Thompson Falls Invitational - 2009

Thompson Falls Invitational
River Bend Golf Course, Thompson Falls
Thursday, October 1, 2009

Girls Team Results:

1. Whitefish 21
2. Columbia Falls 70
3. Thompson Falls 87
4. Flathead JV 116
5. Frenchtown 131
6. Eureka 150
Plains no score
Libby no score
Arlee no score

Individual results:

1. Bailey Eaton, 11 Whitefish 18:33 (New Course Record - Old Record Kasey Harwood, Polson 18:48 2003)
3. Loni Hanson, 12 Whitefish 19:00
4. Jessica Sagen, 11 Whitefish 19:13
5. Carly Schwickert, 11 Whitefish 19:35
8. Hannah Weaver, 12 Whitefish 20:00
18. Anne Miller, 12 Whitefish 21:10
19. Liz Stevenson, 12 Whitefish 21:11
21. Nicole Birk, 10 Whitefish 21:34
37. Emma Marchetti, 9 Whitefish 23:58
55. Katrina Brown, 11 Whitefish 26:33
59. Justine Dugdale, 10 Whitefish 27:40
61. Haley Hill, 12 Whitefish 28:19

Boys Team Results

1. Columbia Falls 27
2. Frenchtown 63
3. Flathead JV 95
4. Whitefish 101
5. Plains 137
6. Eureka 167
7. Libby 177
8. Thompson Falls 194
9. Arlee 205

Boys Individual Results:

8. Nathan Knox, 11 Whitefish 16:49
13. Jace Kalbfleisch, 9 Whitefish 17:21
23. Fischer Gangemi, 9 Whitefish 17:52
27. Baxter Graham, 11 Whitefish 17:56
31. Chris Reyna, 11 Whitefish 18:06
34. Will Holdhusen, 10 Whitefish 18:19
27. Francisco Valle, 12 Whitefish 18:55
63. Spencer Hale, 9 Whitefish 20:41
64. Peter Seymour, 9 Whitefish 20:47
67. Matt Guitterez, 11 Whitefish 21:01
72. Matt Kennedy, 11 Whitefish 21:25
73. Zach Blumhardt, 9 Whitefish 21:35
77. Jon Jacobs, 9 Whitefish 22:50

Comments on the Meet:

The Whitefish High School Cross Country teams love to run at Thompson Falls. The course is fast, the area scenic, the competition very good. The Bulldogs runners also seem to run very, very well on the course.

The Lady Bulldogs ran first and set the tone for the day with their team victory led by the individual winner Bailey Eaton. The WHS team won the team title with a low score of 21 points. Second place Columbia Falls finished with 70 points, While host Thompson Falls finished in third place with 87 points.

"Baily ran an outstanding race. She led from the start and pulled away in the final mile of the race. This was a strong field with some of the top individuals from Class A in the race. Her time of 18:33 was not only a new course record, but also a new school record."

The former school record was set last year by Jackie Cassidy at 18:42.

"The entire girls team had a great meet. The ladies took advantage of the cooler weather to put down fast times."

Loni Hanson and Jessica Sagen finished 4th and 5th at the meet. Carly Schwicket finished in 6th place with a personal best time of 19:35.

"Carly had a breakthrough race. She has gone through a couple of rough patches in her career as a runner, but this race really was a bright spot. This was her first race under twenty minutes, and it puts her right into the thick of things for her future races. She has the ability to run with our top three, and by finishing only 22 seconds back from Jess shows that she's not that far away."

Hannah Weaver finished in eighth place with a personal best time of 20:00.

"I would have liked to have seen her squeak under that twenty minute mark, but she did such a great job of running all the way through the 3 mile course, that I think she was able to get everything she could have out of her run. She didn't have much left at the finish, which is the way we like to see them finish."

Anne Miller, Liz Stevenson and Nicole Birk all finished with time in the low to mid 21's for the 3 mile distance which were personal bests.

"These three all raced very well. They are starting to really cut down their times. Our depth is starting to get better. We still have a few more meets ahead of us, so I feel that we are making some strides with these three."

The boys team ended up in fourth place out of nine teams at the meet. They were led by Nathan Knox who finished in the top ten with his 8th place finish with a personal best time of 16:49. He was followed in by Jace Kalbfleisch (13th in 17:21), Fischer Gangemi (23rd in 17:52) and Baxter Graham (27th in 17:56).

"Nathan had a great race. He worked his way up through the field as the race progressed. He had a lot of patience and it paid off with a great performance. It was nice to see him rewarded with a time in the 16's. That's a major goal for every boy runner. Once you've hit the 16's you've reached a special level."

"Jace and Fischer have been doing a great job for our team. As freshman, it shows that although age is a factor in athletics, it's not always a limiting factor. I think that they both have a bright future in front of them if they continue to improve as they have this season."

"I thought that Baxter and Chris Reyna (31st in 18:06) both had great races to round out our top five. Both competed all the way to the finish line."

The next competition for both squads will be the Whitefish Invitational which will be held on Saturday, October 10th on the Whitefish High School Campus. This will be the only home meet of the season for the teams and will offer a great opportunity for everyone to come out and watch a great cross country competition.

"We have a larger field this season for our home invitational. Our course is a bit tight, so it will be interesting to see how it works out. It's a great chance to see a cross country meet. There are plenty of opportunities to see the runners. It's a faster course with no hills to slow them down, so times should be quick with the cooler weather expected for the meet."

Eight schools will be on hand to compete in the event including top Class A teams Frenchtown, Columbia Falls, Ronan and Libby. Several Class B schools will also be at the meet including strong teams from Thompson Falls, Plains and Eureka.