Rebels boys, girls both second at home invite

Northeast juniors Nathan Ketelsen (left) and Thomas Machande run together early during Thursday’s Northeast Invitational. Both Rebels earned spots in the top 15 on their home course — Ketelsen finished 10th overall in 19:03, while Machande was 13th with his clocking of 19:26 — to help Northeast finish second for a second straight meet.

GOOSE LAKE — Just two days after earning runner-up honors at the Tipton Invitational, the Northeast boys cross country team finished second again.

And this time, they had company.

Hosting their own seven-team cross country meet Thursday, both Rebels squads came up with second-place team finishes.

And the seconds did not just stop in the team standings.

Northeast freshman Cenady Soenksen was the runner-up individual finisher in the girls race with her clocking of 21:35 (Marquette Catholic senior Halle Kilburg won the race in 20:58).

A half hour later, Rebels senior Andrew Hilgendorf took second in the boys race, running a season-best 17:15.

Hilgendorf was the first of five Rebels to finish in the top 20.

Junior Nathan Ketelsen was the 10th runner across the finish line with his clocking of 19:03, while fellow junior Thomas Machande finished just outside of the top 10 with a 13th-place time of 19:26.

Junior Joe Hasken was five spots behind Machande in 18th with his time of 20:00. That was nine seconds ahead of teammate Jace Rathje, who was two spots back in 20th.

With all five of its scoring runners in the top 20, Northeast finished second to North Scott with 63 points.

Freshman Daniel Rowland was right behind Rathje with a 21st-place time of 20:15, while senior Chad Williams was close behind with his time of 20:26.

Jarrod Berggren added a 25th-place clocking of 21:59 for the Rebels and Riley Anderson was 27th in 22:16. Zebediah Cox (29th in 22:47), Talib Bird (33rd in 24:50), Garrett Lamp (35th in 25:58) and Alex Everson (37th in 27:08) also ran for the Rebels.

Soenksen, who was third at Tipton, was one of three Northeast freshmen to finish in the top 12.

Grace Ketelsen rounded out the race’s top 10 with her time of 23:24, while Faith Ketelsen took 12th in 23:57.

Sophomores Annika Regenwether and Emi Feller and freshman Natalie Krogman finished back-to-back-to-back. Regenwether clocked in at 27:17 to finish 30th with Feller adding a time of 27:33 and Krogman, 28:07.

Junior Emma Ketelsen wrapped up the Rebels’ day, finishing 43rd in 37:22.

Northeast topped Prince of Peace by nine points (73-82) for second behind North Scott. The Lancers had a whopping seven runners in the top 10.