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By Peggy Granquist
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Cross country runs the Griak


October 3, 2019

Saturday, September 28th, the ML/WR/Barnum Rebel varsity cross country runners participated in the Roy Griak Invitational held at Les Bolstad Golf Course in Minneapolis, hosted by the University of Minnesota. “Griak” is a college meet that invites the varsity level runners of high schools throughout the country. The high school portion is divided into the Gold Division (boys and girls) and Maroon Division (boys and girls). The divisions are based on competitiveness with the Gold Division being the most competitive

The Rebels participated in the Maroon Division. The boys had a total of 561 runners compete. ML/WR/Barnum finished 34th out of 50 teams. Individually, Maverick Koecher (the top Rebel finisher) finished 80th overall with a time of 18:11.2, (2) Johnny Danelski (143rd) 18:40.6, (3) Tan Dipman (204th) 19:04.4, (4) Shawn Bailey (211th) 19:07.6, (5) Joseph Mikrot (255th) 19:24.7, (6) Chance Lunde (287th) 19:38.9, and (7) Everett Fitzsimmons (400th) 20:24.1. Other Rebel runners that placed include Sam Stadin (458th) 20:58.5, Everett Gamst (470th) 21:05.3, and Elliot Wasche (474th) 21:09.7. The top 7 runners contribute to the team score.

The Lady Rebels finished as a team 39th out of 50. Individually, Lilly Petty finished 1st for the Rebels and 110th overall with a time of 22:01.0, followed closely behind by (2) Coriella Sheetz (111th) 22:01.05, (3) Shannon Granquist (236th) 23:06.4, (4) Kelli Granquist (284th) 23:38.6, (5) Laya Danelski (312th 23:57.1, (6) Savannah Gamst (330th) 24:08.5, and (7) Kyra Heaton (335th) 24:10.7. Elle Nielsen (360th) 24:30.7, JoJo Fossom (379th) 24:54.1, and Rayna Klejeski (441st) 25:54.1 also finished and placed overall for the Rebels. Total number of runners for the girls was 509.

Next up for the Rebels (7th, 8th, JV, and varsity) is the annual Swain Meet in Duluth on October 5th.

“I think the kids did a good job,” said Coach Whalen. “Having over 500 kids in the race and being able to navigate through a crowd like that can be difficult, and for the most part I think our athletes did a good job of that. Their performance should set them up for a nice race next weekend at Swain.”


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