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Runners set personal records, look toward State

Polson

WHITEFISH — It was a banner day for Polson Cross-Country on Thursday with season and career best times recorded by nearly every single Pirate runner.

On the boys’ side, Quin Stewart had a breakthrough performance, closing with an amazing 5:16 last mile to move all the way up to second place in 16:38, according to Coach Matt Seeley.

“He has now moved up to the 12th best time on the Montana Class A list for this season so has a legitimate shot at both all-conference and all-state honors in the next two meets,” Seeley said.

Zach Evertz, Matt Sitter and Jonah DuCharme also hit big milestones by going sub-18 for the first time this year, and Coby DeBruin closed out his season with an 18:06.

Freshmen Kasen Heninger and Keegan Brackey broke 19 and surged up to the seventh and eighth spots on the team at the finish line. Once again, the biggest improver was Trevor Sanderson, who dropped another two minutes to 27:04.

“I have been very impressed by the hard workouts in practice the last couple weeks, and it is great to see dividends on the race course for all these kids,” Seeley said.

Bea Frissell led the way again for the girls and set another personal best, while Molly Sitter shattered the 20-minute barrier for the first time. Gwen Seeley and Sierra Garcia chopped more than a minute off their best times, but it was Siera Donovan who had the biggest improvement on the whole team, slicing her personal best by 2 minutes and 15 seconds, crossing the finish at 24:32.

The girls finished second as a team behind Whitefish and just one point ahead of Columbia Falls.

“This means that they are still in the hunt for a topthree trophy at state, but it will take big performances, especially from all the varsity scorers,” Seeley said. “Thursday’s race showed that they are on track to peak at just the right time.”

Polson’s next race is the Western A Fall Classic Conference Championship at Fairmont Hot Springs on Saturday, Oct. 15.

Summary

Girls                    Finish        Drop

Bea Frissell          18:34        -0:19

Molly Sitter          19:27        -0:39

Naima Crowl        20:31        -0:04

Gwen Seeley       20:33         -1:05  

Quinn Motichka    22:21         -0:24

Malia Seeley        22:57         -0:03

Addy Day            23:11         -0:32  

Siera Donovan     24:32         -2:15

Sierra Garcia       24:45          -1:15

Elisabeth Bjorge   25:35         -1:10

Boys                    Finish         Drop        

Quin Stewart        16:38          -0:57  

Zach Evertz          17:27          -0:39

Matt Sitter            17:28          -0:27

Jonah DuCharme   17:56          -0:07

Coby DeBruin        18:06          -0:30

Makauly Morrison   18:08          -0:11

Kedrick Baker        18:22          -0:56

Kasen Heninger      18:52          -1:01

Keegan Brackey     18:54           -1:26

Wyatt Benson        18:58           -0:28

Aubrey Frissell       19:01           -0:15

David Castillo        19:40           -0:44

Zane Benson         20:10           -0:38

Adan Nielsen         21:09           -1:05

Asa Askan             22:38             N/A

Micah Askan          24:22            -0:12

Trevor Sanderson   27:04            -2:06

Ryan Lamphere DNS

Toby Hayes DNS

Daniel Pepion DNS

Ronan

Ronan runners scooted through a shorter 2-mile course Saturday in Frenchtown. Jackson Duffey crossed the line at 10:57 for a fifth-place finish for the boys and Ashley McCready placed second in girls with a 13:10. As the team, the Chiefs placed second behind Frenchtown.

The Chiefs and Maidens head to Thompson Falls on Thursday to compete in the Conference Championships. Boys run at 1 p.m., girls at 1:45 p.m.

Boys team

1, Frenchtown 26;

2, Ronan 57;

3, Loyola Sacred Heart 131;

4, Arlee 213.

Girls team

1, Frenchtown 47;

2, St. Ignatius 79;

3, Stevensville 93;

4, Arlee 161.

St. Ignatius

The Lady Bulldogs’ team took second place at the 2-mile King Ranch run in Frenchtown Saturday. Karolyna Buck placed 12th at 14:34, while Elsa Kylen ran 18th at 15:22. Arlee The Warriors ended up in fourth at the Frenchtown 2-mile run.

No other results reported.

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