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Cross Country runners take on tough course


October 11, 2018

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The varsity girls' team from the Swain meet in Duluth. From left to right are Lexi Tekippe, Sarah Michels, Savannah Gamst, Coriella Sheetz, Lilly Petty, Laya Danelski and Kelli Granquist.

On Saturday, September 29, the top 10 runners from the Boys and Girls MLWRB Cross Country teams attended the Roy Griak Invitational Meet in St. Paul. Hosted by the University of Minnesota, the Roy Griak meet attracts Division I, II and III Colleges from all over the country and high school teams from mostly Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and the Dakotas. There were six races throughout the day varying in length from 5,000 M to 8,000 M. The morning races were college races with the Gold or Elite and Maroon high school races taking place in the afternoon. The runners from MLWRB competed in the Boys and Girls High School Maroon races.

The boys team ran first and finished 26th out of 53 teams. Maverick Koecher led the team finishing 91st out of almost 500 runners in a time of 18:22. Close behind him was Tan Dipman, 122nd in 18:63, Johnathan Danelski 156rd in 18:46, Danny Whited 208th in 19:12, Lake Doran 224th in 19:18, Spencer Lower 288th in 19:49 and Shawn Bailey 295th in 19:53.

The girls team placed 30th out of 49 teams. Individually two girls from MLWRB finished in the top 100. They were Coriella Sheetz at 59th in a time of 21:07 and Kelli Granquist at 99th in a time of 21:41. Following them were Lilly Petty 175th in 22:25, Savannah Gamst 237th in 23:09, Lexi Tekippe 247th in 23:15, Sarah Michels 270th in 23:22, Laya Danelski 282nd in 23:43, Kyra Heaton 299th in 23:53, and Esther Vogt 284th in 26:06. The team didn't know until minutes before the boys' varsity race that the Roy Griak meet allows up to 10 runners to compete at a time. With only an hour before the girls race, both Kyra Heaton and Esther Vogt were given the option and agreed to run and both did an excellent job of stepping up and racing on very short notice.

This past Saturday (October 6), the JV, Junior High and Varsity Cross Country teams competed at the Swain Invitational at the Enger Golf Course in Duluth. The Swain Invitational is notorious for being a tough, hilly course and it is not uncommon to have snow or rain the day of the meet. Despite all the rain, the course was in relatively good condition and multiple runners ran personal best on the hilly course. The junior high girls' team ran first and finished 11th overall. Competing for MLWRB in the 3000 M Junior High race were Shannon Granquist 29th in 13:30.3, Lillia Jordan 48th in 13:59.1, Ella Heaton 67th in 14:25.7, Elle Nielson 95th in 15:09.8, Addie Hanson 124th in 16:09.1, Riata Klejeski 137th in 16:44.6 Addison Geil 140th in 16:53.0, and Kaitlyn Siedlecki 170th in 24:01.7.

The Junior Varsity Girls raced well and placed third in the Girls Division A JV race with the team scoring five runners, all finishing in the top 50 out of over 100 runners. They were Kyra Heaton 17th in 24:36.6, Rayna Klejeski 20th in 24:48.5, Esther Vogt 23rd in 25:00.4, Delaney Koecher 36th in 25:56.9 and Jocelyn St. Pierre 41st in 26:20.2. Also running for MLWRB in that race were Megahan Granquist 52nd in 27:00.4, Kelly Crump 95th in 30:35.0 and Anna Molis 105th in 33:27.9.

The boys' Junior Varsity team finished sixth in the Boys Division A JV race. Leading the team was Joseph Mikrot 14th in a time of 19:59.7. Not far behind him was teammate Connor Clausen 17th in 20:08. Both Joseph and Conner finished in the top 20 out of almost 170 boys. Following for the team was Everett Gamst 45th in 21:23.5, Wheeler Anderson 63rd in 22:01.5, Ryder Anderson 70th in 22:12.1,Carl Halverson 76th in 22:33, Levi Granda 80th in 22:39.3, Blake Overland 106th in 23:36.8, Anson Vargo 119th in 24:23.1, Nate Jungers 122nd in 24:36.1, and Winter Bowstring 146th in 26:04.

The girls' varsity team finished eighth out of 28 Division A Girls Varsity teams. Individually, all seven finished in the top 100 in a race with over 200 individual runners. First for the team was Coriella Sheetz 17th in 20:59.0, followed by Kelli Granquist 26th in 21:24.7, Lilly Petty 45th in 22:01.1, Lexi Tekippe 73rd in 22:54.3, Sarah Michels 86th in 23:12.2, Savannah Gamst 88th in 23:16.0 and Laya Danelski 96th in 23:25.0.

The boys' varsity team finished 13th out of the 32 Division A Boys Varsity teams present. They were Johnathan Danelski 67th in 18:40.4, Maverick Koecher 69th in 18:41.2, Lake Doran 81st in 18:50.5, Danny Whited 93rd in 19:12.4, Tan Dipman 101st in 19:20.0, Spencer Lower 109th in 19:34.2 and Shawn Bailey 113th in 19:42.4.


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