Cross-Country Roundup

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RONAN HIGH School runner James Normandeau, races with Frenchtown High School's Tyler Schmautz, and Polson's Mason Sloan during the Ronan Invitational cross country meet Friday afternoon in Ronan. (photo by Bob Gunderson/Lake County Leader)

Most Mission Valley area cross-country runners competed at a pair of Northwest Montana venues this past week, while Polson sent a contingent out of state to Spokane.

At the Mission Invitational in St. Ignatius this last Tuesday, the Ronan boys and Polson girls took top team honors, while the Polson boys placed second. The Ronan Maiden girls and Mission Bulldog boys took third as a team.

In the boys race, Ronan’s James Normandeau held off a furious challenge by Polson’s Mason Sloan to take the top prize, a mere six tenths of a second separating the two sub-17s. In the girls race, Polson freshman Karli Owens turned in a strong second. Other top ten finishers among the boys include Ronan’s Brant Heiner, Zarec Couture along with Michael Irvine, Mission’s Isaiah Nasewytewa as well as Zoran LaFrombois, Two Eagle River’s Anthony Charlo and Polson’s Isaac Stene. Other top ten finishers among the girls include Karolyna Buck of Mission and Polson Lady Pirates Halle Heninger, Gwen Seeley along with River Shoemake.

This past weekend at Rebecca Farm, area runners got a chance to hoof it around the premier equestrian venue as they pushed the pace at the annual Kalispell Invitational. Ronan’s James Normandeau was the top Class A finisher, coming in a close second behind the AA Sentinel winner. Other top twenty finishers included Chief teammates Brant Heiner and Michael Irvine. The best times turned in by Mission Valley girls were by Ronan’s Olivia Heiner and the Charlo tandem of Aryal Love along with Guinevere Contreras.

This past weekend at Spokane, Polson sent a contingent of runners who competed in the Highlander Invitational, an event which draws some of the best in the Northwest. Mason Sloan was the lone top ten finisher in the boys junior race, while Karli Owens came in one entry back of making the top ten in the girls combined race with an eleventh place finish. Polson as a team placed sixth. Owens time would have translated into a fifth place finish among freshmen. Elisabeth Bjorge turned in the most improved time, shaving a minute off her previous best thus far this season and almost two minutes better than the time she posted last season at the 2018 Highlander.

Most area runners will be competing in Thompson Falls this Thursday.

2019 Flathead XC Invite

Rebecca Farm, Kalispell, MT

Saturday, Sept 14

Boys

Team scores:

Sentinel 40; Columbia Falls 66, Glacier 103; Corvallis 105; Hamilton 160; 6, Ronan 167; Browning 216; Flathead 218; Big Sky 242; Havre 274; Parkland Immanuel Christian 302; Whitefish 304; 13, Mission/St. Ignatius 343; Cut Bank 399; Bigfork 418; Stevensville 445; Heart Butte 531; Shelby 538; <5: Arlee, Two Eagle River, et al.

RONAN – 2, James Normandeau 16:43.35; 11, Brant Heiner 17:33.95; 20, Michael Irvine 17:59.72; 50, Zarec Couture 18:59.15; 89, Wendall Charlo 20:30.10; 91, Christian Silgen 20:43.61; 97jv, Xavier Nolen 21:54.00; 147jv, Xander Nolen 24:43.05; 165jv, Brett Myers 26:15.92; 176jv, Ridge Barney 28:15.20;

MISSION/ST. IGNATIUS – 39, Zoran LaFrombois 18:31.09; 48, Isaiah Nasewytewa 18:54.19; 75, Andrew Rush 19:45.69; 88, Aidyn Rosenbaum 20:28.81; 108, Roman Gonzalez 21:56.99; 110, Erich Morigeau 22:32.94; 112, Leo Peirce 22:44.58; 138jv, Landry Leishman 23:46.28; 149jv, Kody Dillard 24:48.23

ARLEE – 62, Billy Fisher 19:20.13; 114, RJ Knoll 22:53.23; 123, Denny Sween 25:03.93; 125, Devin Cordier 25:21.15;

TWO EAGLE RIVER – 73, Anthony Charlo 19:40.93; 120, William Hameline 24:21.45; 127, Shade Tanner 26:43.84; 130, Elias Adams 37:35.55; 82jv, Cailan Burke 21:24.12; 93jv, Nate Gate 21:44.08; 164jv, Cael Burke 26:15.06; 178jv, Eli VanMeter 31:36.71.

