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By Scott Olson
Moose Lake Star Gazette 

Rebels compete at state meet

 

Scott Olson

Rebels Savannah Gamst and Ethan Olson competed at the state cross country meet in Northfield on November 5.

On Saturday, November 5, Moose Lake/Willow River/Barnum cross country runners Savannah Gamst and Ethan Olson headed south to Northfield for the Minnesota State Cross Country Meet. With sunny skies and temps predicted to reach the 70s, runners were happy to be racing in the morning, with a temp of about 50 for the boys race and 60 for the girls race.

Both races each had 176 runners, consisting of 16 teams for 112 runners and 64 individual qualifiers from eight different sections around the state. Medals and a trophy were given to the top three teams; the top 10 individual runners received medals.

The top three girls teams were Annandale in third, Perham in second and Fairmont in first.

The top girls runner was Tierney Wolfgram from Math & Science Academy finishing in 18:23.6 with the last runner in at 24:46.2. The difference between first and second was 45 seconds and 17.1 seconds between second and l0th place. Rebels runner Savannah Gamst did her best and ran a time of 20:57.7 and placed 103rd, compared to last year's time of 21:27.2 at 125th place.

The top three boys teams were La Crescent in third, Perham in second and for the third year in a row it was Mora in first. The top boys runner was Declan Dahlberg from Mounds Park Academy who finished in a time of 15:56.9 and the last runner was in at 19:25.3.

With only 1800 meters left in the race, the top seven runners were within two seconds of each other. With 400 meters to go, those same seven runners were in a battle for first place. Those seven runners finished with only 7.1 seconds between first and seventh and only 18.4 seconds between first and 10th. In that mix of seven runners was Rebel Ethan Olson who was in seventh at the 400 meter mark and ended up passing two runners with 200 meters to go. Olson held on for a fifth place state finish in a time of 16:02.4. He had a 59th place finish last year and took one minute and 19.4 seconds off of last year's time of 17:21.8.

Both Gamst and Olson now hold school records for the 5K in cross country with Gamst's 20:10.3 coming at the section meet and Olson's 16:02.4 at state competition.

Coach Adam Whelan would like to congratulate these runners on a fine performance at state, and also the whole team on a job well done this season.

 

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