The Pirates invited teams to compete in a cross country race at the Polson Fairgrounds on Saturday. The girls took off first with the boys following minutes behind allowing the teams to run the course together. The athletes jumped over hay bales, climbed a set of logs and dug their feet in over a steep hill. A trail of dust followed the runners through the course before they leaped over another set of hay bales to finish.
Malia Seeley of Polson took first place for the girls at 21:02. Ryan Harrop took second with 22:07, and Molly Sitter took fourth with 22:47. Quinn Motichka came in at 23:03, Tessa Nunlist, 24:36; Josey Motichka, 27:03. Mission runners included Shaniya Decker, 28:39, and Tori Peterson, 29:54.
Zach Evertz of Polson was the first local runner, and he came in second at 18:04. Tate Weingart of Mission took forth at 18:38. Polson runners also included Quin Stewart at 18:58, Matt Sitter, 18:59; Warren Wood, 19:25; Thunder Morales, 19:47; Tyler Bledsoe, 20:28; Wyat Benson, 20:37. Mission runners included Wacey McClure, 23:03, and Warren Castor, 25:51.
The Bulldogs traveled to the Great Falls Invitational Meet on Friday. Tate Weingart placed twenty-sixth with a time of 18:57 out of 373 athletes. Wacey McClure had a time of 22:42. Warren Castor finished at 24:17 for his first race of the season. For the girls, Shaniya Decker finished at 28:14.
The Ronan Boys Cross Country team placed ninth at the Great Falls Meet on Friday, which gave them a taste of what the course will be like during the State meet next month. Coach Noelle Decker said the athletes did well despite the 90-degree heat.
Decker added that the teams had little time to recover before they loaded back into the bus and headed to the Frenchtown Invitational Meet at the King Ranch golf course on Saturday.
“I was happy with the way our kids ran on Saturday with most of them posting personal bests,” she said.
At Frenchtown, Ashley McCready finished eighth overall with a time of 21:12. Penni Weyant finished at 22:56. Tashyna Matt came in at 23:42, and Korrie Frisk finished at 27:49.
“The girls really impressed me in how they were able to come back from a hot run on Friday and a long bus ride to not only compete well but also post their best marks of the season,” she said. “I was pleased with their efforts.”
The boys placed third overall at Frenchtown. Jackson Duffey lead the boys with 17:18 followed by Nate Dennis 17:52 and Daniel Koehler at 17:55. Kiry Detwiler came in at 18:28; Andrew Koehler, 19:20; Hunter Peterson, 19:53; Michael Koehler, 20:19; Aden Birdingroud, 20:45; Tyler Joachim, 21:23; Jacob Dresden, 21:40; Terrell Stump, 22:50, and Ezra Johnson, 25:03.
Each week the boys have been improving.
“We are fortunate that our boys are a young team with several freshmen who are learning how to race competitively,” she said.
The teams travel to Thompson Falls on Thursday, which is where the Conference Championships will be held in two weeks.
“Again, this will be a good race to prepare our kids for postseason competition,” she said. “On Saturday, we will travel to Hamilton to compete at the Hamilton Sports Complex.”