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By Scott Olson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Runners struggle in warm weather


September 21, 2017

Scott Olson

The Rebels girls junior varsity team is pictured after a muddy practice in the Soo Pits north of Moose Lake. They are, front: Kelly Crump, Delaney Koecher and Sammy Gruwell; back: Rikimae Duevel, Maddy Stadin and Meghan Granquist. Not pictured: Ella Rhoades and Leah Rhoades.

On Tuesday, September 12, the Moose Lake/Willow River/Barnum Rebels cross country team went to Mora and competed against teams they normally do not see from the southern areas. Maybe it was the heat or just one of those really off days, but nothing seemed to go right. After running the last three weeks in cooler weather, the heat and humidity of 85 degrees took its toll. Not only did it hit the Rebels, but all the teams were having issues.

The people on hand to deal with heat-related problems did an excellent job and were very busy. The Rebels girls varsity team had one of their runners go down from heat exhaustion only about 100 meters from the finish line. She is doing fine, but it was a scary moment for all. She was not the only one who went down; at least two others collapsed on the course during the day and more were attended to at the finish line.

For the Rebels girls varsity team, it was a tough finish after losing a couple runners during the race and they ended 13th out of 21 schools present. Leading the team was Kelli Granquist, 29th in 23:13.8; Lexi Tekippe, 67th in 24:46.9; Kyra Heaton, 78th in 25:33.1; Savannah Gamst, 81st in 25:44.2; and Maddie Gamst, 89th in 26:56.3.

The Rebels boys varsity team had similar problems when two of their runners missed the start of the race and were about 100 meters behind the other runners. The team finished sixth out of 23 schools. Winning the race was Noah Bundrock of Howard Lake Waverley in a time of 17:06.3. Following in second place was Rebel Ethan Olson in 17:12.0; Lake Doran, 24th in 19:07.8; Mark Fossum, 27th in 19:09.6; Danny Whited, 34th in 19:15.6; Maverick Koecher, 88th in 21:09.4; Tan Dipman, 91st in 21:12.3; and Henry Collier, 101st in 21:45.2.

The junior varsity Rebels girls were the bright spot of the day, putting in a stellar performance with a third place team finish out of 19 schools. Leading the team was Rikimae Duevel, 23rd in 26:41.2; Meghan Granquist, 25th in 26:49.9; Delaney Koecher, 26th in 27:06.4; Maddy Stadin, 34th in 27:37.5; Sammy Gruwell, 37th in 27:39.0; Kelly Crump, 84th in 33:12.4; Ella Rhoades, 90th in 36:27.2; and Leah Rhoades, 91st in 36:27.6.

The Rebels JV boys also did well with a team finish of fifth place out of 20 schools. Johnathon Danelski led the team, coming in 19th in 20:41.2; David Webb, 33rd in 21:33.4; Spencer Lower, 37th in 21:47.0; Lucas Koecher, 50th in 22:16.2; Sam Stadin, 52nd in 22:19.3; Hunter Olsen, 66th in 23:00.2; Levi Granda, 76th in 23:29.3; Wheeler Anderson, 96th in 24:24.3; Grant Pettit, 98th in 24:30.2; and Levi Skelton; 110th in 25:06.1.

The junior high course was only one lap at a distance of 2.5 km. The junior high girls had only two running, so no team score was given (five runners minimum are needed). They were Rayna Klejeski, 28th in 11:33.4; and Abbey Erwin, 55th in 12:37.2.

The junior high boys did have enough for a team and ended up placing seventh out of 19 schools. Everett Gamst led the team at 17th in 9:38.4; Davin Leino, 34th in 10:14.6; Joseph Mikrot, 35th in 10:19.6; Caden Privette, 38th in 10:24.6; Carl Halverson, 61st in 10:57.1; Connor Clausen, 64th in 11:02.2; Anson Vargo, 85th in 11:42.1; Sam Collier, 86th in 11:43.2; Blake Overland, 89th in 11:49.8; and Blake Oquist, 125th in 19:42.5.

Next up for the Rebels was the Paul Bauer Invite in Grand Rapids on Tuesday, September 19, the Milaca Mega Meet on Saturday, September 23, and the Hibbing Rotary Invite on Thursday, September 28.


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