced herself well on the bell lap, ran a good back stretch and poured it in front of the grandstands to outdistance a couple of competitors. The freshman’s efforts in the 1,600-meter run at the state meet held at Hamline University, St. Paul, on June 7 and 8 earned her the final medal with a ninth place time of 5:20.11.
The Moose Lake-Willow River Rebel was the lone area athlete to make the finals in great weather, but she faced very stiff competition at the state meet. Tekippe competed in the 3,200-meter run on Friday and ran a time of 11:35.11 after coming in with a seed time of 11:40.14. She was two notches out of the ribbons as she placed 11th.
A pair of local athletes competed in field events on Saturday. Barnum’s Brady Youngberg placed 12th in the discus throw with a toss of 128-10. Youngberg had thrown the platter 136-00 at the section meet to place second.
Moose Lake-Willow River’s Jon Evenson competed in the long jump. After a season best of 20-8 to win the section, Evenson placed 13th with a distance of 19' 5.25".
Back to Friday preliminaries, it was Rebel Michael Pender placing 12th in the 110-meter high hurdles. Pender improved his season’s best to 16.30 over the barriers. Pender also placed 12th in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles as he ran a time of 42.65.
Rebel Ben Moonen would have had to virtually better his school-record time of last year to make the finals in the 800-meter run. The last time to make the finals was 1:57.70. Moonen ran a 14th place time of 2:02.19. Moonen’s season best was his second place section time of 2:00.49.
Despite bettering their time in the 4x200-meter relay, the Rebel team of Josh Pettersen, Evenson, Isaac Coil and Pender, after running a 1:34.75, found themselves out of the competition in the prelims with a 14th place time. Near to last year’s school record would have again been required to even make finals as the final spot ran a time of 1:32.99.