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Cross Country team hosts MCC Invitational

October 4, 2013

 Isaiah Olsem took a time of 20:53 in the race. 
 FULDA FREE PRESS/Sean Solheim
FULDA FREE PRESS/Sean Solheim
Isaiah Olsem took a time of 20:53 in the race.
   Sariah Cheadle, left, and Melissa Gehl, right, turn up the speed with a sprint to the finish line. 
 FULDA FREE PRESS/Sean Solheim
FULDA FREE PRESS/Sean Solheim
Sariah Cheadle, left, and Melissa Gehl, right, turn up the speed with a sprint to the finish line.
By: Sean Solheim
Earlier this week, the Rebels hosted their annual cross country meet at the Slayton Country Club. The Rebels had a good showing in their home meet, especially with some tough competition from Luverne, Pipestone, Martin County West, and other strong cross country teams.

Jack Peterson led the way for MCC in the junior high boys race. During the mile run around the Slayton Country Club, he was able to keep his own distance and pace himself to a third place finish in the race. His time for his mile run was clocked at 6:36. Cameron Kresko was not far behind Peterson when he crossed the finish line in eighth place overall and he had a time of 6:55. Cale Engelekes had a nice pace going into the finish line as well when he finished with a time of 8:36 while Jake Bleyenberg coasted to an 8:57 finish in the junior high boys race.

Following all the junior varsity races, the varsity girls took to the starting grid and began their 4K race on the sound of the gun. Throughout the first couple miles, the Rebels ran really close with each other and tried to maintain that all throughout the race. Melissa Gehl and Sariah Cheadle led the Rebels team in the race for a while, Breanna Breberg and Maddy Dibble also ran right with them. As the race went on, the girls began to spread out a bit, but not by much. In the final stretch of the race, Melissa Gehl and Sariah Cheadle made a big sprint to the finish, both of which were neck and neck with each other. After going around Samantha Swift from Jackson County Central, Gehl gained a slight edge and took the 13th overall place with a time of 17:57 while Cheadle placed 14th just one second later, 17:58. A small gap was built up between 17th and 18th place and just after that gap, Maddy Dibble came sprinting up towards the finish line. She raced right with Zayna Hustoft from Luverne but was just slightly edged out to take 21st place with a time of 18:29. Breanna Breberg had a comfortable finish as no runner was around her, but she still gave it her all when it came to the finish. She was spotted in the 23rd overall place while she finished with a time of 18:45. Lissette Garza rounded out the Rebels team when she finished her race with a time of 20:18.

Luverne took the team title for the race as they nearly had a perfect score with the first four finishers being from Luverne. As for the Rebels, the scored 100 points in the race with their five placings.

The boys varsity race finished off the MCC Invitational with 45 runners competing in the race. Just like the girls race, the boys ran close with one another for the first couple miles before slowly seperating from each other, but not by much. Just about every one of them had someone they raced against until they got into a comfortable spot and paced to an easy placing down the stretch. Andy Garza led the charge for the Rebels when he finished his day in 9th place with a time of 18:25. Jack Erickson moved up and took the second spot on the team with a time of 18:41. He paced himself to a 11th place finish as well. Clayton Hartle also had some room as he coasted to a 15th place finish and had a time of 19:11. Isaiah Olsem was the only Rebel runner that had some competition down the stretch. In fact, seven runners finished within a 10 second time span of each other where Olsem took a time of 20:53 in the race. Will Gehl finished a short while later with a time of 21:09 while Nathan Beech continues to improve after coming off the injury he had and finished the race with a time of 21:20.

The Rebels scored 83 points in the match which gave them a fourth place finish as a team. Martin County West took the team title for the MCC Invitational with 39 points.

The Rebels will be busy once again as they have meets in Pipestone and travel to Olivia this week.


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