Fergus girls second, boys third at Havre cross-country meet

Doreen Heintz
Sports Editor

Chance Miller competes in the boys’ varsity race in Havre. Miller finished in 15th place.

Lissy Southworth leads a pack of runners in the girls’ varsity race. Following close behind Southworth is Emily Smith (787). Smith and Southworth led the Fergus girls to a second-place finish at the Havre Invitational.

Photos courtesy of Suzie Flentie

The Fergus girls’ cross-country team finished second to host Havre at the Havre Invitational Cross-Country Meet on Saturday. Havre scored 45 points, with Fergus at 51. Third was Glasgow with 64, followed by Browning 100, Cut Bank 122 and Popular 125. Teams competing in Havre, but with not enough runners to compete as a team were Sunburst, Heart Butte, Frazer, Winnett, Shelby, Malta, Dodson and Rocky Boy.
In the boys’ competition, Fergus finished in third place with a score of 58. Winning the meet was Havre with 49 points, followed in second by Browning with 55. Fourth was Glasgow with 79 points, with Popular (117) and Shelby (176) completing the team scoring.
Leading the Fergus girls’ team was Emily Smith, who was the first Golden Eagle to cross the finish line, in sixth place.
“Emily ran a personal best time of 22:38,” said Fergus Coach Suzie Flentie. “This was faster than she ran last year on the course when it was only three miles instead of a 5-K.”
Ashley Brand was the second Fergus girl to cross the finish line, in eighth place and with a time of 22:53. Courtney Brand finished 10th with a time of 23:02. Other Fergus girls competing in the varsity competition were Lissy Southworth, 21st, 24:00; Sydney Kelsey, 22nd, 24:10; Kacee Gordon, 26th, 24:40; and Taylor Haugen 39th, 27:24.  
Sophomore Sam Fulbright won the boys’ individual title with a time of 17:22.
Sam also ran the 5K course faster than he ran the 3-mile course last year,” said Flentie. “Our two senior varsity boys (Noah Majerus and Alex Wickens) were both sick and didn’t run at the meet. We moved two of our JV runners up to fill the varsity squad. Our top five varsity finishers were all sophomores. It was fun to watch this young team compete well enough to finish third out of 12 teams.”
Those runners were Ryker Melton, eighth, 18:25; Chance Miller, 15th 19:03; Logan Wisenbaugh, 19th, 19:17; and Troy Parsons, 27th, 20:03. Also competing in the varsity race for the Golden Eagles were Warren Pavlovick, 34th, 20:35 and Walker Miller, 40th, 21:17.

Sciuchetti wins junior varsity race
In the junior varsity competition, Scott Sciuchetti was the first runner to cross the finish line. Sciuchetti crossed the finish line in 19:39. According to Flentie, he will now run on the varsity team at the Mountain West Meet in Missoula on Saturday.
Other junior varsity boy runners included Bradley Vaughn, fourth, 20:22; Shawn Dinsmore, 15th, 21:09; Cael Nearhoff, 21st, 22:03; Michael deGuzman, 23rd, 22:06; Jason Kaufman, 28th, 22:48; Andrew Snyder, 32nd 23:10; Sebastian Battrick, 49th, 29:17; and Noah Wentworth, 51st, 32:24.
Ivy Southworth was the top Golden Eagle runner in the girls’ junior varsity race. She finished third overall with a time of 25:17. Southworth will also compete on the varsity team in Missoula on Saturday.
The rest of the Fergus girls’ varsity racers were the following: Ellie Kuhlman, sixth, 27:18; Kat Heiser, seventh, 27:18; Alee Sanders, 13th, 28:42; Emily Plagenz, 14th, 28:44; and Audra Fry, 15th, 29:19.



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