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Rebels Cross Country Team competes in two meets

September 21, 2012

Markus Drealan sticks with the pack as the pace is set early in the Marshall meet. 
    FULDA FREE PRESS/ Sean Solheim
FULDA FREE PRESS/ Sean Solheim
Markus Drealan sticks with the pack as the pace is set early in the Marshall meet.
    Kole Kramer gives it his all as he heads to the finish line. 
 FULDA FREE PRESS/ Sean Solheim
FULDA FREE PRESS/ Sean Solheim
Kole Kramer gives it his all as he heads to the finish line.
      Melissa Gehl is able to sprint her way to the end of the race. 
 FULDA FREE PRESS/ Sean Solheim
FULDA FREE PRESS/ Sean Solheim
Melissa Gehl is able to sprint her way to the end of the race.
   Madison Dibble runs with the Rebels during the Cross Country season. 
 FULDA FREE PRESS/ Sean Solheim
FULDA FREE PRESS/ Sean Solheim
Madison Dibble runs with the Rebels during the Cross Country season.
by Sean Solheim, Fulda Free Press staff writer
This past week, the Murray County Central Cross Country team traveled both North and South to compete in a couple of meets featuring a number of schools. Last Monday, the Rebels first traveled to Marshall and showed that they are improving.

Brenden Tjeerdsma was the first and only Rebel to run in the Marshall Invitational in the Junior High boys race. Tjeerdsma, who is a seventh grader, recently ran his first race in Tracy and finished with a time of 9:38. During the race in Marshall, he was able to pace himself better and had somone to run with for the entire race. At the end, Tjeerdsma was able to shave off 10 seconds off his time from the meet in Tracy, which gave him a time of 9:28 for a mile run.

There were no Rebels that competed in the Junior Varsity races, but had a full team running in the Varsity girls race.

There were seven teams that competed for the title at the Marshall Invitational on the girls side and that included Marshall, Adrian, Canby-Minneota-Lincoln Hi, Redwood Valley, Worthington, MCC, and Tracy-Milroy-Balaton.

At the start of the Varsity race, the usual crowd took to the front of the pack, but there was a switch in the Rebels team. In last week’s meet, Sariah Cheadle led the team with a strong time and placing, but at the Marshall Invitational, Melissa Gehl took to the top of the team. Gehl was able to hold her spot down as she competed with Canby-Minneota-Lincoln Hi’s Heidi Pavek for the majority of the race. What Gehl does best is at the end of the race where she has enough energy to sprint at her full potential. With her blast of speed at the end, Gehl was able to place 29th overall and had a time of 18:04. Even though Sariah Cheadle finished second on the team, she still had a great race and had a great placing as it was just a couple spots behind Gehl. Her time was 18:18 and placd 31st overall. Lizette Garza ran in the Varsity race instead of the Junior High race and ran great. She had a pace of about 7:38 per mile, which was 48 seconds faster than her mile time she had in Tracy. Garza was able to pace herself to a 35th place finish and had a Varsity race time of 19:05. Just a short while later, Breanna Breberg came dashing across the finish line and was all by herself. She was able to comfortably finish in 38th place and had a time of 19:20. Jamie Schnoor was the final Rebel to cross the finish line and she had a great improvement in her time. She placed 52nd overall, but shaved off 38 seconds from her time in Tracy.

As a team, the Rebels placed sixth and had 142 points. Marshall and Adrian both tied for the win at 50 points.

The boys Varsity race had 11 teams compete for the team title with the biggest challenge coming between Redwood Valley, Worthington, and Marshall.

Just like the girls race, the usual runners at the top of the pack took off, except the top runner for MCC remained at the top of the team. Andy Garza ran a great race for the Rebels and kept pace with Billy Deslauriers of CML. For the whole race, Garza raced right along side of him and then made a mad dash for the finish. Deslauriers was able to nudge out Garza, but he was able to shave off time despite losing a position. Garza finished 28th overall and took off 15 seconds from his time with a time of 19:00. Aaron Boock came in second on the Rebels team and placed right behind Garza. One of the three Seniors on the boys side also took off time when he placed 29th. His time was 19:04 and he took off 43 seconds from his time in Tracy. Jack Erickson came sprinting through the finish line a short while later and placed 37th. He also took off some time and actually took off a lot of time. Erickson finished with a time of 19:31, which was 1:55 faster than his time last week. Nathan Beech copied Erickson and had the same amount of time taken off his meet time in Marshall. Beech finished 44th and had a time of 19:52. Chris Ellens also had a great race for the Rebels by finishing in 53rd and personally had a better day. He was able to take off 1:50 off his first time in Tracy, which gave him a time of 20:17 in Marshall. Jacob Boerboom, Andrew Appel, and Kole Kramer all finished one right after another later on in the race, but each one of the runners shaved off time as well. Boerboom finished 64th and had a time of 21:23, which was 48 seconds better than his time in Tracy, Appel was next and took off 2:05 off his time while Kole Kramer had the most improved time by taking off 4:13. Markus Drealan came in clocked with a time of 22:12 while Michael Vander Wal rounded out the Rebels runners by having a personal best day himself. VanderWal was able to take off 2:27.

As a team, the Rebels finished sixth with 186 points while Redwood Valley took the team title with 44.

The Rebels had another meet later on this past week as they turned the other direction and headed south to compete in the Worthington Turkey Trot.

During the meet in Worthington, the Rebels were able to accumulate 159 points with Sariah Cheadle leading the way. Cheadle finished with a great 22nd place finish and had an even better time that in Marshall when she clocked in with a time of 17:19.

On the boys side of the race, MCC came in with 165 total team points, which earned the sixth place spot. Andy Garza led the Rebels with a first place finish on the team and he was able to cross the finish line with a time of 18:57.

The Rebels’ next meet is in Canby on Tuesday, September 18th.


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