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By Scott Olson
Moose Lake Star Gazette 

Cross country girls have fine showing


Scott Olson

The Rebels varsity girls finished the J.A. Curran Cross Country Invite in third place September 16.

On Tuesday, September 16, the Moose Lake/Willow River/Barnum cross country team headed to Grand Rapids for the J.A. Curran Cross Country Invite. The varsity girls had a fine showing by coming in third place. The first five runners determine the team's score. The Rebels girls' first five were only 40 seconds apart. Nicole Tekippe was 16th followed by Savannah Gamst in 21st, Tori Walczynski in 22nd, Kennedy Bryant in 24th, Sarah Michels in 27th, Meghan Granquist in 36th and Charis Blacklock in 37th. The time difference for all seven runners was 1 minute, 27 seconds.

The varsity boys also had a good showing by taking fourth place. Rebel Joe Bustrak, who got a ribbon for sixth, was followed by Ethan Olson in 16th, Casey Tuel in 23rd, Asa Spicer in 28th, Andrew Mikrot in 37th, Mark Fossum in 39th and Nick Fury in 45th.

Ribbons were also give to the top 15 junior varsity boys and girls competing. Rebel Sydney Bexell came in second followed by Erika Kosloski in third, Brandi Lekander in eighth and Alexis Babcock in 10th. The Rebels' Aaron Bode was seventh with Tim Vogt in ninth, Ryder Anderson in 13th and Filipp Tychina in 15th.

Milaca Mega Meet

On Saturday, September 20, the Rebels headed to Milaca for the Milaca Mega Meet, rated the largest race of its kind in the nation with close to 140 schools and 5,000 runners present.

A total of 18 races were run throughout the day. The races were divided into girls and boys seventh, eighth, ninth, 10th, junior varsity and varsity. The varsity races were divided into four classes, A through AAAA. The Rebels were put into Class AA, which consisted of 31 schools. These schools made up about half of the top runners who would be seen at a Class A state meet. Even with this high level of competition, the Rebels girls and boys teams both came in 15th place.

The next meet for the Rebels is in Hibbing on Thursday, September 25.


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