Annie Hill defended her title at the largest high school cross country meet in the state last weekend.
The Glacier sophomore and reigning champion in Class AA cruised to victory at the Mountain West Classic in Missoula on Saturday, crossing the finish line in 17:12.25. She won by 15 seconds over Christina Aragon of Billing Senior.
It was the second year in a row that Hill captured first at the massive meet at the University of Montana Golf Course. She won a year ago in 16:39, setting a new meet record and edging Bigfork’s Makena Morley.
Flathead’s Kaitlin Wride placed seventh, 18:23, and teammate Nicole Bouma earned 15th, 18:55.
In the boys race, Flathead’s Jake Perrin placed fifth, 15:46.66. He was the second best Montana runner behind Missoula Sentinel’s Marshall Beatty, who placed second in 15:17.86.
The Bozeman boys and girls won the team titles. This year’s event drew 71 teams from across the Pacific Northwest.
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