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Rebel Boys 2nd, Girls 3rd at Track and Field Conference Championships

Clarke, Kathman and Schreier Win Individual Titles

MOUNTAIN LAKE -  After battling cold conditions and postponed meets due to weather this spring season, the Rebel Track and Field teams had above average temperatures for the Red Rock Conference Championships in Mountain Lake on Thursday.  While Southwest Minnesota Christian/Edgerton convincingly swept the 2018 team titles, it was the Rebel boys finishing a strong second while the girls from MCC were a comfortable third in the eight team standings.  Justin Clarke, Emily Kathman and Ryanna Schreier all won individual races for MCC while a number of Rebel athletes turned in strong performances on the afternoon.

Clarke, coming off a strong performance just two days earlier at the Trojan relays, was tops in the 1600 meter race with a finish of 5:06.28.  The sophomore was certainly taxed on the day as he also scored a third place finish in the 3200 meter race (11:15.52) and was eighth in the 400 meters (57.45).  Ethan Swanson scored team points in four events on Thursday.  The junior was runner up in the long jump (19-03), third in the triple jump (37-09) and scored a pair of 4th place finishes in the 100 meter (11.66) and 200 meter (24.33) dashes.  Zach Aanenson enjoyed a strong day also as the senior was second in the 300 meter hurdles (44.02), third in the pole vault (9-00) and 4th in the 110 meter hurdles (17.40).  Fellow hurdler Aaron Johnson finished nearly side by side with his teammate in the 300 meter hurdles as the sophomore was a mere .07 seconds behind Aanenson to claim third while he finished two spots ahead of him in the 110 meter hurdles in 16.26 which was good for runner up honors.  In field events, Tyler Winter was a strong second in the high jump at 5-06.  The sophomore scored 7th place in the shot put (37-11) and discus (105-04) events. Kolton Wendorff was 8th in the shot put (37-00) while Brayden Ahlers was 8th in the discus (104-03).  Freshman Maverick Beckmann, coming off an illness that kept him out of the Trojan Relays was 4th in the 3200 meters with a finish of 11:30.22.  The Rebel boys struggled in the relay events on Thursday as their best effort came in the 4x800 relay where they finished in 4th place. 

Schreier and Kathman collected individual wins for the girls team as Schreier, just an eighth grader, won the 300 meter hurdles in a time of 51.62 while Kathman, a senior, closed out her conference career with a victory in the 3200 meters (13:38.57).  Both Schreier and Kathman were also members of the Rebel girls top relay team on Thursday.  The two, along with Kat Katholm and Ashley Overgaauw, were the runner up team in the 4x800 relay event (11:01.75) to open the day.  Katholm, an exchange student, was 6th best in the 400 meters (1:08.96) while Overgaauw was runner up to Kathman in the 3200 meters (13:54.78).  Overgaauw’s twin Amanda scored a 6th place finish in the 1600 meters (6:16.38) and was 8th in the 800 meters at 2:55.94).  Josie Harms was one spot ahead of Overgaauw in the 800 (2:52.48) and one spot behind her in the 1600 (6:16.38) for a pair of 7th place credits.  Anna Mathiowetz collected two top three finishes for the girl’s squad as the junior was runner up in the triple jump at 30-03 and third in the 100 meter hurdles with a finish of 18:16.  Victoria Pierson added a pair of 5th place finishes to the team total as she hit 14-05 in the long jump and crossed the line in 108.78 in the 400 meters.  Senior Erica Gervais was third in the pole vault as she cleared the bar at 7-00.  Other finishers that earned team points for the Rebel girls were Camdyn Kluis (300 meter hurdles and triple jump), Maggie Heezen (discus) Morgan Clarke (high jump), Chelby Kesteloot (200 meters) and Courtney Tutt (discus). 

While “team” is always the focus at the conference meet, Rebel coaches Tim Bobeldyk and Dominick Damm will try to prepare their athletes and advance as many individuals as possible from the sub section meet in Luverne on Thursday the 24th, to the section event in Montevideo on the final day of May.

Boys Team Results

1. SWMNC/Edgerton 147.5

2. MCC 114

3. Ellsworth 102

4. Mt Lake Area 88

5. HLO/Fulda 78.5

6. WWG/RRC 73

7. HBC 49

7. Adrian 49

Girls Team Results

1. SWMNC/Edgerton 182

2. HBC 136,5

3. MCC 104.5

4. HLO/Fulda 85

5. WWG/RRC 72

6. Mt Lake Area 56

7. Adrian 50

8. Ellsworth 2