The ABC’s of Western Divisional X-C

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  • Beatrix Frissell of Polson and a Frenchtown athlete lead a pack of runners during the Western A Classic cross country meet last Saturday. Frissell defended her divisional title with a first-place finish. (Jeremy Weber photo/Hungry Horse News)

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    Mission runner Kody Dillard sprints to the finish line past Nate Delaney of Charlo during the Class B-C Western Divisional meet at Thompson Falls. (Erin Jusseaume/Clark Fork Valley Press)

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    Karolyna Buck of Mission earned seventh place among Class B teams at the Western Divisional cross country meet held last Thursday at Thompson Falls. (Erin Jusseaume/Clark Fork Valley Press)

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    Guinevere Contreras of Charlo was the first-place finisher among Class C runners at the Western Divisional meet Thursday at Thompson Falls. Arlee athletes Cheyenne Pablo and Melaia Matt were second and third, respectively. (Erin Jusseaume/Clark Fork Valley Press)

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    Billy Fisher of Arlee finished in first place among Class C runners at the Western Divisional last Saturday in Thompson Falls. Teammates Connor Koenig and Jason Miller were first and second, respectively. (Erin Jusseaume/Clark Fork Valley Press)

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    Cheyenne Pablo of Arlee earned second place among Class C girls in the Western Divisional last Thursday. (Erin Jusseaume/Clark Fork Valley Press)

  • Beatrix Frissell of Polson and a Frenchtown athlete lead a pack of runners during the Western A Classic cross country meet last Saturday. Frissell defended her divisional title with a first-place finish. (Jeremy Weber photo/Hungry Horse News)

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    Mission runner Kody Dillard sprints to the finish line past Nate Delaney of Charlo during the Class B-C Western Divisional meet at Thompson Falls. (Erin Jusseaume/Clark Fork Valley Press)

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    Karolyna Buck of Mission earned seventh place among Class B teams at the Western Divisional cross country meet held last Thursday at Thompson Falls. (Erin Jusseaume/Clark Fork Valley Press)

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    Guinevere Contreras of Charlo was the first-place finisher among Class C runners at the Western Divisional meet Thursday at Thompson Falls. Arlee athletes Cheyenne Pablo and Melaia Matt were second and third, respectively. (Erin Jusseaume/Clark Fork Valley Press)

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    Billy Fisher of Arlee finished in first place among Class C runners at the Western Divisional last Saturday in Thompson Falls. Teammates Connor Koenig and Jason Miller were first and second, respectively. (Erin Jusseaume/Clark Fork Valley Press)

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    Cheyenne Pablo of Arlee earned second place among Class C girls in the Western Divisional last Thursday. (Erin Jusseaume/Clark Fork Valley Press)

Three different classifications from the Mission Valley area competed in their respective Western Divisional cross country meets last weekend. The top 15 runners received all-conference recognition.

BEA-st mode: Frissell preps for title defense as Lady Pirates hope for hardware harvest

At Rebecca Farm in Kalispell for the Western A Classic this past weekend, the Polson Lady Pirate cross country team took home two medals, an individual gold and a team bronze.

Beatrix Frissell, a.k.a. Bea, defended her Western A Divisional title from last season with a solid repeat performance. The race had its share of drama as Frissell was shadowed much of the way by Hamilton’s Brynnli Poulsen. Both turned in sub-19s.

Polson coach Matt Seeley, playing the role of play-by-play commentator, summarized, “After battling side-by-side for almost three miles, Bea showed her incredible strength to surge ahead just before the crest of the final hill.” Frissell shifted gears into what could be identified as her BEA-st mode, a phrase synonymous in some aspects to the rushing mayhem attributed to NFL running back Marshawn Lynch. Only in this case, the play on words is acronymic in pointing out Bea’s sense of strategic timing (st), knowing when to make a move. Frissell will now shift focus to defending her state title this weekend in Missoula at the UM Golf Course.

The Polson girls also got a solid performance from Molly Sitter, who placed 10th among the field, her fourth all-conference finish in as many seasons. Season bests from Gwen Seeley and Halle Heninger put the Lady Pirates in position for a podium perch as they placed third in the team standings. The beast from the east would appear to be the Hardin girls vying for the girls’ team title as their team placed all five of their scoring runners in the top 10 at the Eastern A Divisional.

X-Cellence the NORM: Normandeau paces Ronan Chiefs at Classic

For the boys’ side of the Western A Divisional, two area runners finished among the top tier. Both James Normandeau of Ronan and Mason Sloan of Polson turned in sub-17s for all-conference honors. Ronan’s Brant Heiner and Michael Irvine were within tenths of seconds from making the all-conference list.

Bea Frissell – 2018div:1st,18:44.51; 2017div:1st, 18:36.6.

Molly Sitter – 2018div:10th, 20:35.96; 2017div:9th, 20:15.7; 2016div:5th, 20:23.2; 2015div:7th, 19:58.56.

