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By Scott Olson
Moose Lake Star Gazette 

Successful meet for Rebels runners


Scott Olson

The Rebels girls junior varsity and junior high runners include, front: Lexi Korpela (JH), Kelli Granquist and Anna Molis (JH). Back: Maddy Stadin, Meghan Granquist, Lily Geil, Mari Anderson and Giannalisa Siebott.

On Thursday, October 6, the Moose Lake/Willow River/Barnum cross country team headed north for the Hibbing Rotary Invite. It was another fine evening for running with temps in the low 50s with partly cloudy skies and a light breeze. The course was in fine shape for running, however, instead of being 5,000 meters, it was closer to 5,500 meters. The error was not discovered until the girls junior varsity and varsity runners came in during the first race and their times were way off. It was too late to change the course and by the end of the boys junior varsity and varsity race, all the times were close to 1½ minutes slower than they should have been due to the added 500 meters.

The junior high race was listed as 3,000 meters, though their times were also slightly off. In the girls race, it was Lexi Korpela finishing ninth in 16:10 and Anna Molis 46th in 24:07.

The boys team came in eighth place with Grant Pettit 20th in 13:54, Nate Jungers 25th in 14:11, Levi Granda 42nd in 14:54, Anson Vargo 54th in 15:37, Carl Halverson 55th in 15:38, Sam Collier 71st in 17:26 and Nathan Nyblom 77th in 19:59.

The junior varsity girls team had a fourth place finish with Meghan Granquist 11th in 27:58, Steph Maciej 20th in 30:29, Giannalisa Siebott 22nd in 31:28, Lily Geil 27th in 32:33 and Maddy Stadin 28th in 33:18.

The JV boys team had a great day with a first place finish out of eight teams. Leading the team was Aaron Bode first in 21:13, Henry Collier fourth in 21:35, Tim Vogt fifth in 21:37, David Webb sixth in 21:47, Maverick Koecher 13th in 22:18, Lucas Koecher 20th in 22:37, Sam Stadin 37th in 23:43, Levi Skelton 41st in 24:11 and Spencer Lower 59th in 26:07.

In the varsity races it was the top 10 runners who received medals. The Rebels varsity girls team finished sixth out of 11 teams. Receiving a medal was Savannah Gamst for sixth in 22:46, Laya Danelski 26th in 24:48, Coriella Sheetz 48th in 25:59, Lexi Tekippe 49th in 26:09, Sydney Bexell 50th in 26:13, Sophie Richardson 51st in 26:15 and Kelli Granquist 56th in 26:41.

The Rebels varsity boys team had a fourth place finish out of 13 teams. It was a foot race the entire race between Isaac Boedigheimer, a Class AA runner from Cloquet, and Rebels runner Ethan Olson. Encouraging each other to run faster, it was Boedigheimer who beat Olson by only a step with each runner collapsing at the finish line in exhaustion. The next runner to come in finished 45 seconds later. Had the course been a proper 5K it was figured their times would have been 16:30 or less.

Because the Rebels are a Class A team, Olson received a medal for his first place finish in 17:55, followed by Joe Bustrak 16th in 19:57, Tan Dipman 19th in 20:02, Mark Fossum 27th in 20:13, Lake Doran 31st in 20:20, Jacob Danelski 35th in 20:24 and Danny Whited 38th in 20:26.

Next up, the Rebels were scheduled to run in Grand Marias on Wednesday, October 12, for Polar League Conference Championships to be followed by the Proctor Lions Invite on Tuesday, October 18.


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