Boys 3rd, girls 4th at Bozeman Invite

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Boys Varsity Roundup

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Junior Jonah Fisher placed seventh in a lifetime 5-kilometer best of 16:19, and led the Helena High boys to a third-place finish at the Bozeman Invitational — only 7 points behind perennial power Hellgate, but just a point ahead of upstart Billings Senior. Ten-time defending state champion Bozeman won the team battle.

Playing a big role in Helena’s team performance was the impressive move by sophomore Trystan Brewer. The Bengals’ blond bullet shaved 40 seconds off his personal record (PR) to finish as the team’s No. 2 runner in 17th place with a time of 16:46.

Buoying his effort were junior Clayton Ryerson in a PR 16:53 in 20th, senior Zane Roush in a PR 17:10 in 29th, and junior Sam Sullivan in a PR 17:42 in 48th to round out the scoring five runners. Junior Nick Pida ran a PR 18:00 in 66th and senior Eric Carlson was 93rd in 18:47.

After posting a 1-5 gap of 1:41 in their first meet in Billings on August 31, the Bengals trimmed that difference to 1:23 in Bozeman.

Hellgate’s Ian Curtis won the individual crown in 16:10, while Bozeman placed four runners in the top six.

Next up, the Bengals will test their strength on Friday, September 14 when they travel to Great Falls Invitational at Anaconda Hills Golf Course. The course will be the first this season that offers up a full dose of hills.

Girls Varsity Roundup

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Freshman Kylie Hartnett continued her fast start to her Bengal career with a 17th-place finish in 20:01 to lead Helena to a fourth-place finish behind Hellgate, Bozeman and Billings Senior. Senior Katelyn McKay, meanwhile, wasn’t too far behind her teammate in 19th place with a time of 20:16.

The movers and shakers for Helena were another pair of freshman — Rylie Schoenfeld in 23rd and Kylie Wetzel in in 26th — who joined senior Jasmine Wilkerson in 25th. That group of three rounded out Helena’s scoring with determined group running. Schoenfeld ran a personal record of 20:30, Wilkerson finished in 20:32, and Wetzel trimmed nearly a minute off her personal record with a time of 20:34.

Rounding out Helena’s varsity squad were junior Alyssa Plant in 52nd (21:42), senior Paige Aasved in 62nd (22:19), sophomore Maddy Murgel in 68th (22:30) and senior Payton Aasved in 82nd (23:26).

The Bengals posted a 1-5 gap of 1:07 in Billings, and trimmed that to an impressive 33 seconds in Bozeman.

Senior Tiahna Vladic, of Billings Senior, picked up her second victory this season in 17:44, while team champion Hellgate finished with six runners in the top 12 to overcome Bozeman’s top three finishing third, fourth and fifth.

Bozeman Invitational Information

Meet No. 2 is Saturday, September 8 in Bozeman at Bridget Creek Golf Course, and below you’ll find meet information, including the schedule, bus leave time and locations for fan/parent parking. An image of the course map for athlete review and for parents looking for the best cheering locations is posted at the bottom.

Athletes

  1. Bus leaves Helena High School at 11:30 a.m. Saturday (please arrive by 11:15 a.m. to help load tents and to ensure you’re on the bus when the doors close).
  2. Bring food, water, and money for a meal on the return trip.
  3. Bring your uniform and racing spikes or flats. This course is mostly on grass with some dirt path.
  4. Wear your team gear (T-shirts and sweatshirts) on the bus and throughout the meet to exhibit your school and team pride.
  5. The meet schedule is posted below, so please review it and plan your eating and hydration accordingly. As you may notice, the varsity boys don’t run until 5:50 p.m. at the earliest, which is more than 6 hours after we depart Helena.

Tentative Schedule for the 2018 Bozeman XC Invite:

  • 3 p.m. – course opens for preview
  • 4 p.m. – JV Girls
  • 4:40 p.m. – Varsity Girls
  • 5:20 p.m. – JV Boys
  • 5:50 p.m. – Varsity Boys
  • 6:20 p.m. – Middle School Girls (race 2.3 km)
  • 6:40 p.m. – Middle School Boys (race 2.3 km)

Parents and Fans

Parking: The clubhouse parking lot is only open to golfers and handicapped parking for spectators. Organizers will have two shuttle buses to move bus drivers and fans from the Gallatin County Fairgrounds Oak Street lot to and from the golf course. There is parking along the side of McIlhatten Road but it will be narrow. Please park consciously as to allow for flow of traffic in the event of an emergency. Volunteers will be present to help direct traffic. We encourage parents and Bengal fans to use the Gallatin County Fairgrounds parking lot off Oak Street.

Bozeman XC

Billings Invitational Information

The Bengals kick off the season with both varsity and junior varsity runners at the Billings Invitational on Friday, August 31.

