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By Al Rose
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Three Rebels qualify for state meet


Al Rose

Sam Coil flings a personal best of 156-06 to win the discus at the Section 7A Track and Field Meet at Esko on Thursday, June 1. Coil also won the shot put with a heave of 55-02.

Three Moose Lake/Willow River Rebels qualified for the Class A track and field meet at the Section 7A meet held at Esko on a nearly 80 degree and mostly sunny Thursday, June 1. The three MLWR athletes will be competing in a total of five individual events.

Sophomore Kennedy Bryant is heading to the big show for her fourth time in the long jump. Byrant, who set her career best of 16-04.75 at the subsection meet, had her leap of 16-03 hold up for first place. Bryant, needing to place ninth or better, was close to the podium as she placed 11th at state last year.

Bryant, who triple jumped 34-07 for second place at the subsection meet and who came in as the school record-holder with an effort of 35-04.50, had to handle some very serious pressure as she found herself in fourth place and in danger of not qualifying as she was down to her last jump in the finals. Bryant responded and popped a big one as she hopped, skipped and jumped all the way out to 36-02 to improve her school record by 09-50 inches. Most of all, the very exciting accomplishment vaulted her forward into second place to send her to the state for her first time in the tricky triple jump.

Senior Sam Coil earned his way to the state meet for the third time in the shot put. Coil placed fifth his sophomore year and third last year with the 12-pound iron orb. Coil busted a big throw and eclipsed his own school record by winning the subsection with a huge heave of 57-00. Coil cruised to his ticket to state with a throw of 55-02. The second place throw was 47-05.

Coil was injured and unable to close out his competition in the discus in 2016, but he made up for that this year. Coil won the south subsection at 143-04. His season's best of 149-02 was 19-09 further than his closest competitor. The senior did not rest on his laurels, letting one fly 156-06 to increase his personal best by 07-04 as Coil begins to close his track and field career by heading south in both of the weight events. The second place fling was 133-03.

Al Rose

Kennedy Bryant increased her school record to 36-02 to take second place in the triple jump at the Section 7A Track and Field Meet at Esko on Thursday, June 1.

Junior Ethan Olson, the school record holder in the 3,200 meter run and the 1,600 meter run, also had his time to shine in the sun. Olson, who set the school record of 4:32.79 last year and who had a season's best of 4:33.70 this year and with a time of 4:43.38 at the south subsection meet, took on two of his toughest competitors, eighth-grader Geno Urbom of Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin of the north subsection and senior dark horse Billy Staska of McGregor who placed second behind Olson at the south subsection. Olson seemed to toy a bit with the youngster on the second and third backstretches. Urbom stayed right with his nemesis on the final stretch, but Olson's speed work in the 800s, 400s and even a 200-meter dash paid off as the more conditioned and experienced junior had enough in the tank to sprint the last 100 meters to win 4:29.21 to 4:29.66 over Urbom. Olson's time was a new school record by :03.58 as Olson sets his sites on the podium for the four-lapper in his second year in a row.


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