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10/6/2012 Email this articlePrint this article 
Northeast junior Nick Anderson takes a deep breath during the Schoolhouse Open earlier this season. Anderson produced his best finish of the year at Monday’s Marquette Invitational, taking sixth in the race with a time of 17:29.
Rebels keep rolling, sweep titles at Marquette meet

By Ross Eberhart
Sports editor

With just over a week remaining until the conference meet, the Northeast cross country team sent one last message to a Big East-dominated field at the Marquette Invitational, Monday afternoon.

Competing along with seven conference teams - including Calamus-Wheatland - on the boys side and six on the girls side, the Rebels swept the team titles.

It was the second-straight championship for the Rebels boys, who put two runners in the top-five and three in the top-10 to finish the meet with 44 points.

The hosting Mohawks were third with 65 points, while Durant produced the individual titlist in Ben Frederichs and took third with 88 points.

Finishing eighth at the meet was Calamus-Wheatland which posted 245 points.

Frederichs' time in the race was 16:25 - 16 seconds ahead of Northeast junior Eli Kaczinski, who paced the Rebels with his second-place finish in 16:41.

Adding a fifth-place finish for the Rebels was senior Connor Soenksen, who cut off a second from his previous season-best with a clocking of 17:26.

Giving the Rebels a huge lift was junior Nick Anderson, who finished just three seconds behind Soenksen to take sixth. Anderson's time of 17:29 was just eight seconds off the career-best he posted at last year's state cross country meet.

Rebel sophomore Hunter Bielenberg added a 14th-place finish in 18:11 and freshman Nick Kennicker wrapped up Northeast's team score by finishing just three spots back in 17th with a clocking of 18:32.

Rounding things out for the Rebels were Jaden and Brendon Butler who finished back-to-back in 25th and 26th with times of 18:50 and 18:51 respectively.

Leading the way for Cal-Wheat in the race was junior David Benischek, who finished 40th overall in the race with a time of 19:54.

Six spots behind Benischek was his senior teammate Spencer Kerr, who took 46th with a time of 20:49.

The next four Warriors finished right in a row. Jonathan Licht led the parade as he took 52nd overall with a time of 21:24.

Behind him was Wyatt Anians, who clocked in at 21:42, while Nick Timmerman was 20 seconds back with a clocking of 22:02 to finish off Cal-Wheat's team score.

Just four seconds back of Timmerman was Joe Lopez, who took 55th overall. Finishing things off for the Warriors was Zach Poell, who posted a time of 24:41 to finish 58th.

The Rebel girls, who were without sophomore Hannah Kilburg, put four of their scoring runners in the top-10 and had six team members cross the finish line before any other team had four.

The result was a team title with 31 points - 19 better than Marquette, who earned runner-up honors.

Durant was third with 95 points, while Bellevue and Preston tied for fourth with 124 points (the Comets won the tiebreaker). Finishing right behind the two tied squads was Cal-Wheat which took sixth with 161 points.

Leading the way for the Rebels was senior Emily Franks, who was the second runner to cross the finish line, doing so in 15:59 (Marquette's Sarah Lampe won the race with a time of 15:47).

Just behind Franks was her Rebel teammate Josye Kaczinski, who finished third overall in the race with a time of 16:04.

Freshman Aleenah Marcucci missed out on her own spot in the top-five by just five seconds as she took sixth with a time of 16:16.

Not too far behind Marcucci was junior Kaitlynn Riley, who gave the Rebels their fourth runner in the top-10 with an eighth-place time of 16:20.

Cal-Wheat sophomore Megan Slattery just missed out on picking up her own top-10 finish as she paced the Warriors with an 11th-place time of 16:49.

A spot behind Slattery was Rebel junior Mariah Casey, who finished off Northeast's team score with a time of 17:14.

Another Rebel, freshman Alyssa Roth, was the next runner to finish after Casey as she took 13th in 17:29, while sophomore Cara Soenksen finished things off for the Rebels with a 22nd-place time of 18:23.

The next Warrior to finish after Slattery was fellow sophomore Kailey Potter, who clocked in at 19:13 to take 29th overall.

Sierra Rodriguez added a finish of 20:01 to take 37th, while Dana Koester finished three spots behind with a clocking of 20:15.

Rounding out Cal-Wheat's team score was junior Jalen Snowbarger, who took 44th overall with a time of 21:29.

The Rebels also put forth strong performances in the two JV races.

On the girls side, Rebel sophomore Haleigh Hughes brought home an individual title as she clocked in at 18:49 - nearly two minutes ahead of everyone else.

In the boys race, Northeast took up six of the top-10 spots and had four runners in the top-five.

Leading the way was sophomore Christian Knutsen, who earned runner-up honors in the race with 19:11, while leading a parade of Rebels across the finish.

Tanner Near was third in the race in a time of 19:38 with Tyler Schoon and Colton Galusha coming in right behind him with matching times of 19:44.

Steven Flesch added a seventh-place finish of 19:45 with Bo Lingle finishing eighth in 19:57 and Blake Dierks 11th in 20:16.

The Rebels also got finishes from Zach Hamilton (18th, 22:16), Gabe Empen (26th, 23:06), Quinten Schroeder (28th, 24:40) and Tanner Dell (39th, 28:20).

Finishing one spot ahead of Dell was Cal-Wheat's Josh Dierickx, who was 38th in a time of 27:35.

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