Kalispell Invitational - 2005

Kalispell Invitational
Kidsports Complex - Kalispell, Montana
September 10, 2005

Girls Varsity Team Results

1. Flathead 24
2. Ronan 88
3. Missoula Hellgate 150
4. Polson 160
5. Missoula Loyola 167
6. Great Falls High 170
7.Whitefish 180
8. Missoula Sentinel 203
9. Missoula Big Sky 206
10. Cut Bank 209
11. CMR 211
12. Browning 220

Other schools participating: Bigfork, Centerville/Belt, Eureka, Great Falls Central, Libby, Plains, Shelby, Thompson Falls. (20 teams participating)

WHS Girls Varsity Results

20. Anne Danczyk, 11 - 21:10
26. Beth Donovan, 9 - 21:32
28. Clare Miller, 10 - 21:43
64. Janna Rozar, 11 - 23:00
74. Lauren Kuennen, 10 - 23:43
75. Loie Russell-Kuennen, 11 - 23:46
93. Stephanie Woodbeck, 12 - 26:03

Girls Junior Varsity Team Results

1. Flathead 15
2. ColumbiaFalls 54
3. CMR 108
4. Missoula Hellgate 110
5. Ronan 121
6. Whitefish 141
7. Missoula BigSky 173
8. Browning 174
9. Missoula Sentinel 210

Other schools participating: Thompson Falls, Libby, Loyola, Great Falls, Cut Bank, Polson, Shelby, Eureka. (17 teams participating)

WHS Girls Junior Varsity Results

17. Carly Hendrix, 9 - 24:14
25. Megan Shaver, 9 - 25:08
36. Holly Cullen, 11 - 25:36
63. Mary Kohnstamm, 11 - 28:34
66. Danielle Rogers, 11 - 29:24

Boys Varsity Team Results

1. Flathead 34
2. North Central (Spokane) 83
3. Mt. Spokane (Spokane) 91
4. Missoula Big Sky 134
5. Browning 149
6. Ronan 224
7. Missoula Hellgate 239
8. Great Falls 260
9. Thompson Falls 268
10. Missoula Loyola 271
11. Polson 283
12. Whitefish 290
13. Missoula Sentinel 306
14. Cut Bank 353
15. CMR 436
16. Libby 438
17. Plains 479
18. Shelby 483
19. Great Falls Central 493

Other schools participating: Bigfork, Centerville, Eureka. (22 teams participating)

WHS Boys Varsity Results

25. Ian Mallams, 11 - 17:06
55. Erik Anderson, 10 - 18:04
56. Drew Coco, 9 - 18:12
70. Jacob Fern, 11 - 18:43
90. Nick Donovan, 10 - 19:21
95. Daniel Holland, 12 - 19:32
102. Austin Troiano, 12 - 19:51

Boys Junior Varsity Team Results

1. Flathead 33
2. Mt.Spokane 69
3. NorthCentral 74
4. ColumbiaFalls 107
5. Browning 154
6. Missoula BigSky 163
7. Missoula Sentinel 208
8. Whitefish 249
9. Missoula Hellgate 297
10. Missoula Loyola 298
11. GF Bison 299
12. Ronan 332
13. Thompson Falls 353
14. Shelby 396

Other teams participating: Bigfork, Polson, Libby, Plains, CMR, Cut Bank (20 teams participating)

WHS Boys Junior Varsity Results

45. Joseph Alexander, 11 - 19:25
49. Michael Harrison, 10 - 19:38
66. Patrick McGonagle, 9 - 20:10
67. Jon Cameron, 10 - 20:11
72. Dylon Rice, 10 - 20:16
75. Joey Guerri, 10 - 20:20
110. Jared Barton, 11 - 22:11
117. Brandon Karschnik, 10 - 22:37
122. Dan Gibbs, 10 - 22:45
126. Luke Knight, 11 - 23:03
142. Gentry Darkenwald, 9 - 24:14
153. Erik Swanson, 11 - 26:52


Comments on the Meet:

If you happened to be one of the individuals wearing the green and gold uniforms of the Whitefish High School at Saturday's Kalispell Invitational Cross Country Meet, you were most likely experiencing a couple of different emotions following your race. One would be one of relief that you were done with your race. Another would be the satisfaction of knowing that you and your team competed very well. In most cases with time improvements of between 1 minute and 3 1/2 minutes from your time on the same course last year at this meet. You were also probably feeling wet and after a short period, pretty cold. Most importantly you were feeling that at this meet, you achieved a victory between yourself and the course.

The competition at the Kalispell Invitational was tough. Besides defending AA Champion Kalispell, there were also teams from Mt. Spokane and North Central (Spokane) in attendance. Let's not forget the defending A Champion Browning team, the State B Champion boy's and girl's squads from Missoula Loyola, and the State A runner-ups for both boy's and girls, Ronan.

In the end, Whitefish High School came out with a great showing in both the boys and girls races, on both the varsity and junior varsity level. The Lady Bulldogs were led by Anne Danczyk (20th in 21:10). Freshman Beth Donovan continued her excellent running by finishing closely behind (26th in 21:32). Sophomore Clare Miller was right there as well (28th in 21:43). This threesome really gave us a boost by finishing so high in this strong of a field. What's really exciting is that juniors Cassie Schell and Janna Rozar have consistently shown the ability to run with our front trio. I'm really looking forward to seeing these five all run in the same meet when they all round into speed shape.

Carly Hendrix and Megan Shaver, both freshmen, led the second- seven (junior varsity). Both are just starting to see what they can do with their running. I'm certain that as they continue through the season, we'll see them continue to move up closer to our top group.

The boys had a great outing as well. Last season, we had three members of this team break twenty minutes on this notoriously tough and slow course. This season the list included all of the members of the top seven (varsity) and a couple of our second seven (junior varsity). This team has improved so much from last season that it makes it very satisfying to see their results after each meet.

Ian Mallams was back in our line up after missing last week's meet with the flu. He raced well as he led the team with his 25th place finish (17:06). He was backed up by Erik Anderson (55th in 18:04) and Drew Coco (56th in 18:12). Erik and Drew are starting to see that they can run with some of the better runners in these early races. As their confidence continues to grow, I'm sure we'll see them move up a bit closer to Ian. That's even more impressive as I'm certain that Ian will continue to get faster, as well.

The battle for the remainder of the top seven varsity spots seems to be a battle between the next seven or eight runners on the team. It's this inner-team rivalry that will help to move them up closer to our top three and will eventually decide just how competitive this team will become. What's really great is the group following this one. Pat McGonagle, Jon Cameron, Dylan Rice, and Joey Guerri (all freshman and sophomores) are really learning how to race, and it will be interesting to see which of them will try to make the move into the top seven.

All in all, the Kalispell meet with it's tough course and tough competition became just another opportunity for the Whitefish High School Cross Country teams to show that they are a very good at learning their lessons of running and applying them into their racing situations.