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Olson, Ely boys top ‘mud’ run at Swain

Keith Vandervort
Posted 10/9/19

DULUTH – Luke Olson’s first-place finish, with a time of 17:38.3, gave Ely’s boys cross country runners the team championship here on Saturday on a sloppy track at the Swain Invitational. Zoe …

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Olson, Ely boys top ‘mud’ run at Swain

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DULUTH – Luke Olson’s first-place finish, with a time of 17:38.3, gave Ely’s boys cross country runners the team championship here on Saturday on a sloppy track at the Swain Invitational. Zoe Devine paced the Ely girls with a time of 22:54.2 for 29th place.

“It was a good running day for us even though times were slower,” said Coach Jayne Dusich. “They worked on placing and did not get too upset over their times. Actually, for both teams, the kids like that type of weather over warm weather but the mud was awful and was getting worse with each race.”

The Ely boys competed in the ninth race. “In all the races, many runners were slipping and sliding and I was grateful nobody was injured.”

The Ely boys varsity team results, with place and time, include: Emmett Faltesek, 13th, 18:47.9; Jasper Johnston, 27th, 19:15.9; and Gabriel Pointer, 38th, 19:30.1, in addition to Olson’s first-place finish.

“Luke had an incredible run, taking the lead right away and keeping it,” Dusich said. “He said he felt good. The boys winning was a surprise as I wasn’t even thinking about it considering there are so many teams from the whole state, and our fifth runner, Ethan, was quite a ways back. But with his good race, and Luke, Emmett, Jasper and Gabriel placing high, it worked out great for us.”

The Ely girls varsity results, with place and time, include: Sydney Durkin, 53rd, 23:36.1; Phoebe Helms, 55th, 23:37.2; and Laura Holmstrom, 125th, 25:52.6.

Ely is set to compete next Tuesday, Oct. 15 at the Proctor Invitational, which is their final competition before the 7A sectional meet, set for noon on Thursday, Oct. 24.

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