James Normandeau – 2018div:8th, 16:49.10; 2017div:13th, 17:12.2;

Quin Stewart – 2018div:22nd, 17:46.62; 2017div:11th, 17:06; 2016div:10th, 17:23.8; 2015div:22nd, 17:20.24.

2018 Western A Classic XC

Rebecca Farm, Kalispell

Saturday, Oct. 13

Boys

Team scores

1, Columbia Falls (CF) 39; 2, Frenchtown (Fr) 76; 3, Corvallis (Cor) 78; 4, Hamilton (Ham) 109; 5, Ronan (Ron)

131; 6, Whitefish (Wf) 132; 7, Polson (Pol) 144; 8, Browning 205; 9, Beaverhead County (Dillon) 247; 10, Stevensville 293;

11, Libby 306.

Top 15 Individuals

1, Joe Lamb (CF) 16:26.56; 2, Seth Umbriaco (CF) 16:33.04; 3, Will Flowers (Cor) 16:37.19; 4, Luke Lutz (Fr) 16:39.32; 5, Tyler Schmautz (Fr) 16:40.14; 6, Colter Kirkland (Ham) 16:46.33; 7, James Role (CF) 16:48.55; 8, James Normandeau (Ron) 16:49.10; 9, Mason Sloan (Pol) 16:57.15; 10, Jesse Shaske (Fr) 17:01.77; 11, Brian Healy (Cor) 17:03.66; 12, 11 Miles Vrentas (Wf) 17:09.47; 13, Aidan Jarvis (CF) 17:17.09; 14, Bridger Gaertner (Wf) 17:22.01; 15, James Wissenbach (Cor) 17:25.46.

POLSON – 9, Mason Sloan 16:57.15pr; 22, Quin Stewart 17:46.62; 30, Jonah DuCharme 18:12.80sr; 39, Kellen Norman 18:35.13pr; 44, Andrew Reed 18:54.24sr; 48, Kasen Heninger 18:58.76sr; 58, Makauly Morrison 19:23.83; 13jv, Cade Lanier 19:23.83; 19jv, Sean Stewart 19:54.68; 26jv, Aubrey Frissell 20:27.74; 36jv, David Iliff 21:04.11; 40jv, Ryan Dupuis 21:17.05; 46jv, Xavier Pierre 21:36.72; 51jv, Bridger Smith 22:03.61; 67jv, Jony Perez 23:27.23; 68jv, Daniel Pepion 23:33.22.

RONAN – 8, James Normandeau 16:49.10; 17, Brant Heiner 17:33.64; 19, Michael Irvine 17:39.81; 42, Zarec Couture 18:39.65; 45, Michael Koehler 18:55.69; 55, Christian Silgen 19:11.30; 57, Dillon Omeasoo 19:15.39; 1jv, Isaiah Nasewytewa 18:03.13;

8jv, Wendall Charlo 19:01.26; 30jv, Nicholas Dresen 20:39.24; 33jv, Xavier Nolen 20:49.54; 38jv, Lucas Delaney 21:08.60

Girls

Team Scores

1. Whitefish (Wf) 57; 2, Corvallis (Cor) 82; 3, Polson (Pol) 99; 4, Frenchtown (Fr) 101; 5, Columbia Falls (CF) 106; 6, Beaverhead County (Dil) 107; 7, Hamilton (Ham) 131; 8, Browning 222; 9, Ronan 262.

Top 15 Individuals

1, Beatrix Frissell (Pol) 18:44.51; 2, Brynnli Poulsen (Ham) 18:47.35; 3, Natalie Yocum (Fr, formerly Arlee) 19:39.28; 4, Jessica Henson (Wf) 19:56.50; 5, Ella Greenberg (Wf) 20:00.20; 6, Jade Greenberg (Wf) 20:05.22; 7, Abby Sherwood (Fr) 20:13.66; 8, Katie Gleason (Cor) 20:15.63; 9, Lara Erickson (CF) 20:26.88; 10, Molly Sitter (Pol) 20:35.96; 11, Madalen Shipman (Dil) 20:39.28; 12, Sarah Passey (Ham) 20:45.57; 13, Genevieve Delorme (CF) 20:47.74; 14, Josephine Vardell (Wf) 20:52.98; 15, Kara Wissenbach (Cor) 20:55.02; 25, Claire Bagnell (Fr) 21:41.90.

POLSON – 1, Beatrix Frissell 18:44.51; 10, Molly Sitter 20:35.96; 20, Gwen Seeley 21:22.64pr; 31, Halle Heninger 22:09.36pr; 43, River Shoemake 22:49.46; 57, Julia Reiners 24:41.24; 66, Elisabeth Bjorge 28:57.68.

RONAN – 41, Kaona Trahan 22:48.10; 58, Kinsely Barney 24:52.75; 59, LaNissa Mahkuk 24:58.20; 64, Sunni Whitworth 28:14.49; 67, Megan Griffin 29:13.12.

