Nike Cross Nationals Northwest Regional
Eagle Island Cross Country Course, Boise, Idaho
Saturday, November 12, 2011
3.1 Miles (5 KM race distance)
Varsity Girls Individual Results:
33. Nicole Brist, 12 Whitefish 21:00
44. Maya Gordon, 10 Whitefish 21:14
The Nike Cross Nationals Northwestern Regional Championship Cross Country Meet was held on Saturday with two 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. Nicole Brist, a senior at WHS, finished with a time of 21:00 for the 3.1 mile race distance. She placed 33rd in the Varsity Girls race.
Sophomore Maya Gordon finished strongly with a time of 21:14. This placed her 44th in the same Varsity Girls Event.
"Both had strong races with their top fifty finishes in a very competitive field." "We've been coming to this meet since 2007, and our runners always seem to run well. It's a great opportunity to run against some of the top runners from the Pacific Northwest region."
"Nicole and Maya both ran here last year. Both have improved a lot since then. Nicole improved her time from last year's race by over a minute, while Maya improved by over two and a half minutes. In a sport such as distance running, it's really satisfying to see the types of improvement that these two runners have been able to achieve."
"Both runners will compete in one final meet for the 2011 cross country season as they will travel to Walnut, California during the first weekend in December to compete at the prestigious Foot Locker Western Regional Cross Country Championship. That meet will include the Northwestern States, along with the Southwestern States, as well. There will be over 2000 runners competing at the Foot Locker event."
"Attending these type of events are a great chance for Montana runners to see a bigger picture of the sport of cross country. Runners get a good idea of what levels of competition are available from the rest of the country, and it allows them to appreciate their own commitment to their sport and they get to see how they stack up to other runners from other states. It's fun for the kids to open their eyes to such a high level of running."