The high school has posted the track schedule for those that need to plan ahead.
A free public talk on eating disorders will be given on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. in the Bozeman Public Library for National Eating Disorder Awareness Week.
Caroline Hardin of Bozeman will give a presentation to help raise awareness of eating disorders and the impact they can have on individuals, families and communities.
(Beth, Caroline, Sarah, Andie, Bridget, Aja and Piper)
When Andie Creel of Bozeman, Caroline Hardin of Three Forks and Aja Starkey of Polson joined forces in Reno, Nevada in 2009 at the USATF Championships little did they know that 4 years later all three would be attending Bozeman High. In 2010 both Andie and Caroline were part of the first team from Bozeman to participate in the Cross Country National Championship sponsored by Nike. Together with Heidi Turner, Katie Keith, Michelle Kline, Katie Stephens and fellow freshman Brigid Bradshaw they took 11th overall. For the next two years the team worked hard by steadily increasing mileage, but illness and injuries placed them 3rd and 8th in the region when only the top two teams from each region are guaranteed a spot. At the same time Aja was trying to continue running in Polson and injuries caused her to switch to nordic skiing. Eventually she transferred to Bozeman to join the vigorous BSF program. After a successful nordic season in 2012/13 Aja decided to give running one more shot and joined the team for their summer running program. Strong juniors Bridget Creel, and Beth Jansma rounded out the top five and the team looked stronger than ever. The addition of freshman Piper Meuwissen added additional depth to a team with seemingly unfathomable JV depth. Newcomer Sara Foster looking promising in the team time trial, but knee troubles held her back at the beginning of the season. Once the season got going the team was a on a roll with a new top runner on a weekly basis and a totally unpredictable order for the top seven. At Mountain West the team ran the best team average ever in Montana and then at 7v7 they lowered that to 18:05 per runner. At state a record 6 girls made All State and the team had the lowest score ever for AA girls. An untimely illness for Maddie Powers left her off the Regional roster, but Sarah Foster was back to form and put up a great race. Finally at Regionals in Boise, Idaho a goal that so many had worked towards was accomplished. The team placed first over Bellarmine Prep. After working so hard towards this goal for four years there were a lot of happy tears.
The race is being broadcast online this weekend starting on Saturday at 10:30 Mountain time. The girls race at 11:05 Mountain time. Look for details at http://www.runnerspace.com/nxn
Lone Montana Representative Steve Daines wished the team good luck this morning from DC.
I grew up with Runner’s World coming to my house once a month. Back then it was Mary Decker, Greta Waitz, Bill Rogers, Frank Shorter and Alberto Salazar that grabbed my attention. I never thought I’d see the Bozeman “B” in Runner’s World. I don’t like to post rankings since I don’t often agree with them or how they do it, but this link to runningtimes.com has some pretty cool kids and coaches in a photo at the top of the page. NC
Cannon, Lake, Beach and Hill
When the cannon sounded in Boise, Idaho at the Nike Northwest Regional Andie Creel bravely led her team through the first turn and around the lake. By the beach Caroline Hardin, Aja Starkey and Piper Meuwissen had joined her in a tight pack at the mile mark. Bridget Creel and Sarah Foster were just behind them. As they headed towards the hill Caroline Hardin took over and led the team stongly over the hill. As they passed the start area Piper Meuwissen took charge for the team and bravely led them around the lake steadily picking off other team runners. By the 2nd time over the hill with a half mile remaining it was clear that they had the race in hand. Finally two hours after the race the top 21 girls took the podium with two girls from several teams taking all region honors includling Piper in 14th and Caroline in 18th. Third was announced as Camas led by Alexa Efraimson, the race leader, and then 2nd was “Roar” or Bellarmine Prep. Finally the moment came and Bozeman was announced as the winner with 78 points. Congrats to Bozeman XC for making their 2nd trip to Portland in 4 years. The last 4 years Bozeman has taken a 2nd, 3rd, 8th and now 1st. Two other Montana girls were at the front of the girls race. Makena Morley bravely duked it out with Alexa Efraimson as she ran her last prep race before Footlocker West. The top 5 individuals not on a qualifying team also go to NXN. Sophomore Christina Aragon took 6th place in an incredible race where she put everything out. With Makena opting out for Footlocker Christina also will be making the trip to Portland.