NOTE: At the Western B Divisional at Thompson Falls, Mission’s Karolyna Buck and Madyson Currie earned all-conference honors with a top-15 finish in the girls’ race. Mission’s Aidyn Rosenbaum was the highest finishing area runner in the boys’ race, turning in a sub-20 for the first time in his prep career.

2018 Western B Divisional

Rivers Bend Golf Course

at Thompson Falls

Thursday, Oct. 11

Boys

Team Totals

Lincoln County (Eureka) 24, Anaconda (Ana) 58, Powell County ( Deer Lodge) 86, Bigfork (Bf) 115, Missoula Loyola 118, Thompson Falls 136

No team scoring — Mission/St. Ignatius

Top 15 Individuals

1, Marik Chrisman (DL) 17:14.4; 2, Garrett Bates (Eur) 17:19.8; 3, Hunter Steele (Eur) 17:41.4; 4, Leroy Wilson (Ana) 17:58.2; 5, Alex Lowe (Eur) 18:01.8; 6, Isaac Reynolds (Eur) 18:03.9; 7, Aidan Thompson (DL) 18:06.4; 8, Gavin Bates (Eur) 18:15.5; 9, Evan Benton (Bf) 18:18.9; 10, Tyler Farmer (Ana) 18:20.3; 11, Wyatt Theard (Ana) 18:33.5; 12, Ryder Hofland (Ana) 18:36.2; 13, Hunter Carvey (Eur) 18:41.2; 14, Gabriel Strader (Loy) 18:52.0; 15, Elliot Sanford (Bf) 18:52.9.

BIGFORK – 9, Evan Benton 18:18.9; 15, Elliot Sanford (Bf) 18:52.9; 17, Ryder Nolan 19:07.1; 35, James Kerr 24:27.7;39 Ben Keller Bigfork 26:32.1.

MISSION – 22, Aidyn Rosenbaum 19:50.2pr; 37, Landry Leishman 24:40.3; 38, Kody Dillard 25:45.8.

Girls

Team Totals

Bigfork 42, Lincoln County (Eureka) 56, Anaconda (Ana) 81, Thompson Falls (FT) 99

No team scoring (<5) — Missoula Loyola, Powell County (Deer Lodge), Mission/St. Ignatius (StI)

Top 15 Individuals

1, Anya Young (Bf) 20:15.4; 2, Mckay Guckenberg (Eur) 20:32.6; 3, Sarah Griffis (Ana) 21:15.4; 4, Alicia Kalenak (Bf) 21:17.4; 5, Josey Neesvig (TF) 21:17.8; 6, Maya Carvey (Eur) 21:26.2; 7, Karolyna Buck (StI) 22:16.1; 8, Scout Jessop (Bf) 22:33.5; 9, Audrey Abbott (Bf) 22:37.2; 10, Rachel Ribeiro (TF) 22:44.3; 11, Cora Pesanti (Ana) 23:06.4; 12, Sabrina Hofland (Ana) 23:15.8; 13, Megan Hanson (Eur) 23:20; 14, Madyson Currie (StI) 23:26.3; 15, Nora Spring (DL) 23:36.2.

BIGFORK – 1, Anya Young 20:15.4; 4, Alicia Kalenak 21:17.4; 8, Scout Jessop 22:33.5; 9, Audrey Abbott 22:37.2; 20, Grace Stewart 24:14.6.

MISSION – 7, Karolyna Buck 22:16.1; 14, Madyson Currie 23:26.3; 25 Yvonne Baty St Ignatius 26:30.0

NOTE: Due to extentuating circumstances, less runners participated in the Western C Divisional than would ordinarily have been the case. Qualified runners will participate in the all classification state cross country meet to be held at the University of Montana Golf Course on Saturday, October 20.

2018 Western C Divisional

River’s Bend Golf Course

at Thompson Falls

Thursday, Oct. 11

Boys

1, Connor Koenig, Charlo, 20:02.90; 2, Jason Miller, Arlee, 20:34.87; 3, Billy Fisher, 20:35.55; 4, Sage Nicolai, Arlee, 20:45.47; 5, R.J. Knoll, Arlee, 222:05.77; 6, Isaac Fisher, Arlee, 23:47.48; 7, Devin Cordier, Arlee, 25:38.82; 8, Nate Delaney, Charlo, 25:47.84.

Girls

1, Guinevere Contreras, Charlo, 23:56.12; 2, Cheyenne Pablo, Arlee, 25:16.84; 3, Melaia Matt Arlee, 29:32.18; 4, Alexia Chalmers, Arlee, 29:48.20; 5, Elaina Wall, Arlee, 31:25.23; 6, Frankie Wright, Arlee, 34:27.14; 7, Ashley Potts, Arlee, 35:45.58; 8, Amelia Lamont, Arlee, 37:43.98.

Unabridged results can be viewed online at < athletic.net > or < competitivetiming.com >.

NOTE: some team scoring tallies may vary depending upon whether less than five (<5) non-team participants were factored out.

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