Nike Cross Nationals Northwest Regional - 2010

Nike Cross Nationals Northwest Regional
Eagle Island Cross Country Course, Boise, Idaho
Saturday, November 13, 2010

Girls Varsity Team Results:

1. Crusader Harriers (Jesuit, Portland, OR) 51
2. Rocky Mountain Grizzly XC 64
3. Summit XC Club 91
4. Meridian Warpath 114
5. Whitefish XC Club 127
6. Rose City XC Club 130
7. Troutdale Harriers 147
8. Jackson RC (Jackson Hole, WY) 184
Sanpoint XC Club No score
Latipac RC No score
Lakeside RC No score
Cougar XC Club No score
Columbia River XC Club No score
Challis Running Club No score
Portneuf Valley XC No score
Cutthroat Running Club No score
Preston XC No score
Canyon TC No score
Team High Altitude No score
Kuna XC Club No score
South Medford XC No score
Ashland XC Club No score
Stat Valley XC No score

3.1 Miles (5 KM race distance) Individual results:

3. Jessica Sagen, 12 Whitefish 19:47
31. Bailey Eaton, 12 Whitefish 20:56
49. Carly Schwickert, 12 Whitefish 21:15
90. Becca Holdhusen, 9 Whitefish 22:57
97. Anne Gustenhoff, 12 Whitefish 23:34
98. Emma Marchetti, 10 Whitefish 23:36
99. Maya Gordon, 9 Whitefish 23:46

Boys Varsity Team Results

1. RumGumXC 66
2. Boise Striders 67
3. Axeman RC 105
4. Summit XC Club 176
5. Tornado TC 221
6. Lakeside Road Runners 223
7. Crusader Harriers 251
8. Grubsnelle 262
9. Cutthroat XC 264
10. North Spokan XC Club 277
11. Meridian Warpath 291
12. Latipac RC 295
13. CXC Club 381
14. Ashland XC Club 385
15. Mead AC 401
(nine other full teams)
. Whitefish no score

Boys Individual Results:

188. Will Holdhusen, 11 Whitefish 19:18
196. Dietrich Perchy, 12 Whitefish 19:35


Comments:

The Nike Cross Nationals Northwestern Regional Championship Cross Country Meet was held on Saturday with several runners from Whitefish High School in attendance. Nearly 900 runners competed in a day full of races held for middle school, junior varsity level, varsity level and finishing with a Championship event at Eagle Island State Park in Boise, Idaho.

The local runners represented the Whitefish XC Club, since the meet was held following the traditional high school season. The group was led by the performance of Jessica Sagen, a senior at WHS. Her time of 19:47 for the 3.1 mile race distance placed her 3rd in the Varsity Girls race.

Bailey Eaton and Carly Schwickert both had strong races as both finished in the top fifty in the competitive field. With the additional finishes of Becca Holdhusen (90th) and Anne Gustenhoff (97th), the Whitefish Team finished in 5th place with a score of 127 points. Emma Marchetti and Maya Gordon followed close behind in 98th and 99th places.

"We were third here last year at this meet. I think we may have run better this year, but it seems like the competition has gotten even tougher."

"Jessica Sagen had a huge race. She went out after the leaders from the gun and gradually narrowed the gap. She finished only 14 seconds behind the individual winner. Throughout the race they continued to announce the top 3 to 5 runners in the race, so it was great hearing over the loudspeakers how she progressed during the meet."

"Bailey and Carly both had solid races, as well. Again, the individual competition was pretty stiff so a runner may be a bit back in the field and still be running quite well. It was also nice to have some of our younger runners attend. With so many seniors on the team, these young racers continue to learn from every experience. Races like these will make our races in Montana seem more manageable."

Will Holdhusen (188th) and Dietrich Perchy (196th) both competed in the Boys Varsity race. They were the two representatives from Whitefish.

"Both Will and Dietrich ran quite a bit better than they did when they were here last season. The meet was even bigger than the Mountain West Classic that we attend in Missoula. I was happy with their results. They were both competitive in the race. Dietrich improved his time by over two and a half minutes from his performance during last year's race."

In the Championship races held following the Varsity races, the girls from Bozeman finished in second place to qualify for the Nike National Cross Championship to be Held in Portland in early December. The Regional meet was open to individuals and teams from the States of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska, Hawaii, Wyoming and Montana.

"We've taken runners to this meet and ones like it for the past six years. It's a chance for Montana runners to see a bigger picture of the sport of cross country. In the Pacific Northwest, running is a big deal and the best teams from the region tend to be able compete with the best teams in the country. Sometimes the best teams in Montana can compete with the best in the region. It's fun for the kids to open their eyes to such a high level of running. For some it gives them dreams to chase, and goals to set. It also gives them a chance to meet kids from other places."