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By Scott Olson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Great start for Rebels runners


September 7, 2017

Scott Olson

Front: Tan Dipman, Lake Doran and Danny Whited. Back: Assistant Coach Andy Wyman, Maverick Koecher, Ethan Olson, Mark Fossum and Coach Adam Whelan. Not pictured: Henry Collier.

The Moose Lake/Willow River/Barnum Rebels cross country team is off to another year of running. On Thursday, August 31, they made the long drive to the Pincushion Trails of Grand Marias for a beautiful day of running with temps in the low 60s, sunny skies and little wind. The course was set up with the junior high running 2.6 km, the junior varsity 4 km and the varsity 5 km, with the top 10 finishers in the junior high and JV races and top 15 in the varsity receiving medals.

The varsity boys took advantage of the weather and went out and gave it their all and came away with something they have not done since Andy Whelan has been a coach - they won a meet. Some may think there was no competition, but with a solid North Shore team that took second, they went out and took down AA team Duluth East who took third. They beat North Shore by two points and Duluth East by 12 points.

The extra miles the boys put in over the summer really showed with the top five runners finishing in under 19 minutes. For a course as tough as the Pincushion Trails, that is a major hurdle and it shows the depth and strength they have. Leading the way was Ethan Olson finishing second in a time of 16:56.8, only four seconds behind the winner, Jake Paron of North Shore, who has always been a tough runner, with Olson and him having a rivalry over the last few years. Following for the team was Tan Dipman, ninth in 18:44.3; Mark Fossum, 11th in 18:46.6; Danny Whited, 12th in 18:46.8; and Lake Doran, 15th in 18:57.3. The top five runners' scores are used for determining placement in a meet. The other runners in the race were Henry Collier, 34th in 20:38.4; Maverick Koecher, 36th in 20:47.5; Jonathon Daneski, 46th in 21:21.3; Spencer Lower, 48th in 21:26.7; Wheeler Anderson, 49th in 21:36.3; Lucas Koecher, 71st in 25:09.5; and Levi Skelton, 73rd in 25:42.1.

The girls varsity team had a fifth place finish with Coriella Sheetz leading the team at 19th in 22:30.5; Kelli Granquist was 23rd in 23:04.7; Sarah Michels, 44th in 25:54.0; Delaney Koecher, 49th in 26:53.5; Rikimae Duevel, 50th in 26:55.0; Maddy Stadin, 51st in 26:57.7; and Meghan Granquist, 52nd in 27:01.7.

The junior varsity boys had two runners receive medals - Grant Pettit for fourth in 16:21.7 and Levi Granda for 10th in 17:34.8. Hunter Olson came in 14th in 17:53.7.

Running for the JV girls was Kyra Heaton taking first and medaling with a time of 18:04.0. Running like that will get a person on the varsity team real fast. Also in the race was Kelly Crump, 23rd in 24:58.6.

In the junior high boys race it was Everett Gamst, 13th in 11:01.5; Caden Privette, 16th in 11:12.5; Davin Leino, 18th in 11:16.7; Joseph Mikrot, 32nd in 11:52.6; Anson Vargo, 43rd in 12:40.6; Carl Halverson, 44th 12:43.6; and Sam Collier, 47th in 13:13.5.

The junior high girls had Rayna Klejeski medaling at 10th place in 12:48.6; Abbey Erwin, 12th in 12:58.7; and Anna Molis, 33rd in 19:00.4.

Next up for the Rebels will be the GNK Titan Invite in Coleraine on Thursday. September 7, followed by the Mora Invite in Mora on Tuesday, September 12.


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