Girls

Team scores (varsity):

Sentinel 49; Flathead 52; Corvallis 109; Whitefish 121, Columbia Falls 135, Glacier 178; Big Sky 191; Hamilton 199; Parkland Immanuel Christian 251; Havre 261; Browning 278; Thompson Falls 319; 13, Ronan 338; Cutbank 392; <5: Charlo, Arlee, Mission, TwoEagleRiver, et.al.

CHARLO – 66, Aryal Love 24:08.11; 68, Guinevere Contreras 24:26.92.

RONAN – 59, Olivia Heiner 23:58.30; 70, Kaona Trahan 24:28.55; 72, Brogan Youngren 24:39.59; 77, LaNissa Mahkuk 25:07.20; 90, Kinsley Barney 26:31.67; 89jv, Megan RedStar 33:02.62

ARLEE – 78, Cheyenne Pablo 25:07.28; 107, Natallyia Martin 33:20.21; 110, Aubrey Ishler 37:17.68.

MISSION/ST. IGNATIUS – 92, Emmy Flatlip 26:33.52.

TWO EAGLE RIVER – 91jv, Viviana AfterBuffalo-Adams 36:09.45; 96jv, Patience AfterBuffalo-Adams 47:56.03; 97jv, Monique Grant 48:46.76.

Expanded results featured among media coverage. Unabridged results can be viewed online at < competitivetiming.com > or < athletic.net >.

2019 Highlander Invite

Shadle Park, Spokane, WA

Friday-Saturday, Sept 13-14

Girls Combined (JV) Race (236 entries)

team scores: 6, Polson 107

Individuals

11, Karli Owens, Polson, 16:59.11; 27, Gwen Seeley, Polson, 17:47.17; 28, Halle Heninger, Polson, 17:47.50; 43, River Shoemake, Polson, 18:29.09; 90, Ashtyn Wagner, Polson, 19:41.79; 107, Julia Reiners, Polson, 20:04.20; 136, Paige Mergenthaler, Polson, 21:06.53; 167, Elisabeth Bjorge, Polson, 22:17.86.

Freshman Boys (225 entries)

65, Drifter Skillicorn, Polson, 16:02.40

Sophomore boys (223 entries)

50, Ryan Dupuis, Polson, 15:03.50;

58, Kellen Norman, Polson, 15:14.49.

Junior boys (212 entries)

8, Mason Sloan, Polson, 13:29.21;

114, Sean Stewart, Polson, 16:14.71.

Senior boys (176 entries)

64, Isaac Stene, Polson, 15:01.53;

65, Kasen Heninger, Polson 15:01.99;

112, Andrew Reed, Polson, 16:18.80.

2019 Mission Invitational

St. Ignatius, MT

Tuesday, September 10

Girls

Team Results:

1, Polson 42; 2, Thompson Falls 78; 3, Ronan 92; 4, Arlee (Arl) 131; <5: Charlo (Cha), Seeley Swan (SS), St. Ignatius (StI), Two Eagle River (TER), Darby.

Top 20 individuals

1, Josey Neesvig (TF) 21:12.54; 2, Karli Owens (Pol) 21:29.72; 3, Hannah Ayers (SS) 21:56.00; 4, Karolyna Buck (StI) 22:13.82; 5, Kyla Conley (SS) 22:30.00; 6, Gracie Lang (Darby) 22:32.72; 7, Halle Heninger (Pol) 22:55.56; 8, Gwen Seeley (Pol) 22:55.62; 9. River Shoemake (Pol) 23:06.57; 10, Sierra Hanks (TF) 23:37.57; 11, Cedar Hunt (StI) 23:39.57; 12, Guinevere Contreras (Cha) 24:21.72; 13, Olivia Heiner (Ron) 24:36.77; 14, Cheyenne Pablo (Arl) 24:48.88; 15, Brogen Youngren (Ron) 24:51.73; 16, Ashtyn Wagner (Pol) 24:56.40; 17, Kaona Trahan (Ron) 25:04.24; 18, Princess Bolen (Arl) 25:19.13; 19, Megan Baxter (TF) 25:40.80; 20, Aryal Love (Cha) 25:44.38

POLSON – 2, Karli Owens 21:29.72; 7, Halle Heninger 22:55.56; 8, Gwen Seeley 22:55.62; 9, River Shoemake 23:06.57; 16, Ashtyn Wagner 24:56.40; 25, Nina Barfoot 26:24.17; 26, Paige Mergenthaler 26:28.52; 29, Elisabeth Bjorge 30:07.14.

