Saturday in Missoula the high school cross country season came to a close with the State Meet taking place at the UM golf course.
Runners from all across the Treasure State competed to be crowned state champs. The most impressive performance of the day went to Makena Morley. Not only did the junior from Bigfork win her third straight state title and set a new class 'B' state record, she also set an all-class state record with a time of 16:35.
"I've had a lot better training this year, said Morley. "I was just hoping to break the state record and at least have fun and be relaxed and that definitely worked out. Hopefully I can come out and do it again next year for four."
For the sixth straight year the Bozeman Hawk boys finished first to take home the "AA" team title. Jason Holmes and Hunter May helped push team into first place, Holmes took first in the individual race and May finished third. The Bozeman boys scored a total of 30 points which was more than enough to hold of second place Glacier, the Wolfpack combined for a team total of 99 points.
The Bozeman girls also found themselves sitting at the top claiming the "AA" team title. Caroline Hardin finished third and was followed past the finish line by three of her teammates in a row. The Bozeman girls finished with a total of 28 points, 53 points higher than second place.
In the class "A" girls race Sadi Henderson of Corvallis finished first for the the third consecutive year. Henderson finished with a time of 17:58 and she was followed in by her teammates Isabella Pape and Kaycie Stewart who finished second and third.
In the boy's class "A' race Anthony Schmalz took first place with a time of 15:30. Schmalz helped the Broncs earn first place in team with a total of 48 points.
CLASS 'AA' BOYS
|1. Holmes (Bozeman)||15:13|
|2. Reed (Helena)||15:21|
|3. May (Bozeman)||15:22|
CLASS 'AA' GIRLS
|1. Aragon (Senior)||17:31|
|2. Sterbis (Big Sky)||18:00|
|3. Hardin (Bozeman)||18:01|
|2. Billings Senior||81|
|3. Missoula Hellgate||128|
CLASS 'A' BOYS
|1. Schmalz (Hamilton)||15:30|
|2. Eastwood (Belgrade)||15:35|
|3. Morgan (Laurel)||15:38|
CLASS 'A' GIRLS
|1. Henderson (Corvallis)||17:58|
|2. Pape (Corvallis)||18:11|
|3. Stewart (Corvallis)||18:29|
|3. Billings Central||129|
CLASS 'B' BOYS
|1. Mendoza (Colstrip)||16:17|
|2. Morley (Bigfork)||16:25|
|3. Beck (Red Lodge)||16:26|
|1. Red Lodge||58|
|3. Thompson Falls||221|
CLASS 'B' GIRLS
|1. Morley (Bigfork)||16:35|
|2. Two Moons (St. Labre)||19:09|
|3. Green (Roundup)||19:23|
|2. Loyola Sacred Heart||153|
CLASS 'C' BOYS
|1. Hyatt (Culbertson-Bainville)||16:35|
|2. Bear (Dodson-Whitewater)||17:09|
|3. George (Twin Bridges)||17:15|
|1. Plenty Coups||19|
CLASS 'C' GIRLS
|1. George (Twin Bridges)||19:02|
|2. Henrekin (Seeley)||19:17|
|3. Lang (Darby)||19:29|
|1. Twin Bridges||36|
|3. Winnett-Grass Range-Melstone||44|