Fergus boys bring home third-place hardware

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Doreen Heintz
Sports Editor

Members of the Class A State Boys’ third-place cross-country team at this year’s meet are (from left) Logan Wisenbaugh, Drake Henson, Danyon Rice, Noah Majerus, Kai Krumwiede, Ryker Melton and Sam Fulbright.
Photo courtesy of Suzie Flentie

With all-state runners Noah Majerus and Sam Fulbright leading the way, the Fergus boys’ cross-country team brought home another trophy from the Class A State Championships. This year the Golden Eagles placed third in the Class A boys’ competition, after finishing second in 2015. Majerus, a junior, finished sixth overall with a personal best time of 16:08.57, 23 seconds faster than his time at the Central A Divisional Meet. Fulbright, only a freshman, also earned all-state honors by finishing in 14th place with a personal best time of 16:19.81. Fulbright had the fastest time for a freshman in Class A and took 34 seconds off his divisional time. Both athletes were awarded medals by finishing in the top 15 at state (all-state).
The third Fergus runner to cross the finish line at the 3-mile course at Rebekah Farm in Kalispell was senior Drake Henson. Henson was the 22nd runner to cross the finish line in the Class A boys’ competition. His time was 16:38.12, four seconds faster than his divisional time. Senior teammate Kai Krumweide was the next Golden Eagle to cross the finish line. Krumweide finished in 24th place with a personal best time of 16:43.18. That time was 18 seconds faster than his divisional time. Freshman Ryker Melton completed the scoring for the Fergus squad. Melton’s time of 17:04.59 was the third fastest freshman time in the boys’ competition. He finished 36th overall and ran 12 seconds faster than his divisional time.
Senior Danyon Rice and freshman Logan Wisenbaugh also ran for the Fergus varsity at state. Rice finished 41st with a time of 17:16.51 (19 seconds faster than his divisional time), and Wisenbaugh crossed the finish line in 59th place in 17:47.48 (20 seconds faster than his divisional time).
Taking first in the Class A boys’ competition was Frenchtown-Alberton with 66 points. Corvallis followed in second with 72 points, and Fergus was third with 102. Laurel finished fourth with 146 points, followed by Belgrade with 148 points in fifth.
The top individual runner in Class A was Corvallis’s Carson Jessop. Second was Belgrade’s Sawyer Degan, followed by Frenchtown-Alberton’s Jaiden Rowe, Hamilton’s Matt Wilson and Belgrade’s Jacob Grinwis. Wilson and Majerus were the only two underclassmen to finish in the top six. The other four runners are seniors.

Fergus girls finish ninth
The Fergus girls’ cross-country team also had a strong showing at the state meet by finishing ninth in Class A.
“The girls were fourth overall at the Central A Divisional Meet last week but moved up to second in our division at state,” said Fergus Coach Suzie Flentie. “The only Central A team to beat them at state was Belgrade with 198 points and in sixth place.”
Winning the Class A girls’ title was Hardin with 91 points. Six points behind Hardin was Whitefish in second. Third was Corvallis with 115 points, followed by Columbia Falls in fourth (138), Polson in fifth (152), Belgrade, Hamilton in seventh (222), Dillon in eighth (251) and Fergus ninth with 272 points.
Leading the way for the Golden Eagles was sophomore Ashley Brand. Brand crossed the finish line in 41st place with a time of 21:00.72. This was Brand’s personal best time and was 20 seconds faster than her divisional time. Running in her first varsity race of the season was freshman Sydney Kelsey. Kelsey ran an impressive time of 21:16, 10 seconds faster than her divisional time and 49th in Class A. Senior Kaitlyn Lodahl was the 53rd girl to cross the finish line in Class A. Lodahl’s time of 21:24.65. The next Golden Eagle to finish was freshman Emily Smith, who shaved 37 seconds off her best time to place 60th in 21:39.16. Senior Madison Rodgers completed the team scoring for the Golden Eagles. Rodgers finished in 69th place with a time of 21:54.13.
The other two Fergus runners were juniors Ivy Southworth and Courtney Brand. Southworth ran a personal best time of 22:51 to finish 93rd, while Brand finished 100th in 23:36.71.
Although the Golden Eagles will lose several seniors from this year’s squad, the future continues to look bright with many of the varsity runners returning. A strong junior varsity squad for both boys and girls also return for Fergus.
 

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