RONAN – 13, Olivia Heiner 24:36.77; 15, Brogen Youngren 24:51.73; 17, Kaona Trahan 25:04.24; 23, LaNissa Mahkuk 26:04.06; 24, Kinsley Barney 26:18.93; 28, Kieauna DeRoche 28:37.87; 32, Megan Red Star 32:21.90.

ARLEE – 14, Cheyenne Pablo 24:48.88; 18, Princess Bolen 25:19.13; 30, Natallyia Martin 30:22.86; 35, Elaina Wall 33:00.24; 37, Aubrey Ishler 34:38.08.

CHARLO – 12, Guinevere Contreras 24:21.72; 20, Aryal Love 25:44.38; 39, Leah Maxfield 41:33.81.

MISSION/ST.IGNATIUS – 4, Karolyna Buck 22:13.82; 11, Cedar Hunt 23:39.57.

TWO EAGLE RIVER – 34, Viviana After Buffalo-Adams 32:59.76; 38, Patience After Buffalo-Adams 41:03.63.

Boys

Team results

1, Ronan 33; 2, Polson 53; 3, St. Ignatius 65; 4, Thompson Falls 114; <5: Arlee, Hot Springs, Seeley Swan, Two Eagle River (TER), Darby.

Top 20 individuals

1, James Normandeau (Ron) 16:43.09; 2, Mason Sloan (Pol) 16:49.11; 3, Brant Heiner (Ron) 17:09.21; 4, Justin Morgan (TF) 18:09.06; 5, Zarec Couture (Ron) 18:25.87; 6, Michael Irvine (Ron) 18:30.87; 7, Isaiah Nasewytewa (StI) 18:36.56; 8, Zoran LaFrombois (StI) 18:43.24; 9, Anthony Charlo (TER) 18:56.28; 10, Isaac Stene Polson 19:06.28; 11, Kellen Norman Polson 19:08.53; 12, Andrew Rush St Ignatius 19:09.87; 13, Billy Fisher Arlee 19:10.82; 14, Ryan Dupuis Polson 19:25.02; 15, Aidyn Rosenbaum St Ignatius 19:35.70; 16, David Iliff Polson 19:36.68; 17 Jack Green Thompson Falls 19:38.89; 18, Christian Silgen Ronan 19:43.41; 19, Kasen Heninger Polson 20:00.19; 20, Wendall Charlo Ronan 20:17.84.

RONAN – 1, James Normandeau 16:43.09; 3, Brant Heiner 17:09.21; 5, Zarec Couture 18:25.87; 6, Michael Irvine 18:30.87; 18, Christian Silgen 19:43.41; 20, Wendall Charlo 20:17.84; 27, Xavier Nolen 22:26.94; 37, Nicholas Dresen 23:52.97; 43, Brett Myers 26:30.81; 44, Xander Nolen; 27:47.09; 49, Ridge Barney 30:24.15.

POLSON – 2, Mason Sloan 16:49.11; 10, Isaac Stene 19:06.28; 11, Kellen Norman 19:08.53; 14, Ryan Dupuis 19:25.02; 16, David Iliff 19:36.68; 19, Kasen Heninger 20:00.19; 21, Sean Stewart 20:20.29; 22, Xavier Pierre 20:25.00; 23, Drifter Skillicorn 20:27.76; 24, Noah Roberts 20:43.28; 25, Owen McElwee 21:08.68; 27, Connor Lanier 21:21.53; 28, David Bjorge 21:27.36.

MISSION/ST.IGNATIUS – 7, Isaiah Nasewytewa 18:36.56; 8, Zoran LaFrombois 18:43.24; 12, Andrew Rush 19:09.87; 15, Aidyn Rosenbaum 19:35.70; 29, Roman Gonzalez 21:32.45; 32, Leo Peirce 22:22.94; 35, Erich Morigeau 23:14.80.

ARLEE – 13, Billy Fisher 19:10.82; 31, R.J. Knoll 22:02.14; 36, Denny Sween 23:23.39; 41, Devin Cordier 25:06.06.

TWO EAGLE RIVER – 9, Anthony Charlo 18:56.28; 46, Daylen Lozeau 29:05.22; 47, Makeelin Glass 29:20.25; 50, Elias Adams 37:22.34. (Tu10Sep19)

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