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By Peggy Granquist
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

ML/WR/Barnum runners compete at Swain Invitational


October 10, 2019

Peggy Granquist

A group of the Rebel runners showed off the result of running in the mud and rain: (left to right) Lilly Petty, Savannah Gamst, Kyra Heaton, Kelli Granquist, Shannon Granquist and Coriella Sheetz.

On Saturday, October 5, the Rebels cross country runners ran in the 69th Annual Swain Invitational. Once again, the course was a sloppy mess-which is, apparently, the way this year.

Swain runs multiple races of A and AA from junior high to varsity. First to compete was the junior high runners in a 3000 meter run (almost 2 miles). In the girls race, Jocelyn Mundell finished with a time of 17:19.0 (107th) and Brooklyn Peterson 17:20.0 (109th). The total number of junior high girls running was 130. In the boys 7-9 race, Elliot Wasche finished 13th overall with a time of 11:59.4, Chet Giersdorf-Thompson (102nd) 14:35.0, Ray Langhorst (156th) 16:21.2, and Levi Anderson (176th)17:36.2. The total number of junior high boys was 205. The junior high runners did not score as a team in this meet. In order to score as a team, there needs to be a minimum of 5 runners per team.

The JV and varsity ran 5000 meters (3.2 miles). The JV girls finished 6th as a team. Individually, Rayna Klejeski was the top Rebel runner (16th) with a time of 25:18.9, Elle Nielsen (23rd) 25:49.0, JoJo Fossum (36th) 26:32.3, Lillia Jordan (60th) 28:25.1, Addie Hanson (78th) 29:18.8, Addison Geil (79th) 29:19. 3, Brynn Kamp (107th) 32:06.3, Kelly Crump (108th) 32:16.8, and Anna Molis (126th) 37:33.4. The total number of runners for the girls was 133. The JV boys finished 5th as a team. Individually, Sam Stadin was 6th with a time of 20:53.1, Daniel Mikrot (20th) 22:01.4, Ryden Anderson (41st) 22:51.4, Gavin Thiry (43rd) 22:55.4, Carl Halverson (48th) 23:02.0, Josh Anderson (55th) 23:34.7, Anson Vargo (122nd) 27:06.6, Kellen Harder (131st) 28:03.1, and Max Petry (143rd) at 30:50.4.

In the varsity A class, the girls finished 15th as a team. Individually, Lilly Petty was the 1st Rebel to cross the finish line and overall was 46th with a time of 23:18.8; Coriella Sheetz (61st) 23:55.0, Shannon Granquist (69th) 24:10.8, Kelli Granquist (80th) 24:34.0, Kyra Heaton (112th) 25:35.2, and Savannah Gamst (124th) 25:51.2. The total number of runners was 208. The varsity boys finished 9th as a team. Individually, Maverick Koecher finished 22nd with a time of 19:07.6, Chance Lunde (54th) 20:13.8, Tan Dipman (66th) 20:23.2, Johnathan Danelski (67th) 20:24.8, Joseph Mikrot (82nd) 20:47.6, Shawn Bailey (85th) 20:51.9, and Everett Fitzsimmons (103rd) 21:21.6.

"I think the kids approached the race with the right attitude," said Coach Whalen. "It's easy to be negative with rainy weather and muddy conditions, but every team has to face those same conditions so you might as well have fun with it."

Many of the girls finished with smiles on their faces and were saying how it was fun running in the puddles as it actually kept them cool. Great attitudes! Next up for the running Rebels is the Polar League meet in Grand Marais on Thursday, October 10.


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