Morley Caps Busy Weekend with Bloomsday Success

By Beacon Staff

Makena Morley, the sensational sophomore distance runner from Bigfork, covered a lot of ground last weekend.

On Saturday, Morley won the 3,200 meter race at Archie Roe in 10:40.75, a personal best in the state of Montana and 13 seconds off Zoe Nelson’s 2004 meet record.

Then on Sunday, Morley and her family traveled to Spokane where they continued their tradition of participating in Bloomsday, the popular 12K race that annually draws more than 50,000 runners. The 16-year-old Morley ran 7.46 miles in 44:01 to place 102nd overall and 17th out of 27,959 females. Morley’s father, Steve, finished Bloomsday in 42:51 and placed 79th overall.

James Rucker of Whitefish finished in 42:41 and placed 76th. He placed third among 1,936 runners from Montana and Steve Morley earned fourth. Jacob Bradosky of Great Falls was the top finisher from the state, at 38:20, followed by Seth Grossman, a former Flathead runner who lives in Great Falls. Grossman clocked 42:28.

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