State Meet Information

Apologies for getting this posted so late.

It’s finally here and the kids are ready to roll. The 2018 state meet is shaping up to be a great weekend for running, and the kids deserve it after putting in so much hard for that past five months – ranging from summer runs in the dreadful August heat to chilly outings in the snow this fall. It all comes down to this and we couldn’t be more excited for this amazing group of Bengals. Believe and be positive!

  • Bus leave time: 7:30 a.m. Saturday (Athletes, arrive 15 minutes early so we’re settled and ready to roll.)
  • Meet Schedule
    • 11:00 am C-Girls At conclusion, C Girls’ individual awards
    • 11:35 am AA-Girls At conclusion, AA Girls’ individual awards
    • 12:10 pm C-Boys At conclusion, C Boys’ individual awards
      and C boys’/girls’ team trophies
    • 12:40 pm AA-Boys At conclusion, AA Boys’ individual awards
      and AA boys’/girls’ team trophies
    • 1:10 pm A-Girls At conclusion, A girls’ individual awards
    • 1:45 pm B-Girls At conclusion, B girls’ individual awards
    • 2:20 pm A-Boys At conclusion, A boys’ individual awards
      and a boys’/girls’ team trophies
    • 2:50 pm B-Boys At conclusion, B boys’ individual awards
      and B boys’/girls’ team trophies
  • Morning reminder: Eat a balanced breakfast you know your stomach can handle to ensure your body if fueled and ready to go for the race.
  • Do not forget: Make sure you pack you uniform, spikes, team warmup gear, snacks, hydration and clothing for all weather conditions (we live in Montana and things can change at any moment); also bring money for a meal at the mall after the meet.


Crosstown Recap

Complete results | Team pictures | Helena IR story

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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.

Junior Varsity

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.

Crosstown Meet Info

Can you believe it’s here? Crosstown will mark the end of the official high school season for our Junior Varsity runners and a send-off to state for the Varsity squads. The meet is Wednesday, Oct. 10 at Bill Roberts Golf Course, and begins at 3 p.m. with the middle school boys and girls race. Please arrive early to cheer on the future Bengals and Bruins, as our programs owe a lot to the work our middle school coaches and athletes put in. We will also spend some time before the races to recognize seniors from both Helena schools.

Below, you’ll find meet information, including the school release time and other important details. At the bottom of this email, I have provided information about this week’s spaghetti feed.

Important Athlete Information

  1. Runners will be released from school at 2:20 p.m. and must find their own ride to Bill Roberts Golf Course
  2. Runners are required to stay at the golf course for the duration of the meet.
  3. Eat and hydrate properly throughout the day to ensure you’re not running on empty before the race.
  4. Dress warm and bring extra layers to ensure you’re not shivering or wet at the start of the race. The current forecast is calling for a high of 40 degrees with a chance of rain. Pack two trash bags – one to put over your backpack in the event of rain, and another to clean up after the meet.
  5. Wear your team gear (T-shirts and sweatshirts) throughout the meet to exhibit your school spirit and team pride.
  6. Pack your uniform and racing spikes or flats. This course consists of mostly grass with small sections of dirt trail. Spikes are recommended.
  7. The meet schedule is posted below, so please review it and plan your eating and hydration accordingly.

Meet schedule:

  • 3 p.m. – Middle School Boys and Girls
  • 4:15 p.m. – High School Boys
  • 4:45 p.m. – High School Girls

Spaghetti Feed

This week’s spaghetti feed will be hosted by the Taylors, who are located at 11 Howard Beer Rd. in Montana City. Take the Montana City exit, turn right, go up Jackson Creek Rd. until you reach Howard Beer Rd (about 3 miles). Take Howard Beer Rd. and the Taylors are the first house with the barn on the hill. Contact number is 406-459-7658 in case you get lost.

Capital City 7 vs. 7 Recap

Complete results | Team pictures | Helena IR story


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Helena High’s girls held off Sheridan, Wyo. to claimed third behined Bozeman and Hellgate, and the Bengals boys finished fifth at the Capital City 7 vs. 7 on Thursday at Bill Roberts Golf Course in Helena.

