CUT BANK — Bigfork’s Makena Morley ran away from the girls pack and the Glacier teams dominated at the Mike Reynolds Cross Country Time Trials on Friday.
Morley, who didn’t run the course last year, finished in 17 minutes, 20 seconds to win the girls race by more than two minutes, dodging some extreme weather that kicked in at the tail end of the run.
Hailstorms and lightning swept through the area minutes after the race was completed, leaving a few runners to slog through the preceding rain. For a wet course, times were on par with what should be expected at the beginning of the season.
Glacier’s Bailey Smith (19:37) and Corinne Hamilton (19:56) finished in second and third, respectively. They led a pack of Glacier runners that all finished in the top 10. Mercede Erickson (20:31) finished in seventh and Jessica Chery (20:44) and Miranda Champion (20:58) were ninth and 10th, respectively.
Columbia Falls’ Samantha Mundel finished fourth in 20:04. Polson had four runners in the top 15, led by Claudia Hewston in sixth at 20:22.
Flathead’s Mackenzie Bauma finished 11th at 21:00 to lead the Bravettes.
Glacier’s boys went 1-2 in the other race, with Kade McCutcheon edging teammate Logan Harmon at the line to win it. McCutcheon finished in 16:26.08 to Harmon’s 16:26.39.
Like the girls, the Wolfpack runners all finished near the front, taking five of the top eight spots. Roben Castren finished fifth in 16:42, Nathan Connell finished seventh in 17:01 and Noah Hill finished eighth in 17:05.
“It was our best meet ever so far,” Glacier coach Mike McLean said. “We’re really happy and are gonna keep working hard.”
Bigfork’s Logan Morley finished third, 12 seconds behind the leaders in 16:38. Polson’s Tel Motichka finished 11th in 17:30.
Flathead’s Sylas Schutt finished sixth, 16:53. Flathead teammates Chance Kittle (ninth, 17:15), Jordan Engel (12th, 17:40) and Jacob Callas (14th 17:54) also finished in the top 15.
1. Kade Mc Cutcheon Glacier 16:26.08
2.Logan Harmon Glacier16:26.39
5.Roben Castren Glacier16:42
6.Sylas SchuttFlathead 16:53
7.Nathan Connell Glacier17:01
9.Chance Kittle Flathead 17:15
10.Emmette Dusty BullBrowning 17:24
12.Jordan EngelFlathead 17:40
14.Jacob CallasFlathead 17:54
15.Cody KirkaldicHays Lodge Pole 18:01
18.Robert HafemeyerFlathead 18:08
19.Jared BerkramCut Bank 18:09
20.Luke Henke Shelby18:15
23.Bryer Anderson Glacier18:24
26.Mason Devrico Flathead 8:36
27.Ty Runing Fisher Browning 18:37
28.Devin Vaughan GFHS18:43
29.Jerrelle Big Hair GFHS18:44
30.Brandon Robertson Havre 18:46
32.Logan MeeksCut Bank 18:47.69
34.Steven Shaeffer Flathead 18:53.49
37.James RatzlaffCol Falls 18:59
38.Kolby Anderson CMR19:00
39.Nate WynnCut Bank 19:01
40.Josiah Gardner Glacier 19:02
41.Alex DrewFlathead 19:08
42.Connor Dennis GFHS 19:11
43.Kyle Skunkcap Browning 19:12
44.George Gibson Bigfork 19:16
45.Harold Tailfeathers Browning 19:18
46.Keenen WillsFlathead 19:22
48.Joseph BremnerBrowning 19:26
1. McKena MorleyBigfork17:20
2.Bailey SmithGlacier 19:37
3.Corinne Hamilton Glacier 19:56
4.Samantha Mundel Col Falls 20:04
5.Cambria Hassell CMR20:18
7.Mercede Erickson Glacier 20:31
8.Courtney Little DogBrowning 20:38
9.Jessica CheryGlacier 20:44
10.Mirnda ChampionGlacier 20:58
17.Natalie JeudeFlathead 21:37
23.Josie Brousseau Glacier 22:1024.Julian Kaptanian Flathead 22:12
25.Cheyenne Weavley Augusta 22:37
27.Chanal Standing Bock Rocky Boy22:39
31.Amanda Finstad Cut Bank22:54
32.Shelby St. Goddard Browning 22:59
33.Meredith Stolte Col Falls23:00
40.Allie FolksCol Falls23:14
41.Amanda Stobie Polson23:22
42.Shyanne Racine Cut Bank23:25
44.Nicole BilledeauxCut Bank23:28
45.Kendra CahoonCol Falls23:31
46.Elvis Heavy Runner GFHS23:32
50.Andrea MorrenGtFs Central23:55