At the Thompson Falls Invite on Thursday, Ronan boys finished second behind Frenchtown, Polson landed seventh and Arlee clocked in at 12th. Although Charlo, St. Ignatius and Two Eagle River did not have five runners to complete a team, each school had runners that finished.
Polson Lady Pirates landed in second for the girls, with Arlee taking sixth and Mission eighth. Charlo had four runners and Ronan had three.
Ronan The Ronan boys’ took second place out of 12 teams, finishing only behind Frenchtown at the Thompson Falls Invitational cross-country meet Thursday. Jackson Duffey led the Chiefs, placing first at 16:41 with teammate James Normandeau (17:55) coming in 11th overall. Nate Dennis (18:18), Daniel Koehler (18:21) and Kiry Detwiler (19:00) rounded out the top five. Caden Rhine set a PR at 19:28.
“Although times were not as fast at this meet, across the board for all runners, we ran well as a team,” Coach Noelle Decker said.
Caden Rhine set a PR at 19:28.
The Chiefs also fielded a full junior varsity boys team, and they placed third.
On the girls’ side, Ashley McCready placed 11th overall and teammate Penni Weyant was 38th out of nearly 80 runners. Julia Makovich rounded out the Maidens team.
On Saturday, the Chiefs and Maidens traveled to Hamilton. The Chiefs placed third as a team with James Normandeau seventh, Daniel Koehler 11th, Nate Dennis 13th and Kiry Detwiler 15th.
Ashley McCready placed fifth for the girls and Denni Wyant placed 14th.
“Our kids ran well again, with back-to-back meets. I was pleased with how they recovered and our times, for the most part, were actually a bit faster than Thursday,” Decker said.
THOMPSON FALLS — The Mission Bulldogs varsity and junior varsity cross-country team sprinted to 10 personal bests at the Thompson Falls Invitational on Thursday.
Troy Matt placed 16th in the varsity boys’ race with a PR of 18:08.
“(It was an) excellent day for our cross-country team in Thompson Falls,” Coach Chris Eichert said. “Each meet my kids are improving and doing their very best. I am extremely proud of all my athletes.”
Matt bested his Thursday time on Saturday in Hamilton for a new PR of 17:55, and Wacey McClure clocked 21:15.
Karolyna Buck placed 13th for the girls’ varsity with a time of 22.45, with Yvonne Baty on her heels, dashing her old time at 24:01 and placing 17th overall.
All the middle school runners ran their fastest times at Hamilton.
“I am amazed every time I see my middle school and high school (students) run and how much effort these kids give at every single meet,” Eichert said. “They are an extremely competitive group of kids and also very, very supportive of each other. They all congratulate each other after every race and it is awesome to see.”
1.12 Jackson Duffey, 16:41.61 Ronan
11.9 James Normandeau, 17:55.08 Ronan 1
6.9 Troy Matt, 18:08.90 PR St Ignatius
17.10 Quin Stewart, 18:09.56 Polson
19.11 Nathan Dennis, 18:18.23 Ronan
20.12 Daniel Koehler,18:21.79 SR Ronan
25.10 Wills Degrandpre, 18:42.05 Charlo
36.11 Kiry Detwiler 19:00.06 Ronan
38.12 Matt Sitter, 19:01.29 Polson
45.11 Zach Evertz, 19:28.24 SR Polson
46.9 Kedrick Baker,19:28.26 PR Polson
47.9 Caden Rhine, 19:28.36 PR Ronan
52.10 Makauly Morrison, 19:35.93 Polson
53.10 Jonah DuCharme,19:36.25 Polson
55.10 Connor Koenig, 19:51.80 Charlo
60.11 Chasen Curley, 20:15.47 PR Two Eagle River
62.11 Devon Siech, 20:19.70 Charlo
64.12 Wyatt Benson, 20:23.91 Polson
65.10 Aden Birdinground, 20:29.26 Ronan
68.12 Ivory Brien, 20:47.19 Arlee 71.10
Jason Miller, 21:06.56 Arlee
72.10 Wacey McClure, 21:06.62 St Ignatius
76.11Cordell Schaak, 21:43.30 PR Two Eagle River
79.9 Madiah Morin, 22:09.19 Arlee
81.10James Crazyboy, 22:16.01 Arlee
87.10 Brendan Ryan, 22:56.50 PR Arlee
92.10N ate Delaney, 23:59.71 Charlo
94.11Tristan George, 25:03.33 PR Two Eagle River
96.9 Francois Pepion, 25:55.06 Arlee
*Girls results not received