All seven of Bozeman’s girls finished either first or second to edge Hellgate 11-12 for the championship, while Helena’s 44 points were just enough to secure it’s spot among the top three as Sheridan collected 46 and Flathead finished with 51.

Freshman Kylie Hartnett claimed fourth in the No. 1 race with a personal record of 18:39, senior Katelyn McKay was eighth in the No. 2 race in 20:29, freshman Kylee Wetzel claimed fourth in the No. 3 race in a PR 19:59, freshman Rylie Schoenfeld was fourth in the No. 4 race in a PR 20:04, and senior Jasmine Wilkerson also posted a PR in third in the No. 5 race with a time of 20:18.

But what makes the 7 vs. 7 unique is a scoring format that includes the places of runners No. 6 and 7, and serving dutifully in those positions for the Bengals were junior Alyssa Plant (16th, 23:08) and senior Paige Aasved (5th, 21:57).

The team championship wasn’t settled until the final race as the No. 1s faced off. Billings Senior standout Tiahna Vladic ran away with the victory in 17:35, while Bozeman’s Terra Trom pulled away from Hellgate’s Ember Stratton to seal the Hawks’ victory. Hartnett wasn’t too far behind the vets and was one of nine runner’s to crack the 19-minute barrier.

On the boys side, junior Jonah Fisher clocked the Bengals’ top time with a 10th-place finish in the No. 1 race in 16:45. Helena’s 2, 3 and 4 runners all finished within a couple seconds of each other, despite running in different races.

Senior Zane Roush (17:04) was eighth in the No. 2 race, junior Clayton Ryerson (17:04) was fourth in the No. 3 race, and sophomore Trystan Brewer (17:06) placed third in the No. 4 race. Junior Sam Sullivan matched his personal record of 17:37 to finish sixth in the No. 5 race, while No. 6 and 7 runners Nick Pida (18:18) and senior Eric Carlson (19:24) were 11th and 19th.

Helena’s boys finished with 61 points behind a logjam of teams that finished well back of Bozeman’s 11 points. Sentinel and Hellgate were second and third with 35, while Glacier was fourth with 38.

Junior Varsity

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Helena High’s junior varsity girls finished an impressive third at the Capital City 7 vs. 7, which is considered the JV state championship as it includes only the 14 AA schools in Montana.

Hellgate edged Bozeman for the championship with 25 points, bettering the Hawks’ 37, while the Bengals totaled 109. Through runners 1-4, Helena and Billings West were tied at 84 points apiece, but sophomore Maddy Murgel’s 25th-place finish in team scoring was more than enough to secure the top-three showing for the Bengals.

Freshman Breanna Brewer paced the Bengals in 21st with a time of 21:45, while freshman Grace Oelkers (27th, 22:09, PR), freshman Carly Ryan (28th, 22:09, PR) and junior Jordynn Greve (30th, 22:14, PR) and Murgel (31st, 22:15) completed the scoring pack. Freshman Hannah Romney (41st, 22:42, PR), senior Payton Aasved (46th, 22:49, PR) and freshman Annie Menden (47th, 22:49, PR) also finished among the top 50.

Freshman Robin Triem and senior Janelle Swanson weren’t too far back and dipped under 24 minutes with personal records of 23:21 and 23:28, respectively.

On the boys side, Helena’s JV squad had one of its stronger performances this season to finish seventh behind sophomore Ethan Nelson’s 40th-place finish with a personal best of 18:42.

Junior Roy Rindal also posted a lifetime best in 52nd with a time of 18:52, while junior Boyd Stutz (59th, 18:58) ran a season best and junior Grayson Bonilla (60th, 18:59) just snuck under 19 minutes. Sophomore Dallin Christensen continued to show promise as Helena’s fifth runner with a personal best of 19:08 in 67th place.

Bozeman won the team title with 18 points, while Hellgate was second with 71 and Billings West claimed third with 86. The Bengals finished with 234.

Sophomore Ian Lovshin (19:41), junior Jaron Pollard (20:28), junior Kyle Markoviks (21:15) and senior Coby Sena (21:52) all ran season bests, while freshman Evan Stefaniak (20:38) clocked a personal best.


