I intended to write this much earlier, so I apologize for being so late. – Coach Zentz
As expected, the Mountain West Classic was full of thrills – starting with a snowy adventure driving over McDonald Pass en route to UM Golf Course in Missoula.
Sophomore Kylie Hartnett highlighted the Bengals’ strong showing with a championship in the girls division, racing to the finish line in 18:08 to best her nearest competition by 24 seconds. Her victory paced the girls to a fifth-place finish and third among Montana teams. Hartnett led from start to finish and added distance to her lead throughout the race.
Sophomore’s Odessa Zentz and Rylie Schoenfeld picked off several runners late in the race finished near even for the second consecutive week. This time, the duo posted times of 19:58 in 24th and 26th, respectively, in a race that featured 42 complete teams and 321 athletes. Sophomore Carly Ryan was next for Helena in 41st (20:24) and senior Alyssa Plant rounded out the team’s scoring in 59th (20:40). Sophomore Kylee Wetzel placed 87th in 21:12 and freshman Lexi Erdahl was 131st in 21:56.
The Bengals finished with 138 points, while the Bozeman juggernaut rolled to an impressive 40 points, and was followed by Hellgate (78), Post Falls, Idaho (125) and Lewis and Clark of Spokane, Wash. (127).
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On the boys side, senior Jonah Fisher led the charge for the seventh-place Bengals (fourth among Montana teams) with a time of 16:47 in 30th place. Trystan Brewer wasn’t too far behind Fisher in 36th (16:56) and senior Clayton Ryerson posted a strong effort in 43rd with a time of 17:02. Helena’s fourth scoring runners was Sam Sullivan in 85th (17:41) and junior Robert Wagner put together a strong varsity debut as the Bengals’ sixth runner in 93rd with a finish in 17:47.
Sixth for HHS was senior Grayson Bonilla in 133rd (18:10), and senior Kaden Jenkins placed 195th in 18:43.
Bozeman picked up the team victory with 65 points and was followed by Hellgate (94), Lewis and Clark (149), Central Valley, Spokane (154), Gonzaga Prep, Spokane (167), Sentinel (257) and Helena (276).
The boys individual race was dominated by Lewis and Clark’s Wil Smith, who claimed the championship for the second consecutive year, this time winning in 15:35. Glacier’s Simon Hill was the top Montanan in 16:03. The boys race included 53 full teams and 376 runners.
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In junior varsity competition, Helena’s girls finished seventh and were led by sophomores Olivia Huber (22:58) and Breanna Brewer (23:03) in 53rd and 55th. Also scoring for the Bengals were sophomore Grace Oelkers (81st, 23:36), sophomore Hannah Romney (93rd, 23:47) and sophomore Olivia Coburn (94th, 23:47). Sophomore Naomi Sweeney (105th, 23:59) and senior Tatum McNamara (115th, 24:09) rounded out the top seven.
The Bengals finished with 227 points, while Bozeman (21), Lewis and Clark (55) and Central Valley (71) claimed the top three spots.
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On the boys side, Helena placed ninth with 282 points, while Bozeman (32), Lewis and Clark (63) and Gonzaga Prep (72) finished first through third.
Junior Dallin Christensen paced the Bengals with a 31st-place finish in 18:31. Fellow junior Ethan Nelson followed him across the line in 18:36, good enough for 38th, while senior Roy Rindal was 60th (18:56) and freshmen Mason Roush (19:25) and Adam Ryland-Davis (19:33) placed 100th and 110th, respectively. Helena’s sixth and seventh finishers were sophomore Evan Stefaniak (195th, 20:24) and freshman Taylor Parisot (207th, 20:31).
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