With just one week left before they take off for Missoula, the Glasgow cross country teams keep lowering their times, for the third straight week posting double digit runners with season best times.
Where it was the varsity girls that were slicing seconds off their times in Glasgow and Havre, it was the varsity boys that were setting record marks at the Miles City Invitational this weekend. Austin Green led the way for the Scotties, getting near the 17-minute mark for the second straight week while finishing 12th with a time of 17:06. Walt Dalbey finished in 23rd with a time of 17:44.
The biggest improvement came from the backend of the varsity lineup, a group that will need to be at its best over the next few weeks to give the boys a chance at that elusive state championship.
Bridger Sanders set a personal best time of 17:47 in Miles City, finishing 24th and shaving more than two minutes off his times from earlier this season. Gage Legare and Ben Kountz also set personal bests running together a few minutes back, Legare finishing 63rd with a time of 19:51 and Kountz in 64th with a time of 19:53.
The varsity girls continued to post extremely fast times, finishing all seven runners in the top 25 and all five scorers in the top 20. The girls have been dynamic this season, with seven girls who have times of less than 21 minutes. Last season, only the All-State runners posted times as fast in Helena.
Jami Johnson finished third overall at the race, finishing with a time of 18:51. Josie Braaten finished in seventh place, finishing in 19:21, Rachael Zeiger finished in 11th with a time of 20:01 and Emma Fewer finished in 12th in 20:06.
Amanda McDonald set a personal best time of 20:51 to finish in 20th place, a few spots ahead of Amanda Wolff, who finished 22nd with a time of 20:56. Ellen Walstad finished 24th with a time of 21:06.
The junior varsity girls had a banner day as well, with four posting season best times. Laurel Wageman finished 12th in the race with a time of 22:49, in front of Michelle Mulligan, who ran a season best time of 23:14 to finish in 18th. Kerry Hoffman finished 19th with a time of 23:31 and each of the last three runners, Madison Hansen, Danielle Belleau and Alyssa Hoffman, ran their best time this season.
On the boys' side, Jake Shawver finished 19th in 20:47, ahead of Parker Kulczyk and Skyler Sallee, who each set personal best times at the meet to finish 21st and 27th, respectively.
“We're still cutting time,” head coach Rod Karst said.
This week the runners are off to the Dodson Invitational for one last tune up before State. The meet was a midseason switch from the previously scheduled Culbertson Invitational. Dodson offers a much more forgiving course and a better atmosphere for the Scotties, though the competition may be light. The goal for the Scotties this week is to stay healthy and continue to lower times as they prepare for State in Missoula on Oct. 22.