7 of 7 Meet Information

Meet No. 5 is the Capital City 7 of 7, being held Thursday, Oct. 4 at the Bill Roberts Golf Course in Helena. Below, you’ll find meet information, including school release time and other important details. This is a unique format, allowing all seven varsity runners an opportunity to contend for a top position in each race. The junior varsity competition is often referred to as the unofficial junior varsity state meet, as all 14 AA schools will face off.

At the bottom of this email, I have provided information about this week’s spaghetti feed.

Important Athlete Information

  1. Runners will be released from school at 10:45 a.m. and must find their own ride to Bill Roberts Golf Course
  2. Runners are required to stay at the golf course for the duration of the meet.
  3. Pack a lunch, and also bring snacks and water/sports drink.
  4. Wear your team gear (T-shirts and sweatshirts) throughout the meet to exhibit your school spirit and team pride.
  5. Pack your uniform and racing spikes or flats. This course consists of mostly grass with small sections of dirt trail. Spikes are recommended.
  6. The forecast looks cool/cold. Bring warm gear that you can layer, along with rain gear. Pack two trash bags – one to put over your backpack in the event of rain, and another to clean up after the meet.
  7. The meet schedule is posted below, so please review it and plan your eating and hydration accordingly.

Meet schedule:

  • 11:30 a.m. – Walk Course
  • 12:30 p.m. – AA J.V. Girls
  • 1:05 p.m. – AA J.V. Boys
  • 1:45 p.m. – #7 Runners Boys & Girls
  •  2:15 p.m. – #6 Runners Boys & Girls
  • 2:45 p.m. – #5 Runners Boys & Girls
  • 3:15 p.m. – #4 Runners Boys & Girls
  • 3:45 p.m. – #3 Runners Boys & Girls
  • 4:15 p.m. – #2 Runners Boys & Girls
  • 4:45 p.m. – #1 Runners Boys & Girls

Spaghetti Feed

The McNamara’s are hosting this week’s spaghetti feed on Wednesday night after practice.  There are still quite a few things that need to be addressed on the volunteer link – if you are able please take a look and help where you can.  The address is 16 Bitterroot Mountain Road in Montana City.  Google directions take you to the wrong house so here’s the directions: Take the Montana City Exit off I15 – left over the freeway and then the first right turn (by Papa Rays) – proceed up the mountain about a mile and take a right on Bitterroot Mountain Rd – the house is at the end of the cul de sac on the right – phone 558-9334. Please make sure everything is delivered and ready to go by 4:30.

Postseason Information: NXR and more!

Parents and athletes, to provide additional competitive (and fun) opportunities for the team, I have created a document that details three meets that arrive on the calendar after the AA state meet. Click here to check out the postseason opportunities.

These are voluntary events, but are highly recommended for those who are interested.


While Nike Cross Regionals is the third of these events on the calendar, I do need to know who will be attending no later than October 10 to ensure I can confirm lodging, order uniforms and organize travel in advance. Teams are not allowed to race in their high school uniforms, which is why we will race in Helena Vigilante Runners singlets and under that name. At this time I have six confirmations (Nick Pida, Zane Roush, Jonah Fisher, Eric Carlson, Ian Lovshin, and my daughter Odessa). Email me at ASAP if you are interested in traveling to Boise for this meet.

Girls 6th, boys 12th at prestigious MWC

Complete results | Team pictures | Helena IR story


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Varsity: Hartnett leads girls to sixth, boys 12th

Freshman Kylie Hartnett confidently sprinted to the front of the pack at the start of the windy and cool Mountain West Classic in Missoula on Saturday, and finished eighth to pace the Helena High girls to a sixth-place finish.

Hartnett finished in a personal best 18 minutes, 54 seconds — 20 seconds faster than her previous record. Senior Katelyn McKay placed 39th in 20:10, freshman Kyle Wetzel was 53rd in 20:21 and freshman Rylie Schoenfeld finished 60th in 20:27 to buoy Hartnett’s effort. The Bengals fifth scoring runner was senior Paige Aasved in 175th with a time of 22:06. Helena’s sixth and seventh runners were freshman Breanna Brewer (22:07) in 179th and sophomore Maddy Murgel (23:02) in 237th.

