Flathead - 2006

Flathead Invitational
2006
Results

Girls Varsity Individual Results:
10. Beth Donovan............20:46
18. Lauren Kuennen..........21:18
31. Janna Rozar.............21:48
35. Clare Miller............22:00
51. Anne Danczyk............22:30
53. Kelly Beiser............22:35
56. Loni Hanson.............22:41

1. Flathead.................78
2. Butte....................95
3. Missoula Big Sky.........139
4. Whitefish................145
6. Dillon...................166
7. Cut Bank.................194
8. CMR......................214
9. Ronan....................250
10. Missoula Sentinel.......269
11. Browning................301
12. Loyola Sacred Heart.....314
13. Polson..................362
14. Great Falls.............379
15. Hamilton................395
16. Centerville.............475
17. Eureka..................475
18. Columbia Falls..........485
19. Libby...................585


Girls Junior Varsity Individual Results:
8. Natalie Kearns...........23:36
14. Emily Jones.............24:12
19. Megan Shaver............24:27
20. Marni Hale..............24:27
29. Jade Gephart............25:22

Girls Junior Varsity Team Results:
1. Cascade Varsity Team.....30
2. Whitefish................90
3. Missoula Hellgate........124
4. Missoula Big Sky.........134
5. Hamilton.................168
6. Missoula Sentinel........176
7. Loyola Sacred Heart......207
8. Columbia Falls...........335

Girls Middle School Individual Results:
4. Stella Holt..............11:13

Boys Varsity Individual Results:
9. Ian Mallams..............16:48
53. Patrick McGunagle.......18:34
62. Jacob Fern..............18:48
63. Jospeh Alexander........18:51
109. Nick Donovan...........20:09
122. Blake Bjornson.........20:31

Boys Varsity Team Results:
1. Flathead.................55
2. North Central (Spokane)..61
3. Missoula Big Sky.........120
4. Browning.................170
5. Dillon...................173
6. Missoula Sentinel........232
7. Missoula Hellgate........277
8. CMR......................286
9. Whitefish................296
10. Hamilton................316
11. Polson..................316
12. Loyola Sacred Heart.....336
13. Great Falls Central Cath350
14. Columbia Falls..........384
15. Cut Bank................403
16. Tompson Falls...........410
17. Ronan...................418
18. Great Falls.............420
19. Libby...................468
20. Butte...................542
21. Corvallis...............564
22. Centerville.............674

Boys Junior Varsity Individual Results:
1. Drew Coco................17:17
9. Erik Anderson............18:37
39. Tanner Hosak............19:51
51. Dylan Rice..............20:17
66. Michael Samdahl.........20:32
68. Joey Guerri.............20:33
69. Byron Bard..............20:39
74. David Teeples...........20:54
76. Wes Beogher.............20:57
89. Shane Hanson............21:21
110. Jon Cameron............21:57
121. Luke Knight............22:21
128. Dan Gibbs..............22:30
150. Gentry Darkenwald......24:13

Boys Junior Varsity Team Results:
1. Flathead.................53
2. Browning.................54
3. North Central............74
4. Whitefish................147
5. Bigfork..................166
6. Hamilton.................176
7. Arlee....................204
8. Missoula Big Sky.........215
9. Missoula Sentinel........253
10. Shelby..................288
11. Missoula Hellgate.......290
12. CMR.....................293
13. Loyola Sacred Heart.....325
14. Polson..................428

The Kalispell Invitational Cross Country Meet was bigger and more competitive than ever this past weekend. It was also a lot hotter, dryer and dustier. This made for tough conditions for the distance runners that participated. It's always a lot easier to run when it cool. It's been a lot cooler at this meet the past two years. This year it was just plain hot.

For the most part the race conditions made times slower for the runners. One of the exceptions to this was the performance of the Whitefish High School cross country teams. Our runners just seem more prepared this year. For some it may have been their summer conditioning, for others it may have been the added experience. Whatever the reason it led to outstanding performances from a lot of our runners.

The Lady Bulldogs had very nice day with their fourth place finish in the Varsity section of the meet, while the Lady JV runners came away with second place, finishing behind the Cascade Varsity team that opted to run in the junior varsity race.

Beth Donovan led the Lady Bulldogs with her tenth place finish. Lauren Kuennen (18th) followed Beth across the finish line. Janna Rozar (31st), Clare Miller (35), Anne Danczyk (51th), Kelly Beiser (53) and Loni Hanson (56th) rounded out the finishers for the Whitefish team.

It was a real breakthrough for Lauren. She is really beginning to see what she can do. Her confidence level is really going up with her performances of the past couple of weeks. I really think that the five girls behind her can be right there with her on most of the courses we run. This course, however, is a really challenging one. For the girls to do so well against such tough competition is very rewarding for the coaching staff.

The boy's team had some very good performances as well. Unfortunately, the Bulldogs were split between the Varsity and Junior Varsity teams, which definitely had an impact on their overall score. It's always a tough decision to go into a meet knowing that the results will not be as good as you'd like, but the payoff will be down the road a bit, when we're able to put together our best seven runners on the same team.

Ian Mallams led the boys across the finish line with a ninth place finish. He was part of the front pack until it broke up at the mid-race point. He's gaining valuable experience with running with the best runners in the region. With our quality of training going up in the next couple of weeks, I expect him to continue his move to the front of these packs. He's dong a great job leading us. Patrick McGunagle came through with a nice run to place 53rd in the large field of 151 runners. I was really happy to see Pat have a great day. He had such a great track season last spring, that I figured it was only a matter of time before he was able to really move his way up into the pack. The challenge for the boys is whether or not the rest of the group can challenge themselves to run with him when he goes by.

In the Junior Varsity race, Drew Coco easily won the competition with a time over 40 seconds faster than the runner-up. It's exciting to see Drew and Erik Anderson (9th in the JV race) run well. This was the first opportunity for both to race this season. Basically, they had to earn their way onto the varsity since they both missed the first race of the season. They, along with freshman newcomer Tanner Hosak all did just that as their times moved them into the top seven varsity line-up for our meet in Cut Bank this Friday.

Another highlight was eight-grade runner Stella Holt's performance in the Middle school race. She placed fourth in a really strong field. It will be a lot of fun watching her progression this season knowing that she'll be part of our high school group next season.

Overall, I felt the teams did really well. Coach Sara Brist took the reins of the team at this meet and did a fantastic job. The team's pre-meet preparations and their focus at the meet impressed me. They were ready to run and the results showed that.