Rebels impressive against top squads

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Last Thursday, the USC/AC boys&8217; and girls&8217; cross country teams competed at the Waseca Invitational, with the Boys team finishing in fourth place of the 10 teams represented.

&8220;That&8217;s more of an accomplishment that it sounds like at first,&8221; USC/AC head coach Kent Viesselman. &8220;We held out our top six runners in both the boys and the girls, because they were to run in Duluth Saturday.&8221;

Eric Klein (14th) and Jonathan Leland (15th) led the Rebels.

&8220;Every boy who ran today, including the three boys who ran in the middle school race,

ran his best time of the season,&8221; Viesselman said.

Daniel Elmer (7th) and Brian Klein (10th) each picked up a ribbon in the boys middle school 1,600-meter run.

The girls, although running as an incomplete team, had some bright spots.

&8220;Abby Trio and Annie Tomschin both ran well, with Abby posting her best time of the season.

Catherine Hood and Kathleen Mueller posted their best times and pick up a ribbon in the middle school 1,600-meter run,&8221; Viesselman said.

Saturday, the team competed at the Swain Invitational in Duluth.

The boys, led by Bryan Hauge, finished

in seventh place among the 38

teams represented.

&8220;Five of the six teams that beat us are rated in the state,&8221; said Viesselman. &8220;This was a good chance for us to run against

some of the better teams in the state on a challenging course. I felt the kids

competed well.&8221;

The girls were led by Amber Erickson, and

finished in 15th place.

&8220;Both the competition and the course were tough,&8221; Viesselman said. &8220;I felt that, in view of our inexperience, the girls responded very well to both.&8221;