Fergus finishes third in opening cross-country meet of the season

Doreen Heintz
Sports Editor

Fergus runners (from left)  Ashley Brand, Courtney Brand and Ryley Ritchey compete for the Golden Eagles girls’ varsity team at the Park Invitational.
Photos courtesy of Suzie Flentie

Both the Fergus boys’ and girls’ cross-country team took third place at the Park Invitational Cross-Country Meet held Friday in Livingston. In the girls’ competition, Manhattan was first with 59 points, followed by Belgrade with 82, Fergus with 122 and Dillon with 126. In the boys’ competition, Manhattan Christian finished first with 63 points, followed by Manhattan 78, Fergus 91 and Belgrade 107. A total of 12 teams competed at the opening meet of the season.
Madison Rodgers led the Fergus girls’ team, finishing 13th overall in 21:50. Kaitlyn Lodahl (22:56), Courtney Brand (23:16) and Ashley Brand (23:34) were close behind Rodgers, finishing 21st, 24th and 25th. Siri Pederson rounded out the team scoring for the Golden Eagles finishing 39th (24:49). Other runners on the girls’ team, Ryley Ritchey (24:50) and Lissy Southworth (24:53), finished 40th and 41st.
All-state runner Noah Majerus finished fourth with a time of 17:52 to lead the Fergus boys’ team. Second was senior Kai Krumweide in 11th with a time of 18:30. Freshman Sam Fulbright was the third Golden Eagle to cross the finish line. Fulbright finished in the 13th spot with a time of 18:40. Rounding out the team scoring for Fergus were Danyon Rice (19:03) in 21st and Scott Sciuchetti (20:33) in 42nd.
“Normally we would have seven runners,” said Fergus Coach Suzie Flentie, “but I pulled Drake Henson and Haiden Collins from the race. They were running in our top three when I pulled them as they were having flare-ups of past injuries.”

Fergus JV runners shine
In the junior varsity competition, junior Gracia Butcher, who is new to cross country this year, took second with a time of 24:35.
“Her time would have placed her in fifth place for our varsity runners,” said Flentie. “That will move her up to the varsity this week.”
Taylor Haugen finished ninth, freshman Emily Smith was 11th, followed by Ivy Southworth in 14th and Sydney Kelsey in 18th completed the team scoring for the Golden Eagles. Other Fergus runners were Audra Fry in 19th, Lizzy Mentor in 21st, Melissa Mueller in 24th, Sheanna Larson in 28th, Alee Sanders in 29th, Ade Halter in 30th and Melissa Nelson in 35th.
“In the boys’ junior varsity race, freshmen Ryker Melton Logan Wisenbaugh, Chance Miller an Warren Pavlovick all did a fantastic job by finishing in the top 20,” Flentie said.
Melton won the race in 19:52, and Wisenbaugh was third in 20:20.
“Those times move them up to varsity in our next competition since they would have finished fifth and sixth on the varsity,” added Flentie. “Chance finished 11th and Warren was 18th. Jonathan Chen rounded out our JV team scored by finishing fifth on the team in 21st place.”
Caden Olson, Logan Errecart and Jason Kaufman finished 28th, 32nd and 39th.
“Eight of our runners were unable to compete in the first meet since they didn’t have enough practices in yet,” said Flentie.
Tuesday the cross-country teams travel to Fairmont Hot Springs to compete in the Butte Central Invitational. Look for results from that meet in the Saturday edition of the News-Argus. Friday, Fergus travels to Billings to compete in another invitational.



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