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By Scott Olson
Moose Lake Star Gazette 

Runner Ethan Olson heads to state


Scott Olson

The Moose Lake/Willow River/Barnum Rebels varsity cross country team members who ran in Cloquet October 23 in the Section 7A Championships are, front: Josephine Race and Mallory Agurkis. Middle: Sydney Bexell, Savannah Gamst, Kennedy Bryant, Charis Blacklock, Meghan Granquist and Sarah Michels, with assistant coach Sarah Thompson. Back: Joe Bustrak with coach Adam Whelan, Casey Tuel, Mark Fossum, Nick Furey, Andrew Mikrot, Ethan Olson, Asa Spicer, Aaron Bode and Tim Vogt.

The Moose Lake/Willow River/Barnum varsity cross country teams were in Cloquet on Thursday, October 23 for the Section 7A Championships.

One could not have asked for a nicer day to run - temps in the mid 40s and cloudy. Two years ago, they ran in 2 inches of snow on the ground and last year it was also snowing.

The Rebels varsity boys ran first. When the last runner came in, the boys team had a sixth place finish out of 16 teams and 116 runners. Rebel Ethan Olson will head to the state cross country meet with his ninth place finish and a time of 17:42.9. Rebel Joe Bustrak followed in 31st at 18:43.9, Casey Tuel in 37th at 18:55.1, Andrew Mikrot in 38th at 18:58.3, Asa Spicer in 44th at 19:08.8, Nick Furey in 62nd at 19:40.1 and Mark Fossum in 71st at 19:50. The alternates, Aaron Bode and Tim Vogt, would have run if someone was unable to start the race.

The Rebels varsity girls team ran their race and had a seventh place finish out of 15 teams and 116 runners. Leading the way was Savannah Gamst with a 19th place finish in 16:34.8, followed by Sarah Michels in 30th at 17:03.4, Nicole Tekippe in 32nd at 17:10.5, Charis Blacklock in 42nd at 17:29, Kennedy Bryant in 52nd at 17:54.9, Meghan Granquist in 61st at 18:09 and Sydney Bexell in 76th at 18:49.4. The alternates for the girls were Josephine Race and Mallory Agurkis.

Coach Adam Whelan said, "Thank you all for a great season. Although great traditions take years to develop, I feel we have a solid start to one since I first started coaching. I have no doubt that this growth will continue due to the great people we have involved in this program. Thanks again."

Good luck to Ethan Olson as he heads to the state cross country meet at Saint Olaf College in Northfield on November 1.


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