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.