Morley Wins State Title, Glacier Boys Place Second at State Cross Country

Glacier senior Annie Hill placed third in the Class AA girls race

By Dillon Tabish
Bigfork's Bryn Morley poses at Legends Stadium on May 31, 2017. Greg Lindstrom | Flathead Beacon

Bryn Morley capped her prep running career with one more Class B cross country state championship.

The senior from Bigfork clocked 18:30 to win her third individual championship at the state meet in Helena on Oct. 21.

Teammate Anya Young placed second, 19:52, and the Bigfork girls earned second as a team with 99 points. Manhattan won with 36.

Bigfork’s Alicia Kalena placed seventh, 21:09, Shae Anderson was 28th, 22:41, and Grace Stewart was 61st, 24:14.

The Glacier boys placed second as a team at the Class AA state championship cross country meet in Helena.

Aren Alexander-Battee placed ninth, 16:37, Simon Hill earned 10th, 16:41, and the Wolfpack tallied 123 team points to finish as runner-up. Bozeman won its 10th straight team title with 41 points and Cooper West of Great Falls C.M. Russell won the individual state title in 15:31.

Flathead runner Ben Perrin placed sixth, 16:18.

Among Glacier’s point scorers, Elijah Boyd placed 33rd, 17:17, Nash Grafe was 35th, 17:19, and Joseph Vanden Bos, was 36th, 17:19.

Flathead’s top finishers were Perrin, Alex Murphy, 34th place with 17:19, Kyle Calles, 40th place with 17:32, Keaton Fischer, 44th place with 17:34, and Griffin Fischer, 49th place with 17:43.

In the Class AA girls race, Glacier senior Annie Hill placed third, clocking 18:09. Defending champ Tiahna Vladic of Billings Senior placed second, 18:05, and Bozeman’s Camila Noe won in 17:28.

Flathead’s Kaitlin Wride placed eighth, 19:03. The Bravettes placed fourth as a team with 144 points. Tori Noland-Gillespie placed 18th, 19:40, Meaghan Fisher was 24th, 20:05, Hailey Allen was 43rd, 20:51, and Sadie Wilson was 51st, 21:02.

Glacier’s Kinzie Peterson placed 33rd, 20:27, Addie Labrum was 44th, 20:52, Emma McDonald was 54th, 21:09, and Adrian Schnee was 69th, 22:02.

Polson’s Beatrix Frissell won the Class A girls state championship, clocking 19:15. Teammate Naima Crowl placed third, 19:51, Molly Sliter placed 14th, 20:40, and the Polson girls tied for second as a team with Corvallis, each tallying 101 points. Hardin won the team trophy with 68 points. Whitefish’s Ella Greenberg placed eighth, 20:10.

Rounding out Polson’s top finishers, Nina Barfoot placed 39th, 22:00, and Gwen Seeley was 44th, 22:09.

For Whitefish, Jessica Henson placed 19th, 21:06, Braya Hobson was 25th, 21:27, Katie Arterburn was 27th, 21:35, and Jade Greenberg was 36th, 21:56.

For the Columbia Falls girls, Lara Erickson placed 37th, 21:59, Genevieve Delorme was 47th, 22:19, Raychel Hoerner was 71st, 23:23, Kara Mohr was 80th, 23:42, and Raina Crowell was 86th, 24:05.

For Libby, Lauren Thorstenson placed 26th, 21:28, Annika Thorstenson was 54th, 22:36, Isabella Hollingsworth was 92nd, 24:18, Sidney Stevenson was 108th, 25:03, and Halona Lafleur was 111th, 25:21.

On the boys side, Columbia Falls’ Gabe Knudsen placed fourth, 16:42. Teammate Joe Lamb placed 11th, 17:19, and the Wildcats earned a third-place team trophy with 144 points. Corvallis won the state title with 109 points and Laurel’s Levi Taylor won the individual title, 16:29.

Polson’s Quin Stewart placed seventh, 17:11.

Rounding out the top finishers for Columbia Falls, Seth Umbriaco placed 29th, 17:54, Beau Umbriaco was 44th, 17:54, and Aidan Jarvis was 56th, 18:27.

For Polson, Jonah Ducharme placed 26th, 17:52, Mason Sloan was 39th, 18:09, Andrew Reed was 61st, 18:34, and Zach Evertz was 63rd, 18:38.

For Whitefish, Miles Vrentas placed 32nd, 18:01, Bridger Gaertner was 37th, 18:09, Chris Sheehan was 53rd, 18:23, Eric Holdhusen was 72nd, 18:48, and Josh Weller was 86th, 19:00.

For Libby, Michael Diller placed 84th, 18:58, John Cheroske was 112th, 19:48, Ian Wood was 130th, 20:43, William O’Connell was 136th, 20:58, and Freddy Moore was 140th, 21:54.

Lincoln County placed fifth as a team in the Class B girls race. Mckay Guckenberg placed ninth overall, 21:18, Brooke Price was 19th, 21:59, Michelle Leonard was 56th, 24:09, Megan Hanson was 57th, 24:09, and Taylor Harpe was 72nd, 24:55.

The Lincoln County boys placed fifth with 188 points. Alex Lowe was 12th, 17:56, Garrett Bates was 18th, 18:22, Hunter Steele was 28th, 18:42, Hunter Carvey was 63rd, 19:42, and Rowan Neill was 67th, 19:49.

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