Eureka Invitational - 2009

Eureka Invitational
Indian Springs Golf Course
September 11, 2009

Girls Varsity Team Results:

1. Whitefish 20
2. Thompson Falls 44
3. Eureka no score
4. Plains no score

Girls Individual results:

1. Bailey Eaton, 11 Whitefish 20:02
2. Loni Hanson, 12 Whitefish 20:18
3. Jessica Sagen, 11 Whitefish 20:20
4. Hannah Weaver, 12 Whitefish 21:20
10.Liz Stevenson, 12 Whitefish 22:53
12. Anne Miller, 12 Whitefish 24:15
14. Nicole Birk, 10 Whitefish 24:49

Girls Junior Varsity Individual results:

20. Justine Dugdale, 10 Whitefish 31:53

Boys Varsity Team Results

1.Whitefish 32
2. Eureka 49
3. Thompson Falls 73
4. Plains no score

Boys Individual Results:

3. Nathan Knox, 11 Whitefish 18:24
5. Jace Kalbfleisch, 9 Whitefish 18:59
6. Baxter Graham, 11 Whitefish 19:09
8. Will Holdhusen, 10 Whitefish 19:59
10. Chris Reyna, 11 Whitefish 20:13
18. Matt Guitterez, 11 Whitefish 22:30
23. Spencer Hale, 9 Whitefish 24:10

Boys Junior Varsity Individual results:

6. Jon Jacobs, 9 Whitefish 23:37
7. Peter Seymour, 9 Whitefish 23:38
9. Matt Kennedy, 11 Whitefish 23:58

Comments on the Meet:

The Whitefish High School Boys and Girls cross country teams came away with team titles at the Eureka Invitational cross country meet last Friday afternoon. The boys team finished in first place with 32 points to outdistance the host Eureka squad that finished with 49 points. The Girls team finished with 20 points to easily outdistance Thompson Falls (2nd with 44 points). In all four teams participated in the event.

"It was nice to see the boys come away with the victory. I think that it does show that this group can be competitive. With so many young runners on the boys team, it's always fun how they respond to success. They did a really nice job with this competition."

The Whitefish Boys were led by Nathan Knox who placed third overall in the race with a time of 18:24. Jace Kalbfleisch and Baxter Graham finished close behind him in the 5th and 6th positions. Will Holdhusen (8th) and Chris Reyna (10th) rounded out the team scorers for the Bulldogs.

"Nathan is doing a great job with leading this young team. We still have a few more runners to fit into the lineup, but this group has done a great job of taking advantage of their opportunities so far this season. I feel confident that with more experience and confidence this group can do great things."

The girls pretty much had their way with the field. Strong front running sealed the victory for the Lady Bulldogs as Bailey Eaton, Jessica Sagen, Loni Hanson and Hannah Weaver swept the top four places. Liz Stevenson finished in tenth to finish the team scoring.

"Our top three runners are pretty tough on any course. Bailey is running with a lot of confidence. It will be fun to see her as she moves into our stronger meets coming up on the schedule. Jess and Loni are not that far behind, and both have space to improve, so I feel pretty good about these three."

"Hannah Weaver is our real surprise so far this season. She ran fantastic. She finished only one minute behind Loni, which is a huge performance for her. That's the kind of run that could put her into the top twenty in Class A, and I think that she's only beginning to show us what she can do. It's exciting to watch her run."

The Whitefish teams head to the Ronan Invitational this weekend. It will be a good test for both teams as they will compete against strong teams including Flathead High School.

"We're looking forward to the Ronan meet. We are very familiar with the course and we seem to compete well there. Our girls will have a great test with a young Flathead team that performed very well at the Flathead Invitational. The boys field will be loaded as both Flathead and Columbia Falls are both contenders for State titles in their respective classes this season."

"This will also be our first opportunity to see what our entire team can do, as several runners that haven't competed yet will get their first chance to race. Having Jackie Cassidy, Carly Schwickert and Dietrich Perchy running again will be a huge boost for us, as we look forward to the Mountain West Classic in a couple of weeks. We'd like to be at full strength by that mid season meet."