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Hewston places 5th at State cross-country meet

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MISSOULA — The Pirate and Lady Pirate runners have had a great year, no doubt. The Lady Pirates put up two first team, first place wins at the Hamilton Invitational and in Spokane. The Pirates have worked hard, improving times across the board. 

With Coach Matt Seeley “running” the show, the Lady Pirates dominated in their season’s meets. With top seniors and exploding freshman, the Lady Pirates took home a few medals and placed sixth in State with an overall team score of 183.

Senior Claudia Hewston is a big part of the Lady Pirates’ success. Hewston nabbed her fair share of top-five finishes and earned both All Conference and All State honors. According to Seeley, Hewston is “the best Polson has ever had.” 

“She started the season breaking her time trial record and continued it throughout the season,” Seeley said about his star runner. “She’s mature and puts in hard effort.”

Hewston finished her final cross-country season with a 19:24 time to take the fifth spot at State. She has been named All State all four of her high school seasons.

The Lady Pirates will have fire next season with freshman power moving up. Isabella Seemann has been leading the frosh pack with some impressive times all season. “We have a bright future,” Seeley said. 

Seemann, the only other Lady Pirate to finish top 25, came in 24th with a time of 20:37.

In the boys’ department, the Pirates didn’t quite grab the high place finishes as they had hoped, but Seeley is impressed with his team. At State, the boys’ team finished 17th with a score of 430. “They did pretty well,” he said. “They’ve improved their times throughout the season.”

Many of Seeley’s Pirates are first year varsity presenting a bit of a challenge for the young team. “It was overall a new team,” Seeley said. “Next season will be stronger.”

Senior Tel Motichka was the fastest Polson runner, finishing 36th with a time of 17:22.

One thing that impressed Seeley about his Pirates was the ability they have to run together and work as a team. “They pushed each other,” he said. “Not all cross-country teams have the ability to do that. They did a great job.”


Individual results


Claudia Hewston519:24

Isabella Seemann2320:36

Tegan Bauer4121:26

Anna Young5521:46

Hallie Hovenkotter5921:54

Amanda Stobie6122:01

Hannah Madsen8522:48


Tel Motichka3617:22

Warren Wood8818:22

Thunder Morales9518:32

Chris McDonald10218:44

Cade Howlett10919:02

Matt Sitter11519:28

Quaid Harlan11719:32







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