Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Scott Olson
Moose Lake Star Gazette 

Rebels runners compete at Swain


Scott Olson

Rebels assistant coach Sarah Thompson, Ethan Olson with his seventh place medal and coach Adam Whelan.

The Moose Lake/Willow River/Barnum cross country team was in Duluth for the 66th running of the Swain Invite on Saturday, October 1. The weather so far this season has been excellent and this day was the same with temps in the low 60s, partly cloudy skies and a slight breeze. This meet has approximately 2,175 runners and 70 schools; the course is one of the toughest, with a looping, hilly layout.

The seventh- through ninth-grade race was set up as a 3,000 meter course of one loop and the junior varsity and varsity races completed two loops for a 5K race. Receiving medals were the top 10 in the seventh- through ninth-grade races, top three in junior varsity and top 15 in varsity races.

The highlights for the top individual racers for the seventh- through ninth-grade girls was Lauren Hartman, 35th out of 194 racers, and in the boys it was Michael Olson, 50th out of 310 racers.

In the junior varsity girls race it was Meghan Granquist, 41st out of 124 runners and for JV boys it was Mark Fossum 15th out of 191 runners.

For the varsity girls it was Savannah Gamst 34th out of 216 runners. For the varsity boys it was Ethan Olson receiving a medal for his seventh place finish out of 244 runners.

The seventh- through ninth-grade girls team had a 14th place finish out of 17 teams and the boys team was 12th out of 28 teams. Running on the girls team was Lauren Hartman in 13:25, Kelli Granquist in 14:04, Steph Maciej in 15:38, Lexi Korpela in 16:01 and Anna Molis in 23:59.

For the boys it was Michael Olson in 11:40, Maverick Koecher in 11:42, Wheeler Anderson in 11:53, Jonathan Danelski in 11:55, Nate Jungers in 13:03, Grant Pettit in 13:11, Levi Granda in 13:36, Anson Vargo in 14:19 and Carl Halverson in 14:31.

In the JV races the girls had a 10th place finish. The boys did an excellent job with fourth place out of 17 teams.

In the girls race it was Meghan Granquist in 26:19, Giannalisa Siebott in 27:41, Alexis Oswald in 30:42, in her first race was exchange student from Norway, Mari Andersen, in 31:21 and Lily Geil in 31:37.

For the boys it was Mark Fossum in 19:28, Aaron Bode in 19:59, Tim Vogt in 20:20, Lucas Koecher in 20:27, David Webb in 20:30, Levi Skelton in 22:25 and Spencer Lower in 23:15.

The Rebels varsity girls ended the day 23rd out of 32 teams and the Rebels varsity boys went 14th out of 34 teams.

Running for the Rebels girls were Savannah Gamst in 21:22, Coriella Sheetz in 23:59, Lexi Tekippe in 24:08, Sydney Bexell in 24:14, Laya Danelski in 24:22 and Sophie Richardson in 24:23.

The Rebels varsity boys were Ethan Olson in 16:56, Tan Dipman in 18:40, Lake Doran in 19:07, Danny Whited in 19:10, and Jacob Danelski in 19:51.

The next meet for the Rebels is in Hibbing on October 6 and Polar League in Grand Marias on October 12.

For those who wish to review results, go to and search under "results" for races by date.


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