ATHLETES! The bus to Billings will leave from Helena High at 6 a.m. Friday, August 31, which means that athletes should arrive at the school no later than 5:45 a.m. to ensure they’re seated before the departure time. We will load our team tents, as well.

The meet begins at noon (schedule below) at Amend Park on the south side of Billings – conveniently located just off Interstate 90. Parents, you can click on the name of the park above for a Google maps location to ensure you arrive safely and on time to cheer the Bengals.

Also, because this is a new event for the Bengals, I created a map of the course below with help from the Senior and Skyview coaches. It is flat and very fast. In fact, most of the runners from the Billings schools established there PRs there at last year’s city meet. It also appears to be spectator friendly, featuring several spots where you can cheer our runners multiple times.

MEET SCHEDULE

  • 11:30 am: Self-guided walkthrough
  • 12 pm: Junior Varsity Girls
  • 12:25 pm: Varsity Girls
  • 12:50 pm: Junior Varsity Boys
  • 1:25 pm: Varsity Boys

COURSE MAP

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Snag some Bengal XC gear to show your true colors

For a short time (through Friday, August 17), Bengal cross country Under Armour apparel can be purchased online through a store set up in coordination with Universal Athletic.

If you’re interested in getting a few extra items or just one, head on over to hhsxc18.itemorder.com and enjoy the shopping. There are some great options, including long sleeve and short sleeve shirts, sweatshirts, bags, and beanies, available in multiple colors.

2018 Season Information

The 2018 cross country season is right around the corner and that means paperwork needs to be completed before the first official practice.

A completed physical form and signed concussion form is required. Bring the completed forms the first day of practice at 7 a.m. Monday, August 13 at the Helena Middle School parking lot. All required forms can be found on the Activities Home Page as well as the HHS Main Office. The cost is $70 for the first sport, which includes the required activity ticket.

First Practice Day: Monday August 13, 2018. Meet at 7 a.m. at Helena Middle School in the main parking lot. Runners must have:

  • Physical completed
  • Concussion statement
  • Activities procedure regarding alcohol, tobacco and drug use & general code of conduct.

Parent Meeting: Monday, August 13th at 6 pm at Helena Middle School – on the outside bleachers.

First Meet: Billings Invitational, 12 p.m. Friday, August 31, Amend Park

To compete in the first meet, runners must participate in at least 10 days of official practice. The first and second week of practice, we will meet every day at 7 a.m. at Helena Middle School. On Tuesday and Thursday, we will also meet in the evening at 7 p.m. We will also meet on that first Saturday at the Mount Helena Parking Lot at 8 am for a trail run. On Saturday, August 25, we will meet at 8 a.m. at Helena Middle School.

Beginning Monday, August 27, we will meet at 3:30 p.m. SHARP in the upper gym at Helena High School. Arrive on time, so we can begin practice in a timely fashion.

Team pictures will be taken on Thursday, August 16 at 7 a.m. during the morning practice.

If you have any questions, please use the contact form below.

 

 

2018 Summer Training Plan

Hello Bengals. We can’t wait to get started, and with that in mind, the 2018 summer training plan has been posted and can be viewed by clicking here, or by visiting the “Training” portion of the website.

Summer training begins Monday, June 11 and continues through mid-August, when the official season begins. All practices throughout the summer (Monday-Friday) will begin at 7 a.m. from the Helena Middle School parking lot next to Vigilante Stadium. Please try to arrive a little early to ensure we can get started on time.

As noted above, we will only meet five times per week, but the training plan does indicate Saturday runs that you’re encouraged to do on your own or by organizing with your teammates to complete together.

We can’t wait to see all of you and to welcome our newest additions to the team. Go Bengals!

Winter Track Training Plan Posted

I have posted a winter training guide on the Training page, which you are encouraged to use as you train throughout the winter in preparation for the 2018 track and field season.

In that page, you’ll find training plans split into three-week sessions. Initially, I have only posted weeks 1-3, and after communicating with those of you using the plans, I will evaluate and post further weeks to ensure the training is working well for you, and to determine whether we need to make adjustments.

You will notice I have included some suggested winter road races and track and field events in the training schedule. Those events can provide great fitness markers that can be used to properly adjust training and recovery to ensure you arrive at the start of the track and field season fired up, healthy and fit.

Also on the Training page, you’ll find Training Paces, which should be used until they are updated after a few weeks following this program.

Last thing. Please take the more cautious route out of the blocks. There’s no reason to go crazy right from the start and to bite off more than you can chew. Level 1 should be accessible for everyone on the team, and Level 2 is where the more experienced runners should be by the time we reach the actual season. Level 3, for now, isn’t something many runners on this team are yet prepared for, based on training age and experience.

Check in with me regularly and let me know how the training is going. I will try to meet with some of you for some running this winter, and as we get closer to some of the road races and indoor meets, I can help with coordination, etc.

Happy running!