Polson hosts Pirate Duals cross-country meet
POLSON — It was a beautiful day at the Polson airport on Saturday with near perfect conditions for the Pirates and Lady Pirates to host their “Pirate Duals” cross-country meet —“the biggest meet in Polson cross-country history,” according to Polson coach Matt Seeley.
Polson took fourth out of eight in both the varsity girls (125) and boys (107) divisions. Lady Pirate Claudia Hewston finished in second overall with a 20:21 time and freshman Isabella Seaman grabbed the nine spot crossing the finish line with a 21:20.
Seeley was impressed with how the Lady Pirates are striving with senior Claudia Hewston setting her eyes on state. “Claudia ran a very tough and smart race to once again validate her status as one of the top runners in the state,” Seeley said.
Coach Seeley also saw improvement in sophomore Ceara Snyder, who ran varsity for the first time. Snyder was the only Pirate to record her best time of the season on the course.
Arlee’s Amelia North rounded out the top 20 girls with 23:24.
Pirate senior Tell Motichka led the boys with an 18:02 placing him 13 out of 48 while sophomore Thunder Morales impressed Seeley by moving up to second on the team.
Charlo Viking Dalton Delaney came in at 18th with a time of 19:07.
Coach Seeley said he’d like to thank all the parents and volunteers that stepped up to make this event special, and on a side note wants to send a nod to Polson Athletic Director Scott Wilson who ran in the open race, and according to the kids, finished with an “impressive” 23:17.
“Overall we achieved our goal of providing a venue with unusual features and race organization that really stands out for all the participants,” Seeley said.
Polson will meet valley teams and runners from around the state at Missoula’s Mountain West Classic Saturday, Sept. 28.