Libby Invitational - 2009

Libby Invitational
J.Neils Park, Libby MT
Friday, September 4, 2009

Girls Varsity Team Results:

1. Whitefish 32
2. Glacier 54
3. Timberlake, ID 79
4. Columbia Falls 92
5. Sandpoint 124
. Plains no score
. Bigfork no score
. Columbia Falls no score
. Libby no score
. Eureka no score

Individual results:

1. Bailey Eaton, 11 Whitefish 19:01
2. Loni Hanson, 12 Whitefish 19:17
3. Jessica Sagen, 11 Whitefish 19:20
9. Hannah Weaver, 12 Whitefish 20:50
17.Liz Stevenson, 12 Whitefish 21:40

Girls Junior Varsity Individual results:

27. Katrina Brown, 11 Whitefish 27:15
31. Justine Dugdale, 10 Whitefish 31:26

Boys Varsity Team Results

1. Sandpoint, ID 52
2. Columbia Falls 52
3. Glacier 82
4. Whitefish 118
5. Timberlake, ID 152
6. Libby 192
7. Eureka 199
8. Thompson Falls 217
. Plains no score
. Bigfork no score

Boys Individual Results:

18. Nathan Knox, 11 Whitefish 17:36
19. Jace Kalbfleisch, 9 Whitefish 17:54
26. Baxter Graham, 11 Whitefish 18:46
27. Will Holdhusen, 10 Whitefish 18:49
28. Fischer Gangemi, 9 Whitefish 18:50
31. Francisco Valle, 12 Whitefish 19:04
38. Chris Reyna, 11 Whitefish 19:21

Boys Junior Varsity Individual results:

23. Matt Gutierrez, 11 Whitefish 22:01
24. Spencer Hale, 9 Whitefish 22:07

Comments on the Meet:

The Whitefish High School Cross Country teams ventured to Libby for an invitational cross country meet on September 4th and came away with a good idea of where they stand as competitive teams.

"The girls team looked pretty strong behind three strong individual performances by Bailey, Loni and Jess."

Bailey Eaton won the individual title at Libby with a time of 19:01 for the 3 mile distance. She was followed closely by teammates Loni Hanson and Jessica Sagen. They finished in 2nd and 3rd places, respectively.

"By virtue of our 1-2-3 finish, it put us in a pretty good position in regard to winning the meet. With a strong backup performance from seniors Hannah Weaver (9th place) and Liz Stevenson (17th place) our team was able to come away with the a victory over nine other teams."

Whitefish won the girls varsity race with a low score of 32 points. Glacier High School of Kalispell was second with 54 points, while Timberlake of Idaho finished in third place with 79 points.

"We are just beginning our season, and realize we have a long way to go before the championship meets in October. Right now we are missing a couple of our strongest runners with Jackie Cassidy and Carly Schwickert being held out with health issues."

The Lady Bulldog team has also taken a hit with top runner Stella Holt out for the season with a broken leg from a summer hiking accident. Combine this with the loss of two other top runners that moved out of Whitefish during the summer months and it promises for an interesting upcoming season for Whitefish cross country.

The Whitefish boys team also had a solid outing in Libby. They finished in 4th position out of the ten teams in attendance. Sandpoint, Idaho managed to win the meet over Columbia Falls based upon a tie breaker, as both teams finished with 52 points. Whitefish had a total of 118 points.

"I was amazed with how well our boys ran today. It was hot, and for a lot of our runners it was their first meet ever. I hoped that they would have the confidence to run with the other teams, and they did a great job of doing just that. I was very pleased with all of their results today. It give me a good indication that this team will be competitive this season."

Junior Nathan Knox (18th place in 17:36) and freshman Jace Kalbfleisch (19th place in 17:54) led the team in this first outing. Baxter Graham, Will Holdhusen and Fischer Gangemi rounded out the team scoring in 26th, 27th and 28th place.

"These guys did a great job of pack running. They are learning quickly. We have a lot of boys that are really close in ability. It's going to be a exciting to watch them improve throughout the season. I really wasn't sure what to expect this year, and we've had a fantastic turnout with several new runners. The past few years, we've had a bunch of new girls try the sport. This season, it seems to be the boys that are coming out. They are having fun with it, and that's what I like to see."

The next meet for the Whitefish Cross Country team will be the Lincoln County Invitational on September 11th in Eureka.