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Local cross country teams hit the ground running this week, with Polson athletes traveling to the Highlander Invitational in Spokane and teams from Arlee, Charlo, Mission and Ronan competing at the Ronan Invitational.

 

Polson

SPOKANE — Polson’s girls won the Highlander Invitational team title for the third straight year behind sophomore runner Malia Seeley’s first-place finish in the 2.5-mile combined race. She clocked in at 16 minutes, 50 seconds. Teammate Ryan Harrop, also a sophomore, finished sixth in that race, and freshman Molly Sitter was 11th.

“I was very impressed with how well the girls started off at a smart pace and then moved up into the top 20 in the last mile of the 2.5-mile course,” coach Matt Seeley said. “The most improved runner for the girls was senior Natalee Wheeler, who dropped 12 seconds from her time on the same course last year.” 

The meet was the first of the season for Polson after the Sept. 4 Cut Bank Time Trials were cancelled due to weather. The Pirate and Lady Pirate runners will compete at the Mountain West Classic in Missoula on Saturday.

Highlander Invitational results

2.5 Mile Girls Combined

1, Polson 74; 2, Mt Spokane 97; 3, Medical Lake 136; 4, A.C. Davis 162; 5, Chelan 174; 6, West Valley-Spokane 175; 7, Joel Ferris 187; 8, NW Christian-Colbert 198; 9, Colville 203; 10, Mead 244; Walla Walla 285; 12, Richland 322; 13, North Central 336; 14, Reardan 352; 15, Gonzaga Prep    365; 16, Shadle Park 390; 17, East Valley-Spokane    445; 18, Eastmont 454.

Polson Girls Individual Results

1, Malia Seeley 16:50.00

6, Ryan Harrop 17:37.20

11, Molly Sitter    17:47.70

19, Quinn Motichka 18:06.80

51, Tessa Nunlist 19:29.40   

68, Natalie Wheeler 20:03.30

78, Josey Motichka 20:27.70   

128, Sarah Wood 22:31.00

2.5 Mile Senior Boys

46, Thunder Morales 15:25.70

52, Warren Wood 15:41.50   

2.5 Mile Junior Boys

56, Matt Sitter    15:39.80

66, Tyler Bledsoe 16:05.20   

69, Wyatt Benson 16:11.80  

.5 Mile Sophomore Boys

24, Zach Evertz 14:41.10   

 

Ronan Invitational

RONAN — Runners from Arlee, Charlo, Mission and host Ronan tested their mettle against cross country teams of all levels from all over Northwest Montana on Thursday at the annual Ronan Invitational, where Class A powerhouse Corvallis easily swept the boys’ and girls’ events. Ronan’s boys placed highest among local schools, coming in eighth in the team standings, while the Maidens placed seventh.

Top individual runners were Ronan’s Jackson Duffey in 14th place and Mission’s Tate Weingart in 15th. Ronan also placed Ashley McCready in 14th for the girls, while Charlo’s Jaden Koston was 15th.

 

Ronan Invitational at Mission Mountain Golf Course

Boys

Team scores – Corvallis 33, Frenchtown 80, Hamilton 116, Thompson Falls 133, Whitefish 176, Eureka 182, Columbia Falls 183, Ronan 220, Loyola 274, Stevensville 316, Darby 394, Libby 411, Arlee 447, Charlo 450, Polson 544, Deer Lodge NS, Plains NS, Seeley NS, St. Ignatius NS.

Top 15 Individuals

1, Ronald Venema, Cor, 15:50.01; 2, Cameron Miekle, Ham, 16:03.26; 3, Wanner Sage, Col, 16:20.31; 4, Hunter Casey, Stevensville, 16:24.28; 5. Joshua Jessop, Corvallis, 16:26.90; 6, Carson Jessop, Cor, 16:34.40; 7, Matt Wilson, Ham, 16:42.54; 8, Jaiden Row, Fre, 16:43.45; 9, Brock Rugg, Fre, 16:45.00; 10, Joel Hass, Cor, 16:55.81; 11, Spencer Jessop, Cor, 16:57.34; 12, Andrew Jessop, Cor, 17:00.67; 13, Evan Duggan, Dar, 17:01.54; 14, Jackson Duffey, Ron, 17:17.96; 15, Tate Weingart, SI, 17:22.09.

 

Girls

Team scores – Corvallis 36, Whitefish 107, Eureka 147, Columbia Falls 150, Hamilton 155, Stevensville 202, Ronan 251, Libby 265, Deer Lodge 297, Charlo 311, Frenchtown 323, Loyola 416.

Top 15 individuals

1, Jaycie Schmalz, Ham, 19:24.40; 2; Kimberly Earhart, Pla, 19:24.81; 3, Barrett Gray, Whi, 19:52.05; 4, Albany Jessop, Cor, 19:57.27; 5, Mary Royce, Cor, 19:57.83; 6, Lily Lang, Dar, 20:30.50; 7, Lynn Reynoso, Cor, 20:48.47; 8, Keelie O'Brien, Ham, 20:55.77; 9, Sydnee McClendan, Cor, 21:12.82; 10, Lizzy Mattson, Fre, 21:13.95; 11, Rachel Wissenbach, Cor, 21:30.84; 12, Elizabeth Brown, Ste, 21:32.51; 13, Genieve Delorme, CF, 21:36.29; 14, Ashley McCready, Ron, 21:37.29; 15, Jaden Koston, Cha, 21:40.84.

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