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By Scott Olson
Moose Lake Star Gazette 

Rebels runners take home medals


Scott Olson

Rebels runners take home medals following the October 12 meet in Grand Marais. They are, front: Tan Dipman, Wheeler Anderson, Jonathan Danelski and Maverick Koecher. Middle: Aaron Bode, Grant Pettit, Savannah Gamst, Meghan Granquist and Giannalisa Siebott. Back: Ethan Olson, David Webb, Lucas Koecher, Sam Stadin, Henry Collier and Tim Vogt.

On Wednesday, October 12, the Moose Lake/Willow River/Barnum cross country team headed up the North Shore to Grand Marais for the Polar league Conference Championships at the hilly course of Pincushion Trails. With temps in the mid 40s and partly sunny skies and sprinkles, the runners had a nice day to race, though the trail was slippery in spots.

Junior high ran a 2,600-meter course while the other races were a 5K. With 60 medals available to seven teams present, 10 were given in each race. The Rebels came away with 16 medals, two for first place.

Congratulations to the junior high boys team who had a first place finish. The medal winners in the junior high boys race were Jonathan Danelski, second in 9:29; Maerick Koecher, third in 9:48; Wheeler Anderson, sixth in 10:12; Sam Stadin, eighth in 10:23; and Grant Pettit, ninth in 10:25. Other runners were Nate Jungers, 18th in 11:13; Levi Granda, 22nd in 11:23; Anson Vargo, 34th in 13:15; Carl Halverson, 35th in 13:18; and Sam Collier, 38th in 14:47.

The girls junior high had Anna Molis, 27th in 20:07.

In the junior varsity race, the girls team had a third place finish. Receiving medals were Meghan Granquist, fourth in 25:47; and Giannalisa Siebott, fifth in 25:56; with Mari Andersen 17th in 30:23; Lily Geil 18th in 32:00; Maddy Stadin 19th in 33:13; and Alexis Oswald 20th in 33:53.

Another congratulations goes to the JV boys team for their first place finish. Receiving medals for the boys were Aaron Bode for his first place in 19:29; Tim Vogt, second in 19:42; Henry Collier, fourth in 20:00; Lucas Koecher, seventh in 20:32; and David Webb, ninth in 20:41. Also running was Adam Dragicevich, 20th in 22:37; Levi Skelton, 23rd in 23:20; and Spencer Lower, 24th in 23:25.

In the varsity races, along with receiving medals, the top 10 were named all-conference runners.

The Rebels girls varsity team had a fifth place finish. Going all conference was Savannah Gamst for her third place finish in 21:16. Other Rebels runners were Laya Danelski, 11th in 22:39; Sophie Richardson, 21st in 23:48; Lexi Tekippe, 23rd in 23:55; Sydney Bexell, 24th in 23:58; and Kelli Granquist, 31st in 24:48.

The Rebels varsity boys team had a second place finish with three runners going all-conference. Along with his first place finish, Ethan Olson set a new Polar league Conference course record with his finishing time of 16:41.4. The old record of 16:59.2 was set in 2010 by Kieran Scannell of Cook County. Also receiving all-conference was Tan Dipman, eighth in 18:14, and Joe Bustrak, l0th in 18:24; with Jacob Danelski 14th in 18:38; Lake Doran 15th in 18:48; Danny Whited 18th in 18:57; and Mark Fossum 19th in 18:59.

The next meet for the Rebels is the Proctor Lions Invite set for Tuesday, October 18. This meet was the last race of the season for the junior high and junior varsity teams. The varsity teams will run on Thursday, October 27, in Cloquet at the Section 7A championships.


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