Hamilton - 2006

Hamilton Invitational
2006 Results

Girls Varsity Team Scores:
1. Ronan................50
2. Dillon...............60
3. Whitefish............64
4. Polson...............97
5. Hamilton.............124
6. Frenchtown...........126
7. Columbia Falls.......220
8. Valley Christian.....230

Girls Varsity Individual Results: (56 finishers)
3. Beth Donovan.........20:04
9. Clare Miller.........20:49
15. Anne Danczyk........21:30
17. Janna Rozar.........21:39
25. Natalie Kearns......22:30
26. Cassie Schell.......22:31
32. Loni Hanson.........22:58

Girls Junior Varsity Team Scores:
1. Hamilton.............49
2. Whitefish............56
3. Frenchtown...........62
4. Dillon...............87
Polson..................no score
Corvallis...............no score
Ronan...................no score
Columbia Falls..........no score
Darby...................no score

Girls Junior Varsity Individual Results: (69 finishers)
1. Lauren Kuennen.......21:12
5. Emily Jones..........22:51
7. Marni Hale...........23:23
16. Megan Shaver........24:15
27. Hanna Weaver........25:14
28. Katie McGunagle.....25:15
35. Loie Russell-Templeton - 26:05
37. Adrianna Blanco.....26:19
47. Dani Gregory........27:21
52. Danielle Rogers.....27:31
53. Mallory Phillips....27:50
54. Maggie Wilson.......27:50
55. Bailey Chauner......27:51
56. Alexa Holliday......27:51

Boys Varsity Team Scores:
1. Dillon...............44
2. Whitefish............68 (won tiebreaker)
3. Hamilton.............68
4. Columbia Falls.......126
5. Polson...............132
6. Ronan................150
7. Frenchtown...........184
8. Bigfork..............197
9. Corvallis............217
10.Darby................266
11. Arlee...............298
12. DRHS................371

Boys Varsity Individual Results:
3. Ian Mallams..........16:37
12. Erik Anderson.......17:52
16. Jacob Fern..........18:03
18. Joseph Alexander....18:08
19. Patrick McGunagle...18:16
27. Michael Harrison....18:36
34. Blake Bjornson......18:53

Boys Junior Varsity Team Scores:
1. Whitefish............34
2. Dillon...............44
3. Hamilton.............57
4. Frenchtown...........162
Polson..................no score
Columbia Falls..........no score
Arlee...................no score
Ronan...................no score
Darby...................no score
Corvallis...............no score

Boys Junior Varsity Individual Results: (61 finishers)
1. Nick Donovan.........17:54
4. Michael Samdahl......19:03
6. Wes Beougher.........19:22
11. Byron Bard..........19:37
12. Dylan Rice..........19:39
18. Joey Guerri.........20:11
21. Shane Hanson........20:22
24. David Teeples.......20:36
29. Jon Cameron.........21:08
30 Brandon Karschnik....21:10
33. Luke Knight.........21:23
37. Dan Gibbs...........21:50
46. Gentry Darkenwald...22:54
50. Will Erikson........23:34
52. Jared Barton........23:44
56. Ryan Rice...........25:13

The Hamilton Invitational has always been a favorite of our team. The course is nice. The competition is good without being overwhelming. Overall it's a fun meet for our runners. Each year our teams run well at this meet. It's a good place to begin our final preparations for the championship season looming just ahead of us.

This was a tough meet for me to critique. Although we had a lot of good things come from the event, it looked to me like we were running after a week of workouts influenced by homecoming activities. Our team may have been a bit tired after a later than usual night of fun with friends at the homecoming dance. The early morning wake-up to board the 5 am bus couldn't have helped. Add to this the changes in the course, which helped to make it a tougher course. Warm weather, and windy conditions turned the typically time friendly event into one that was just a bit more challenging than the runners may have been expecting.

For the most part, we could have used more sleep, a better breakfast, and more friendly running conditions. The competition, however, was great and we did a fine job of meeting the challenge. I was happy with the results with all things considered.

Beth Donovan (3rd in 20:04) and Clare Miller (9th in 20:49) ran very well for the Lady Bulldogs in the Varsity event to lead their team to third place in the meet. Ronan and Dillon both ran very well to just edge them out for the overall victory.

Lauren Kuennen, who has been dealing with health issues the past couple of weeks came back strong with a convincing win in the JV portion of the meet with a nice time of 21:12 to win the event by a minute and twenty seconds. Emily Jones finished in fifth place in the same race.

For the boys it was Ian Mallams and Erik Anderson leading the Bulldogs to a second place finish, just behind Dillon. Ian finished third, while Erik came in 12th. The entire boys team ran well today. They seem to be solid every race.

Nick Donovan ran a super race winning the boys JV section of the event. He ran a time of 17:52, which would have placed him right behind Erik had he been able to run with the Varsity guys. He's showing that he has a lot of talent. He could be a big part of the success of this team if he continues to race like he did today.

This meet marked the end of our first half of the season. We're excited about what's in front of us for the next three weeks. This coming Saturday we host Frenchtown in a dual meet at the Whitefish High School Campus course. To be able to run at home after being on the road all season is a real treat. The kids are looking forward to running really fast and to do so without getting up early and boarding a bus. They are planning on giving the home crowd a great performance. I know I'm excited to watch them run at home. This group could be the best collection of cross country runners to ever run for Whitefish High School and they are eager to show that ability this Saturday.

The Lady Bulldogs defeated the Frenchtown Broncs last season by taking five of the top six spots. The Frenchtown girls have a much stronger team this year and should offer a stiff challenge for the Whitefish team. The Broncs won the boys portion of the meet last year by a mere two points. They have lost their top runner from last season, but still return quite a few from that team. I know our boys would love to turn the results around this year and come out on top.

The Frenchtown teams are talented and well coached. We really love having them come up to our home course to race. They are such a nice group of kids that happen to be very competitive. Next to the championship races coming up, this is easily my favorite race to watch during the season. The boys race will begin at 11:00 am, with the Girls following at 11:30 am.