Whitefish - 2006

Whitefish Invitational
2006 Results

Boys Team Scores:
1. Whitefish............20
2. Columbia Falls.......39
4. Frenchtown...........75

Boys Individual Results:
1. Ian Mallams..........15:59
3. Jacob Fern...........16:45
4. Erik Anderson........16:56
5. Joseph Alexander.....16:57
7. Blake Bjornson.......17:02
10. Nick Donovan........17:27
11. Michael Harrison....17:29
13. Pat McGunagle.......17:31
16. Michael Samdahl.....17:44
19. Byron Bard..........17:58
20. Wes Beougher........17:59
24. Tanner Hosek........18:16
27. Joe Guerri..........18:46
29. Nathan Topliff......19:10
30. Shane Hanson........19:15
31. Dylan Rice..........19:23
32. Jon Camerson........19:30
33. David Teeples.......19:32
36. Luke Knight.........20:10
39. Gentry Darkenwald...20:29
40. David Reimer........20:35
44. Jamie MacNamara.....21:36
45. Jared Barton........21:56
46. Daniel Gibbs........22:13
47. Ryan Rice...........23:23

Girls Team Scores:
1. Whitefish............21
2. Frenchtown...........42
3. Columbia Falls.......75

Girls Individual Results:
1. Beth Donovan.........19:30
2. Anne Danczyk.........19:59
3. Clare Miller.........20:12
7. Kelly Beiser.........20:58
8. Loni Hanson..........21:04
9. Cassie Schell........21:27
12. Natalie Kearns......21:31
13. Marni Hale..........21:45
14. Emily Jones.........21:45
25. Hannah Weaver.......23:04
26. Loie Russell-Templeton - 23:08
28. Katie McGunagle.....23:58
29. Mary Kohnstamm......24:04
30. Adriana Blanco......24:20
31. Megan Shaver........24:28
33. Danielle Rogers.....24:38
34. Alexa Holliday......24:57
36. Bailey Chauner......25:07
37. Maggie Wilson.......25:07
38. Mallory Phillips....25:07
40. Dani Gregory........25:58
41. Holly Cullen........26:52
42. Emily Loesch........26:53


Jr. High Boys
1. Jack Steele..........12:34


Jr. High Girls
1. Stella Holt..........13:03
5. Nicole Brist.........16:00

The Whitefish Cross Country Teams had the opportunity to host a meet on Saturday on their own campus course and they took advantage of the familiar surroundings to put together a great team showing in the results.

Originally, the meet was to include teams from Whitefish and Frenchtown in a dual meet format, but the late addition of the Columbia Falls teams created a larger meet, and more competition for the host teams. We really wanted to have a smaller meet at home. We've had a season of large invitational meets and we were looking for a competition that would allow for performance without the pressure. We have our two most important meets in front of us (Conference and State championships) and we wanted to head into them fresh and motivated.

The addition of Columbia Falls to the meet worked out just fine. It added a few more runners, and gave us a chance to run against one of the top contenders for the boy's conference championship to be held next weekend. Obviously, we were happy with our results.

Senior Ian Mallams led from the gun, passing the mile mark in roughly 5 minutes to solidify a lead that he would carry to the finish line. He ended up winning individual title by 46 seconds. I would have liked to have had Drew Coco out there to help him along, but we decided to rest him for one last weekend in an effort to allow him to overcome a nagging abdominal injury that he encountered a couple of weeks ago. It was more important for us to look ahead rather than risk his health at this meet.

Even without Coco, the Bulldogs had enough to overpower the two visiting teams. Jacob Fern led his teammates Erik Anderson and Joseph Alexander under the 17 minutes mark to sweep four of the top five positions. Senior Blake Bjornson finished strongly to finish in 7th position, just missing getting into the 16's by only a few seconds.

It's been a major goal for our runners to get into the 16's for 3 miles. We know that's what it's going to take for us to succeed at the State Championship. I think we have even more room for improvement within the next two weeks as we begin our taper for the big meets ahead.

The rest of the boy's team also took advantage of the competition to have great races as well. We had a lot of personal bests today. I think most of the boy's felt that they had a great day and they should be feeling good about their progress this season.

The Lady Bulldogs would also have a great day. Beth Donovan led the team with her individual victory in a time of 19:30 for the 3 mile distance. She was followed across the line by teammates Anne Danczyk and Clare Miller in second and third positions, respectively.

I would have loved to see Janna Rozar and Lauren Kuennen running among their teammates as they typically do, but both had been fighting health issues within the past couple of days, and it just seemed better for us to be a little cautious today.

Kelly Beiser, Loni Hanson and Cassie Schell did more than enough to cover their absence as they finished in the 7-8-9 positions. These three, along with the great performances of Natalie Kearns (12th), Marni Hale (13th) and Emily Jones (14th) give our team the enviable position of fantastic team depth that is unequalled by any Class A team in the State.

I had a feeling we would be strong this season, with the fact that we were returning our top seven from last season, but with the newcomers that we were fortunate enough to receive this year, has allowed us to really step up our level of competition. If someone had told me that we'd have eleven girls in the 21's or better this season, I would have thought them in need of a wake-up call. I think we've come a long ways in the past couple of seasons, and I think these girls are ready to show that they belong with the best that Class A can offer.

That challenge will come to reality this coming weekend as the Bulldogs head to the Northwestern A Divisional Championship hosted by Polson in Pablo. We've only been able to come away with a single Divisional win in the history of our program. (boys - 2001). Our Division has been an historic powerhouse in the state. It's always tough to defeat defending state champion teams at a divisional, but that's exactly what the Lady Bulldogs will need to do in an effort to capture their first divisional crown. I'm not sure if it's in the cards this year, with Ronan being so strong. They'll be running on their home course, with their home crowd. They'll be ready for us this year. It will take our best effort to finish ahead of them, but we're willing to run the race that we've run all season. I'm hoping that it will be enough to come out on top.

The Bulldog boy's team will enter the meet that will be wide open. Defending champion Ronan graduated most of last year's championship team. Columbia Falls and Polson both have competitive teams, and a rebuilt Ronan team will be looking to defend. I'd like to think we are a bit more top-heavy than the other teams, but we'll have to wait and look at the score after the meet.