Billings Senior’s Tiahna Vladic — the 2017 AA state champion — continued her dominant season with the individual victory in 17:48, 28 seconds ahead of Hellgate’s Ember Stratton.

The young Bengal girls finished with 328 points, while Hellgate (50 points) edged defending AA state champ Bozeman (54) for the title, and Billings Senior (108) and Post Falls (291) — 10th in Idaho’s state 5A championships a year ago with the majority of that team back — were third and fourth, respectively.

The girls varsity field featured 384 runners and 52 teams with the requisite five runners required to register a team score. Another 19 teams featured at least one runner.

On the boys side, junior Jonah Fisher paced Helena to 12th place — sixth among Montana schools — with a time of 16:50 in 31st pace individually. Meanwhile, Flathead senior Ben Perrin dominated over the final half mile to pull away for a win in 15:38 — 9 seconds ahead of Will Smith, who placed sixth in last year’s Washington 4A championships for Spokane’s Lewis and Clark.

Senior Zane Roush continued his strong season for Helena in 47th with a time of 17:03, while junior Clayton Ryerson (17:17) placed 71st, sophomore Trystan Brewer (17:37) finished 106th and junior Sam Sullivan (17:57) was 147th. Helena’s sixth man, junior Nick Pida was 151st in 17:59, and senior Eric Carlson finished 299th in 19:14.

Roush and Fisher were among 48 athletes who averaged a pace of 5:30 per mile or faster.

The Bengals posted 402 points in 12th. Washington’s state champion and runner-up from a year ago dominated the team competition as Lewis and Clark (85) — ranked among the top teams in the country — defended its title and Spokane’s Central Valley (112) claimed second.

Reigning AA state champion Bozeman — placed third with 127 points to pace the Montana schools, while six of the top eight teams hailed from the fiercely competitive Greater Spokane (WA) League.

The boys field featured  whopping 446 athletes, resulting in a lot of jostling throughout the race and runners jockeyed for position. Sixty-two teams featured the requisite five athletes required to register a score, and another 12 teams featured at least one runner.

Junior Varsity: Girls third, boys


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Senior Jasmine Wilkerson placed fifth in the girls junior varsity race in 20:49, while freshman Carly Ryan (22:32, 35th place,  junior Alyssa Plant (22:37, 38th), freshman Naomi Sweeney (22:44, 42nd) and freshman Grace Oelkers (22:46, 44th) all joined her in the top 50 to guide the Bengals to a third place finish.

Freshman Hannah Romney (23:05, 55th) and senior Payton Aasved (23:13, 63rd), meanwhile, weren’t too far behind as Helena sixth and seventh runners across the finish line. While only seven runners figure in the team scoring, Helena featured another 17 runners in the junior varsity field.

Perennial powers Hellgate and Bozeman finished first and second in the team race, with the Knights taking the top four places and scoring 18 points against Bozeman’s 43. Helena finished with 128 and Spokane’s Central Valley was fourth with 138. Those four schools accounted for 160 of the 531 athletes who toed the starting line.

Thirty-five schools fielded scoring teams, while another 30 featured at least one runner.

On the boys side, Helena finished 17th among 49 scoring teams and an additional 22 with at least one runner in the race, which featured 716 student-athletes from three states.

Sophomore Ethan Nelson paced the Bengals in 105th place with a time of 19:24, while juniors Boyd Stutz (19:43) and Roy Rindal (19:44) were about 20 seconds back in 151st and 155th.

Sophomore Dallin Christensen (19:50) and junior Grayson Bonilla (19:51) were Helena’s final scoring runners in 175th and 177th, and sophomores Ian Lovshin (19:58, 190th) and Westin LaPierre (19:58, 191) joined them under 20 minutes.

Freshman Evan Stefaniak enjoyed the biggest improvement among the entire boys team Saturday, running a personal record of 20:47.

For complete junior varsity results, click the results link at the top of this page.