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Ely’s Olson takes first at I-Falls invitational

Keith Vandervort
Posted 10/16/19

INTERNATIONAL FALLS – The Ely boys cross country team took second place here on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at the International Fall Invite behind a first-place finish by Luke Olson. The girls team placed …

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Ely’s Olson takes first at I-Falls invitational

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INTERNATIONAL FALLS – The Ely boys cross country team took second place here on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at the International Fall Invite behind a first-place finish by Luke Olson. The girls team placed fourth, with three runners finishing in the top 12.

Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin was first in the boys competition with 45 points, followed by the Timberwolves with 70 points. Eleven teams competed, with Eveleth-Gilbert (114 points), International Falls (120 points), and Grand Rapids (129 points) rounding out the top five.

Olson posted a time of 17:03.60, 13 seconds ahead of Geno Uhrbom, of Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin. Other strong Ely finishers, with place and time, included: Jasper Johnston, 10th, 18:23.30; Emmett Faltesek, 15th, 18:40.40; Gabriel Pointer, 18th,19:03.80; Ethan Bremner, 26th, 19:53.50; Dylan Fenske, 29th, 20:00.80; Joey Bianco, 34th, 20:11.90; and Harry Simons, 36th, 20:21.20.

Hibbing led in the girls competition with 57 points, followed by Mesabi East (82 points), International Falls (99 points), Ely (104 points) and Greenway/Nashwauk-Kewatin (118 points).

Zoe Devine took eighth place as an individual, with a time of 22:23.40. Other Ely girls finishers, with a strong place and time, included: Sydney Durkin, 11th, 22:47.50; and Phoebe Helms, 12th, 22:51.10.

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