In Missoula on Saturday to Bozeman Boys got the state cross country meet off to a bang with Jason Holmes dueling Helena’s Aiden Reid up up front and a strong pack of scoring Hawks moving steadily into the top 11 positions to earn a extremely low score of 30 points. All five scorers were allstate. After battling for over 2 miles Jason pulled away to win in 15:13 which is an individual record on the Missoula State Meet course. He bumped Bozeman’s own Jacob Woodland out of contention. The boys team combined to have a 15:38 team average which moves them into 6th on the all time list of teams from state. The Helena Independent Review posted a great photo of Jason and Aiden together at the hill.
In the girls race the Bozeman girls packed up nicely at the mile with all five scoring runners already engaged in a strategic race. In the 2nd mile Caroline and Bridget were still with Christina and Sabrina Sterbis at the hill. Coming off the hill Christina separated herself from the pack and threw down a 5:25 last mile to take the win in 17:31 just 6 seconds off of Caroline’s Missoula State Course Record from 2011. Sabrina made a hard move from 4th to 2nd in the last half mile with Caroline on her heels. The Hawks took 3-4-5-6-10 to earn the lowest AA girls score ever in Montana. 15th place Beth Jansma rounded out the All-State runners for the Hawks making the 2013 team the first ever girls team with 6 All-State runners. The team average of 18:17 placed the Hawks 2nd on the list after the Bozeman 2011 team. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle did some nice interviews with the girls after the race. The Missoulian also had a very nice post race article.
In the girl’s Class B race Makena Morley raced to an all class record of 16:35. Dyestat currently ranks Makena 9th and editor Doug Binder noted on the message board that “I’ve got her ranked US#9 but evidently that’s too low”.