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By Scott Olson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Rebels run muddy Duluth course


October 12, 2017

Shawn Jansen

Rebels Grant Pettit (#1440), Lucas Koecher (#1435) and Sam Stadin (#1442) were among the Rebels junior varsity runners whose scores were used to determine the team's fourth place finish at the Swain Invite in Duluth Saturday, October 7.

On Saturday, October 7, the Moose Lake/Willow River/Barnum Rebels cross country team headed to the 67th running of the Swain Invite in Duluth. This is the second largest meet put on in Minnesota, with the Milaca Mega Meet the largest. With just over 1,750 runners from 68 teams covering both A and AA teams, it looked to be a very muddy course due to the rain of the past few days and lack of drainage at the course. The course was so muddy in spots, though not as bad as the Hibbing course, but close. Due to the mud, the course had to be extended by 200 to 250 meters; in one corner you could sink in the mud over your shoes just walking. The temps during the race were around 55 degrees and it was partly cloudy.

The Class A varsity girls race was won by Tierney Wolfgram of Math and Science Academy in a time of 19:02.5.

The Rebels varsity girls team placed 13th out of 32 schools, with 172 runners in the race. Leading the team was Coriella Sheetz, 32nd in 22:45.3; Kelli Granquist, 42nd in 22:58.6; Kyra Heaton, 77th in 24:23.0; Lexi Tekippe, 93rd in 24:56.9; Savannah Gamst, 104th in 25:15.0; Sarah Michels, 106th in 25:25.5; and Delaney Koecher, 111th in 25:29.8.

The Class A varsity boys race was won by Harris Anderson, also of Math and Science Academy, in a time of 17:21.7.

The Rebels varsity boys team placed ninth out of 37 teams, with 204 runners in the race. Receiving a medal for the Rebels was Ethan Olson, fourth in 17:47.1; followed by Lake Doran, 43rd in 19:16.7; Maverick Koecher, 63rd in 19:39.2; Danny Whited, 76th in 19:52.0; Tan Dipman, 84th in 19:58.7; Johnathan Danelski, 113th in 20:21.5; and Wheeler Anderson, 147th in 21:18.3.

In the Rebels JV races, the girls were ninth out of 26 schools and the boys had a great finish at fourth out of 26 schools.

Running for the JV girls were Maddy Gamst, 33rd in 27:27.5; Maddy Stadin, 35th in 27:33.5; Kelly Crump, 87th in 31:42.4; Ella Rhoades, 105th in 34:59.0; and Leah Rhoades, 106th in 34:59.1.

The boys JV team had Spencer Lower 20th in 21:41.9; Sam Stadin, 30th in 21:41.6; Henry Collier, 31st in 21:41.9; Lucas Koecher, 35th 22:06.1; David Webb, 55th in 22:36.3; Joseph Mikrot, 63rd in 22:44.6; Everett Gamst, 67th in 22:46.8; Levi Granda, 70th in 22:59.6; Hunter Olsen, 72nd in 23:01.3; Grant Pettit, 74th in 23:09.6; Levi Skelton, 101st in 24:41.1; and Carl Halverson, 121st in 26:49.8.

The seventh through ninth grade girls and boys race was set up as a 3km course, with both Class A and AA running at the same time. The Rebels girls had Rayna Klejeski 42nd in 14:31.0; Abbey Erwin, 108th in 16:41.9; and Anna Molis, 151st in 20:10.9. The Rebels boys had Davin Leino 111th in 13:27.1; Blake Overland, 205th in 15:03.7; Noah Salzer, 230th in 16:47.6; and Sam Collier, 236th in 17:19.4.

Next up for the Rebels was the Polar League Conference Championship in Grand Marais on Wednesday, October 11; the Proctor Lions Invite on Tuesday, October 17; and the Section 7A Championship in Cloquet on Thursday, October 26.


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