Cross-country harriers compete well at Mountain West Invite

By: 
Doreen Heintz
Sports Editor

Kai Krumwiede navigates some tough terrain during the Mountain West Invitational in Missoula.                                                               Photo courtesy of Suzie Flentie

The annual Mountain West Invitational Cross-Country Meet, held in Missoula on Saturday, attracted almost 2,000 runners representing 69 teams in the four high school races. Most of the teams were from Montana and Washington.
According to Fergus Coach Suzie Flentie, the Fergus varsity girls finished 40th overall and eighth among the Class A teams, while the Fergus varsity boys finished 25th overall and fourth among the Class A teams.
Finishing first for the Class A boys at the meet were teams from Frenchtown and Corvallis.
“Laurel finished just ahead of us with a combined top five time that was just four seconds faster than our combined top five time,” Flentie said. “The boys were able to come in ahead of Hardin, Belgrade and powerhouse B team Manhattan, who have been beating us pretty consistently. There were 12 Class A team that finished behind our boys.
“Four of our boys ran what we call ‘quality times’ which is 17:15 or better,” added Flentie. “So far this year, Noah (Majerus) hit that goal in the Billings meet. It’s a goal that they really shoot for. They receive five points toward their letter if they hit it. Two of the boys were in the 16s, which is great for this point in the season, but last year at state our top 5 were all in the 16s.”
In the girls’ competition, the best Class A teams were Hardin and Whitefish. The Fergus girls finished eighth, followed by seven Class A teams.
“Several of our runners ran personal best times and almost all of them ran their best times of the season,” said Flentie. “Our girls’ quality time they shoot for is 20:15. None of them have gotten there yet.”
A total of 410 runners competed in the boys’ varsity race. Both Majerus and Drake Hennson ran under 17 minutes. Majerus finished in 100th place with a time of 16:50, followed closely by Henson in 16:57. Freshman Sam Fulbright ran a personal best time of 17:08 and Kai Krumweide finished in 17:14. Danyon Rice rounded out the Golden Eagles team score by finishing 195th, which was the top half of the pack in 17:45. Freshman Ryker Melton was close behind at 17:57. Logan Wiesenbaugh finished in 18:45.
The varsity girls’ race had 359 runners. Ashley Brand led the Golden Eagles finishing in 168th with a time of 21:27. Finishing second for Fergus was Madison Rodgers with a time of 22:12. Junior Lissy Southworth really moved up to finish fourth for FHS in 22:23. Just four seconds behind Southworth was Kaitlyn Lodahl. Ryley Ritchey completed the girls’ team score finishing in 22:38. The other two runners were freshman Emily Smith in 23:00 and Courtney Brand had a time of 23:47.
Following are the placings and times of all the Fergus varsity runners at the Mountain West.
Girls
168. Ashley Brand, 21.27.
217. Madison Rogers, 22.12.
223. Lissy Southworth, 22:23.
231. Kaitlyn Lodahl, 22:27.
236. Ryley Ritchey, 22:38.
252. Emily Smith, 23:00.
277. Courtney Brand, 23:47.
Boys
100. Noah Majerus, 17:08.
113. Drake Henson, 16:57.
132. Sam Fulbright, 17:08.
142. Kai Krumweide, 17:14.
195. Danyon Rice, 17:45.
220. Ryker Melton, 17:57.
289. Logan Wisenbaugh, 18:45.
This Saturday the cross-country teams travel to Havre to compete in the Havre Invitational.
 

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