Libby Invitational - 2005

Libby Invitational
Cabinet View Country Club
Friday, Sept. 2, 2005 - 1:00 p.m.

Varsity Boy's Race (Top Seven)

11. Drew Coco, 9 - 17:37
21. Erik Anderson, 10 - 18:22
33. Jacob Fern, 11 - 19:22
38. Austin Troiano, 12 - 19:49
39. Daniel Holland - 19:56
41. Joseph Alexander, 11 - 19:59

Junior Varsity Boy's Race (Second Seven)

15. Nick Donovan, 10 - 19:59
22. Jon Cameron, 10 - 20:51
25. Joey Guerri, 10 - 21:05
28. Pat McGonagle, 9 - 21:18
34. Jared Barton, 11 - 22:47
35. Luke Knight, 11 - 22:57
36. Gentry Darkenwald, 9 - 23:35
37. Shane Hanson, 11 - 23:38

Boy's Time Trial

1. Kellen Bodily, 11 - 19:03
2. Blake Bjornson, 11 - 19:50
3. Michael Harrison, 10 - 20:59
4. Dylan Rice, 10 - 21:35
5. Dan Gibbs, 10 (mile) - 7:42
6. Erik Swanson, 11 (mile) - 8:12

Varsity Girl's Race (Top Seven)

14. Anne Danczyk, 11 - 21:09
20. Clare Miller, 10 - 21:56
22. Cassie Schell, 11 - 21:58
26. Janna Rozar, 11 - 22:25
27. Beth Donovan, 9 - 22:34
30. Lauren Kuennen, 10 - 22:43
44. Loie Russell-Templeton, 11 - 24:19

Junior Varsity Girl's Race (Second Seven)

12. Sephanie Woodbeck, 12 - 26:11
15. Megan Shaver, 9 - 26:29
18. Holly Cullen, 11 - 27:21
26. Danielle Rogers, 11 - 30:28
29. Mary Kohnstamm, 11 - 33:25

Girl's Time Trial

1. Carly Hendrix, 9 (2mile) - 16:40
2. Natalie Kearns, 9 (2 mile) - 17:20
3. Ashleigh Hustwaite (mile) - 8:57

Team Scores:

Varsity Boys: WHS - 4th out of 14 teams.
Varsity Girls: WHS - 4th out of 14 teams.

Junior Varsity Boys - WHS 3rd of 11 teams.
Junior Varsity Girls - WHS 3rd of 11 teams.


Comments on the Meet:

The WHS Cross Country teams came back from Libby with a better idea of where they stand in the Northwestern A Conference. We now know that both Ronan and Polson have strong teams and that they are both within reach this season. We also know that we have the largest boys and girls team in the conference. That gives us an advantage in regard to depth within our teams.

The Bulldog Boy's team gained giant strides towards becoming a great team with their fourth place finish. Freshman Drew Coco led the pack with his 11th place overall finish. He stepped in nicely to fill the shoes of Ian Mallams, our typical number one runner, who has been out with the flu since Monday. Erik Anderson had another solid race to finish 21st overall as our number 2 runner. Jacob Fern (33rd), Austin Troiano(38th) and Daniel Holland (39th) rounded out the top five scorers for the Bulldogs.

It was nice to see the boy's have success. Especially after the experience we had here last season when we were at the very back of the pack in the team scoring. It will be nice to have Ian back, plus the addition of Blake Bjornson, Michael Harrison and newcomer Nick Donovan will add tremendous depth to our ranks of top runners this season.

For the Lady Bulldogs, it was business as usual at the Libby Invitational. Last season's fourth place finish showed that we were a competitive team. This year the Lady Bulldog team matched that top-four team finish. By finishing only 5 points behind a talented Polson team, our team continues to show the type of improvement necessary to challenge not only Polson, but also Ronan for the top spot in the Conference. The top teams in the Conference will certainly compete for a couple of the top spots at State later this season, so the progress shown by the girl's squad is very exciting.

Anne Danczyk led the team with her 14th place overall. She was followed by the closely bunched pack of Clare Miller (20th), Cassie Schell (22nd), Beth Donovan (27th) and Lauren Kuennen (30th). To put our first five runners in before Ronan and Polson could put there final scorer across the line really gives me confidence that we can compete with those two teams that were 2nd and 4th at State last season.

Our next competition will be Saturday, September 10th, at the Kalispell Invitational held at the Kid's sports complex on Hwy 93 across from the FVCC campus. The first race begins at 11:00 a.m. We'd sure love to see all Whitefish Bulldog and Lady Bulldog fans come out to watch.