Northwestern A Divisional Championships
King Ranch Golf Course, Frenchtown, MT
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Boys Team Scores:
1. Whitefish 22
2. Polson 58
3. Columbia Falls 70
4. Frenchtown 90
5. Libby no score
Boys Individual Results:
1. Jace Kalbfleisch, 12 Whitefish 15:28
2. Fischer Gangemi, 12 Whitefish 15:28
5. Caleb Knox, 11 Whitefish 16:24
6. Keaton Grove, 10 Whitefish 16:33
8. Waylon Roberts, 12 Whitefish 16:50
9. Thomas Henson, 11 Whitefish 16:54
11.Elias Taylor, 12 Whitefish 16:59
14.Keaton Nicholson, 11 Whitefish 17:34
19.Zach Blumhardt, 12 Whitefish 17:58
21.Alex Stevens, 11 Whitefish 18:05
23.Tanner Brock, 11 Whitefish 18:09
25.Christian Newby, 10 Whitefish 18:14
28. John Owens, 11 Whitefish 18:29
30. Henry Holt, 11 Whitefish 18:40
32. Spencer Hale, 12 Whitefish 18:42
35.Seth Corne, 11 Whitefish 19:03
36.Ethan Lannaghan, 9 Whitefish 19:05
39.Santos Parra, 9 Whitefish 19:42
45.Adrian Leroux, 10 Whitefish 20:11
47.Dillon Lawrence, 9 Whitefish 20:52
49.Jon Jacobs, 12 Whitefish 20:55
Girls Team Scores:
1. Polson 39
2. Columbia Falls 43
3. Whitefish 57
4. Frenchtown 97
Libby no score
Girls Individual Results:
4. Sarah Latcham, 10 Whitefish 19:49
11. Peyton Twete, 10 Whitefish 20:11
13. Barrett Gray, 9 Whitefish 20:25
14. Sloan Ellis, 11 Whitefish 20:41
15. Autumn Fisher, 12 Whitefish 20:45
17. Andrea Lamoureux, 12 Whitefish 21:01
19. Emma Marchetti, 12 Whitefish 21:19
20. Samantha Eason, 12 Whitefish 21:20
21. Annika Gordon, 9 Whitefish 21:22
24. Claire Venery, 12 Whitefish 22:19
31. Bergen Carloss, 9 Whitefish 23:44
32. Sara Parez, 9 Whitefish 24:42
36. Maya Gordon, 11 Whitefish 25:41
38. Kate Ehrenberg, 9 Whitefish 26:16
The Whitefish High School Boys and Girls Cross Country teams returned from the Northwestern A Championship event, held at the King Ranch Course at Frenchtown, with very promising results. The Boys team returned as Conference Champions. This is a feat that they've accomplished for the third straight year. The Girls team ended up in third place in a very competitive field.
Jace Kalbfleisch sprinted his way to the individual title with a time of 15:28.1. That was just 3/10ths of a second ahead of teammate Fischer Gangemi who finished in second place with a time of 15:28.4. Maybe more impressive was the finish of the rest of the team with Caleb Knox (5th in 16:24), Keaton Grove (6th in 16:33), Waylon Roberts (8th in 16:50), and Thomas Henson (9th in 16:54). These six Bulldogs earned All- Conference honors for their efforts. The seventh Whitefish runner to cross the line was Elias Taylor (11th in 16:59). He missed achieving All Conference by one second. It's the first time that all seven boys have run under seventeen minutes in the same race.
"Jace and Fischer both ran fantastic today. It could have gone either way for the individual victory. Both runners did an outstanding job. Jace managed to become the first Bulldog cross country runner to achieve All-Conference in each of his four seasons. We've had some great runners in our history, and he is the first boy to earn that honor. Fischer earned his third straight All-Conference award."
"The amazing result was the team performance. Having all five runners below 17 minutes is an unbelievable performance. We know that at this level, we can compete with any team in the state. We have a great 1-2 punch, and the rest are doing a great job of keeping us in the team race. Caleb and Keaton both had great races, plus having the three other runners (Waylon, Thomas and Elias) so close, it gives us a great advantage with our depth for the number five scoring position."
The Lady Bulldog team also had a nice performance, as well. They finished in third place in the team competition that was closely contested. Sarah Latcham led the team with her fourth place finish. Her time of 19:49 helped her to earn All-Conference. Payton Twete (20:11) finish in 11th position, while Barrett Gray (20:25) finished close behind in 13th place. Sloan Ellis (14th in 20:41) and Autumn Fisher (15th in 20:45) rounded out the team scorers for the Lady Bulldogs. Andrea Lamoureux (17th in 21:01), Emma Marchetti (19th in 21:19), Sami Easton (20th in 21:21) and Annika Gordon (21st in 21:22) also had great races for the WHS ladies.
"I was very happy with Sarah's performance. She has been solid all season. For a first year competitor, she has done a nice job in leading our team. I think she has fantastic potential to be one of the best competitors that we've had in our sport. I'm really happy that she chose to be part of our program this year."
"I really felt that overall our team did a nice job today. If we had a problem, it was only that our opposition ran so well. Sometimes, even when you run at your best, it's not enough to overcome a great performance from the other competitors. We ran fantastic, but it wasn't quite enough. We still have one more chance to achieve the results that we want as a team. We're going to state to show everyone that we have what it takes to be one of the better teams there. We are in a strong conference and that makes us stronger for the most important meet of the year."
The Whitefish teams will travel to Helena to compete in the Montana State Championship meet on the Bill Roberts Course on Saturday.