The Helena High boys extended their Crosstown winning streak to 18, and the Bengal girls got back on the winning track with a strong win against their city rivals.
On the boys side, Capital senior Jesse McMurtrey took the individual crown in 16:49, but Helena claimed the next four spots with junior Jonah Fisher (16:59) in second, sophomore Trystan Brewer (17:09) in third, junior Clayton Ryerson (17:11) in fourth, and senior Zane Ryerson (17:13) in fifth.
Capital senior Peter Lund (17:23) and Bruin freshman Carlin Onstad (17:46) ran personal bests to place sixth and seventh, while Helena junior Sam Sullivan secured the Bengal victory in 8th with a time of 17:51. Bengal junior Nick Pida (18:08) and sophomore Ethan Nelson (18:46) finished 11th and 14th.
Helena’s boys finished with 22 points against Capital’s 33.
On the girls side, freshman Kylie Hartnett, who has been duking it out with the state’s best all season, led wire-to-wire to pick up her first victory in 19:21. Senior Jasmine Wilkerson was next in a personal best 20:03, and was followed closely by freshman Rylie Schoenfeld (20:07) in third and freshman Kylee Wetzel (20:27) in fourth.
Capital sophomore Emma Roher-Fitzhugh was fifth in 20:35, and Helena senior Katelyn McKay placed sixth in 21:09, giving the Bengals 16 points. Capital finished with 43.
The Helena High girls dominated junior varsity action with the first 14 finishers donning cardinal and white, while Capital’s boys earned a big victory against the Bengal boys.
Junior Jordynn Greve paced the Helena girls with the victory in 22:19, but freshman Carly Ryan (22:22) and junior Alyssa Plant (22:27) were nipping at her heels in second and third. Sophomore Maddy Murgel (22:40) was fourth and freshman Naomi Sweeney ran a personal best of 22:42 to secure the Bengals’ perfect score of 15 against Capital’s 50.
The next nine runners across the line were also Bengals, leaving the first Capital runner in 15th:
6. Hannah Romney, 22:44
7. Payton Aasved, 23:25
8. Janell Swanson, 23:34
9. Annie Menden, 23:45
10. Robin Triem, 23:50
11. Tatum McNamara, 23:53 SR
12. Madelyn Edwards, 24:17 PR
13. Reegan Walsh, 24:32 PR
14. Katelyn Hamill, 24:37 PR
The meet capped an outstanding season for the Bengal girls junior varsity. The team finished fourth or better in every meet, including third place at the prestigious Mountain West Classic and third at the Capital City 7 vs. 7, which serves as the unofficial JV state championship meet.
In the boys junior varsity race, Capital claimed the top four spots, with Helena finishing fifth through eighth. Capital also claimed ninth to earn the win with 19 points against Helena’s 36.
The Bengals’ top finisher was junior Grayson Bonilla (19:12) in fifth, but sophomore Ian Lovshin nearly caught him at the line with a big personal best of 19:12 in sixth. Senior Eric Carlson (19:14) placed eighth, and junior Roy Rindal (19:18) was fifth for Helena.
The Bengals’ fifth scoring runner was Boyd Stutz in 10th with a time of 19:23, holding off teammate and sophomore Dallin Christensen also in 19:23.