By Scott Olson
Moose Lake Star Gazette 

Rebels cross country does well


Rebels cross country runners Nick Furey and Casey Tuel compete in the Hibbing Rotary meet September 25.

The Moose Lake/Willow River/Barnum cross country team headed north to Hibbing for the Hibbing Rotary meet Thursday, September 25. The Rebels girls had a great showing by coming in third place for the second time this season.

Leading the way for the Rebels was Nicole Tekippe in 14th followed by Kennedy Bryant in 20th, Savannah Gamst in 23rd, Sarah Michels in 26th, Tori Walczynski in 28th, Charis Blacklock in 38th and Meghan Granquist in 47th.

The Rebels boys followed with a fifth place finish. Rebels Ethan Olson medaled in ninth place, Casey Tuel in 20th, Asa Spicer in 23rd, Andrew Mikrot in 39th, Nick Furey in 44th and Mark Fossum in 48th. Joe Bustrak started the race but was injured and was unable to finish.

The Rebels junior varsity girls team did an outstanding job and took first place with the top seven runners being Erika Kosloski in fourth, Brandi Lekander in fifth, Alexi Babcock in seventh, Lexi Tekippe in eighth, Alexis Oswald in 12th, Lily Geil in 13th and Zita Surjan in 15th.

Though the JV boys did not have the five racers needed to make up a team, they still placed high in their race. Filipp Tychina finished in second with Tim Vogt in sixth, Aaron Bode in seventh and Ryder Anderson in 17th.

Coach Adam Whelan said, "The athletes are having a good season so far and are starting to drop their times down with the end of the season approaching. At Hibbing we had 11 athletes get a career PR (personal record), which we are hoping for again come time for Sections on October 23 in Cloquet. Rebels girls with PRs at Hibbing were Savannah Gamst, Charis Blacklock, Meghan Granquist, Lexi Tekippe, Brandi Lekander, Lily Geil and Maddie Geil. Rebels boys who received PRs were Ethan Olson, Casey Tuel, Andrew Mikrot and Aaron Bode."

The next meet is the much anticipated 64th annual Swain Invitational held at the Enger Park Golf Course in Duluth on Saturday, October 4. With over 50 schools and 2,000 runners representing both Class A and AA it should be an exciting day. Races start at 10 a.m. with the last race at 3 p.m.


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