Time Trial - 2006

Whitefish High School
Green/Gold Time Trial
Campus Course - 3 miles
August 25, 2006

Girls Results:
1. Beth Donovan, 10.................Green 19:30
2. Anne Danczyk, 12.................Gold 20:05
3. Lauren Kuennen, 11...............Gold 20:37
4. Janna Rozar, 12..................Gold 20:44
5. Clare Miller, 11.................Green 20:44
6. Natalie Kearns, 10...............Green 22:12
7. Loni Hanson, 9...................Green 22:21
8. Kelly Beiser, 10.................Green 22:25
9. Megan Shaver, 10.................Gold 23:14
10. Marni Hale, 12..................Gold 24:03
11. Emily Jones, 12.................Gold 24:06
12. Loie Russell-Templeton, 12......Green 24:33
13. Hannah Weaver, 9................Gold 25:18
14. Katie McGunagle, 9..............Gold 25:31
15. Jade Gephardt, 10...............Green 25:36
16. Danielle Rogers, 12.............Green 25:38
17. Mary Kohnstamm, 12..............Gold 27:35
18. Emily Loesch, 11................Green 30:28
19. Kim Aldinger, 12................Gold 31:23

Girls Team Results
1. WHS Green Team...................27 points
2. WHS Gold Team....................28 points

Boys Results:
1. Ian Mallams, 12..................Green 15:50
2. Drew Coco, 10....................Gold 16:29
3. Jacob Fern, 12...................Green 17:07
4. Michael Harrison,11..............Gold 17:20
5. Joseph Alexander, 12.............Green 17:46
6. Patrick McGunagle, 10............Gold 18:00
7. Blake Bjornson, 12...............Gold 18:00
8. Michael Samdahl, 11..............Green 18:34
9. Nick Donovan, 11.................Green 18:47
10. Dylan Rice, 11..................Gold 19:04
11. Wes Beougher, 11................Gold 20:03
12. Joe Guerri, 11..................Green 20:26
13. David Teeples, 9................Gold 20:32
14. Shane Hanson, 12................Green 20:40
15. Dan Gibbs, 11...................Green 21:14
16. Luke Knight, 12.................Gold 21:25
17. Jamie MacNamara, 10.............Green 23:33
18. Gentry Darkenwald, 10...........Green 23:51
19. Ryan Rice, 10...................Gold 23:54
20. Chris MacNamara, 9..............Gold 27:35

Boys Team Results
1. WHS Green Team...................26 points
2. WHS Gold Team....................29 points

If the results of the annual cross country time trial are an indication of what this years season has in store, then 2006 is going to be a record breaking campaign. Thirty-nine high school athletes took part in the traditional opener, which allows runners to show what they've done in the summer.

Senior Ian Mallams led the boys team with a fantastic time of 15:50 for the flat and fast three-mile course. His time was so fast that it came within seven seconds of equaling the school record for a cross country 3 mile race (held by Ed Heider - 15:43). With the training that we have in front of us, it may only be a matter of time before the record goes. Especially since we haven't started our specific speed training. This was done with summer training, as we've been running pretty easy for the first two weeks of practice.

Drew Coco also had a strong run. His time of 16:29 fell just two seconds off of his best from last season. He has all season to work on his fitness. I would expect him to give Ian a run for his money by the second half of the season. This should help both runners to the kind of times that would allow them to compete for the individual title at state this season. Drew's time puts him number two on the all-time sophomore list, behinds Heider's school record mark.

Jacob Fern, Michael Harrison and Joseph Alexander gave a clinic on how improvement in distance running is directly related to summer running, as all ran to personal bests in the trial. Jacob's run just about brought him into the 16's, which is a huge goal for any high school distance runner. To come so close in his first outing is especially sweet. Michael's run was a personal best by over a minute and a half. He shows that he'll be looking for a top twenty spot at state this year with this kind of improvement. Joseph ran a strong race as well running 17:46 to round out the top five.

The final spots for the top seven race in Libby go to Patrick McGunagle, 10 and Blake Bjornson (12). These two fought it out down the stretch to record times of 18:00. Last season we had to wait until the divisional championship race for our top seven to be at 18:00 or under. This year we begin the season with our top seven there.

Newcomer Michael Samdahl came out with a fine 18:34 to show that he may be able to help this strong boy's team out this season. Nick Donovan and Dylan Rice had strong showings as well. Every runner in the program that competed showed a lot of guts today. We now have a good starting point on which we can build upon.

I'm a bit amazed to think just how good this boy's team might become when we fit Erik Anderson (11), Tanner Hosak (9), Byron Bard (11) and Kallen Bodily (12) into the line-up later in the season. These four along with Jon Cameron, Jared Barton and Will Erikson were unable to participate in the time trail due to other commitments.

The girls were not to be outdone by the boy's team. Beth Donovan and Anne Danczyk both went out fast and finished strongly to lead the girls across the finish line. Beth ran a personal best for three miles with her finishing time of 19:30. With the season of training ahead of us, I wouldn't be surprised to see her run a least a minute faster by the second half of the season. Her time ranks her as the second fastest Lady Bulldog over the three-mile distance. Only school record holder Claire Anderson (19:08) has run faster.

Anne Danczyk came within seconds of breaking into the 19's with her second place finish (20:05). She gives the WHS team a strong 1-2 punch up front this season. The next three runners really took big strides at making the Whitefish team a contender for the state title this season with there strong opening races. Lauren Kuennen, 11 (20:37), Janna Rozar, 12 (20:44), and Clare Miller 11 (20:44) show great team depth in the scoring positions and they finished in thrid, fourth and fifth position.

With a typical progression in front of us, with the harder workouts that we will be doing this season, I fully expect that our top five will all be under twenty minutes by the second half of the season. This certainly gives us a chance at running for the team championship this fall, along with Ronan, Havre, Lewiston and Miles City. It seems to be crowded at the top, but I think our team fits in really well this season.

Natalie Kearns, 10 (22:12) led newcomers Loni Hanson, 9 (22:21) and Kelly Beiser, 10 (22:25) across the line. These three, along with Megan Shaver, 10 (23:14) lead the depth charges for the ladies team. It's really nice that these four are so young. They have huge potential and all four could end up improving quite a bit by the end of the season.

There were quite a few other runners that really stood out as well. For the boys it was the improvement of Shane Hanson who ran nearly 3 minutes faster than he did at last season's time trial. Newcomer Wes Beougher, a junior nearly breaking twenty minutes for his first 3 mile race. Daniel Gibbs ran a personal best of 21:14 during the time trial.

For the ladies, others that left a lasting impression would be senior co-captain Danielle Rogers. She ran nearly four minutes faster at this year's time trail than she had at the previous year's run. Emily Loesch and Kim Aldinger showing their inner strength and fortitude by finishing a 3 mile race in their first cross country season. May Kohnstamm with her exciting stretch run, not giving an inch to the other runner, all the way to the finish line. Wow!