Prep cross-country season off and running
RONAN — A little more than a half dozen prep cross country teams from across Northwestern Montana laced up and found their stride during the Ronan High School Cross Country team’s hosted Canal Bank Run.
Out of the Mission Valley high schools competing in Friday’s afternoon race, the Mission Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs faired the best with both teams taking home third-place in the team standings.
Andrew Rush was the top Bulldog finisher in fourth place with a time of 17:26.70 followed by
Thomas Nuila (18:36.60) in 10th, Robbie Nuila (18:43.57) in 11th and Zoran Lafrombois (19:03.99) in 15th.
Top runner for the Lady Bulldogs, Kooper Page, narrowly finished out of the top 10 in 13th with a time of 24:05.46.
For the host school Ronan, Maiden Olivia Heiner with a time of 21:51.25 minutes finished third.
The Polson Pirates and Lady Pirates placed four runners in the top ten.
Lady Pirate Ashtyn Wagner finished fifth with a time of 22:07.77 followed by Adison Carlson (22:24.02) in seventh and Halle Heninger (22:58.55) in eighth.
With a time of 18:06.00 minutes, Pirate Ryan Dupuis placed seventh.
The next local cross country event will be the Mission Invitational hosted by the Mission High School cross country team on Sept. 14.