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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.

IMPORTANT DEADLINE!

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 jzentz@gmail.com 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.

 

Mountain West Classic Info

Meet No. 5 is the Mountain West Classic, being held Saturday, September 29 at the University of Montana Golf Course in Missoula. Below, you’ll find meet information, including the schedule, bus leave time and other important details. This should be a fantastic meet, as all about 80 high schools schools from Montana, Idaho and Washington will be in action.

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

Important Athlete Information

  1. Buses leaves Helena High School at 6 a.m. Saturday. SET YOUR ALARM AND DON’T BE LATE! It is imperative that we leave for Missoula on time.
  2. Pack a lunch, and also bring snacks, water/sports drink, and money for a meal on the return trip.
  3. Wear your team gear (T-shirts and sweatshirts) on the bus and throughout the meet to exhibit your school spirit and team pride.
  4. Pack your uniform and racing spikes or flats. This course consists of mostly grass with small sections of dirt trail. Short spikes are recommended. The course is moderate in difficulty with gradual incline/declines and one hill. The altitude is 3,100 feet.
  5. The forecast looks good, but bring rain gear, and pack two trash bags – one to put over your backpack in the event of rain, and another to clean up after the meet.
  6. The meet schedule is posted below, so please review it and plan your eating and hydration accordingly.

Meet schedule:

  • 9:30 am – JV Girls
  • 10:15 am – JV Boys
  • 11:00 am – Varsity Boys
  • 11:45 am – Varsity Girls
  • 12:20 pm – Middle School Boys (Race 1.3 miles)
  • 12:45 pm – Middle School Girls (Race 1.3 miles)

Spaghetti Feed

The Roush family is hosting the spaghetti feed at 910 Choteau St. on Friday after practice. The Roush’s phone number is 406-465-2311 if you get lost and need directions.

Bengal girls, boys third in Butte

Complete results | Team pictures | Helena IR story

Varsity Girls

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Freshman Kylie Hartnett galloped to a runner-up finish in a personal record (PR) of 19:15 to lead the Bengals to third place, and just one point out of second, at the Butte Invitational on Thursday, Sept. 20 at Fairmont Hot Springs Golf Course.

And while Hartnett stole the show, she wasn’t the only Bengal who made a big move. Senior Katelyn McKay posted a PR of 19:56 in ninth place, and freshmen Kylee Wetzel (20:08) and Rylie Schoenfeld (20:14) also posted their PRs in 15th and 17th, respectively.

Also, senior Paige Aasved (21:27) and freshmen Breanna Brewer (21:28) chalked up PRs in 46th and 48th place. Junior Alyssa Plant finished in 22:25 to round out the varsity results for Helena, which has now finished second, third, first and third in its first four competitions this season.

The Butte meet marked the end of the first half of the schedule for the varsity team, as the state meet is now a month away for the upstart squad. After Mountain West in Missoula next weekend, the Bengals wrap up the regular season with two home meets – 7 vs. 7 and Crosstown – before finishing state on October 26.

Varsity Boys

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Helena’s top four boys all finished within 6 seconds of each other to lead the Bengals to a third-place finish behind Missoula Sentinel and Billings Senior.

Sentinel finished with 88 points, Senior totaled 93 and Helena posted 115. Glacier wasn’t too far back in fourth with 128 at a meet that featured 12 of 14 AA schools.

Junior Jonah Fisher led the way in 16:51 for 14th place, sophomore Trystan Brewer was 17th in 16:53, and senior Zane Roush and junior Clayton Ryerson both crossed the finish line in 16:57 for 19th and 20th place, respectively. Junior Sam Sullivan rounded out the Bengals’ scoring in a personal best of 17:37, which was good enough for 45th.

It was a breakthrough day  for four Bengals, as Roush and Sullivan each posted PRs, along with junior Nick Pida and senior Eric Carlson in 17:58 (59th) and 18:45 (100th).

Junior Varsity Girls

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Awaiting official results for team recap. Results on Athletic.net are currently mixed in with with varsity results. WILL UPDATE

Sophomore Maddy Murgel paced the girls junior varsity squad with a fifth-place finish in an SR of 22:13.

Junior Jordynn Greve was the team’s second runner in an SR of 22:59, freshman Grace Oelkers chalked up a time of 23:13, senior Janelle Swanson ran a PR of 23:30, and senior Payton Aasved finished in 23:33 to complete the JV squad’s scoring.

Four additional junior varsity runners also posted lifetime bests, while four others posted their best times this season:

  • Tamara O’Leary, junior, 24:12 (PR, 1:21 improvement)
  • Olivia Huber, freshman, 24:47 (PR, 53-second improvement)
  • Laurel Maronick, freshman, 24:54 (PR, 45-second improvement)
  • Sage Eck-Miller, sophomore, 25:12 (SR, 18-second improvement)
  • Tatum McNamara, junior, 25:12 (season debut)
  • Riley Thennis, senior, 25:24 (SR, 14-second improvement)
  • Madelyn Edwards, sophomore, 25:43 (PR, 8-second improvement)
  • Robin Triem, freshman, 26:03 (11 seconds shy of PR)
  • Savannah Withrow, junior, 26:40 (SR, 32-second improvement)
  • Erin Grossman, freshman, 26:54
  • Morgan Taylor, senior, 30:48 (SR, 33-second improvement)
  • Alexa Randall, freshman, 41:19 (high school debut)

Junior Varsity Boys

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Junior Grayson Bonilla chalked up a 45-second PR and sophomore Ethan Nelson was just off his shoulder finishing 3 seconds shy of his best as the two Bengals finished 26th and 27th in 18:53 to lead the squad to a sixth-place finish. Nelson’s time was a season record (SR).

Sophomore Dallin Christensen ran a 20-second PR in 19:13 to place 37th, while junior Boyd Stutz matched his SR (19:25) to place 51st, and junior Roy Rindal was 53rd with a PR of 19:26 to round out Helena’s scoring from the top five runners.

Three additional junior varsity runners also posted lifetime bests, while two others posted their best times this season:

  • Westin LaPierre, sophomore, 71st, 19:45 (PR, 19-second improvement)
  • Ian Lovshin, sophomore, 72nd, 19:47 (SR, 23-second improvement, 14 seconds shy of PR)
  • Devin LaPierre, sophomore, 93rd, 20:00 (PR, 1:20 improvement)
  • Evan Stefaniak, freshman, 148th, 21:09 (PR, 25-second improvement)
  • Kyle Markovics, junior, 209, 22:30
  • Coby Sena, senior, 243rd, 23:24 (SR, 1:10 improvement)

Up next

The Bengals return to action Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Mountain West Classic in Missoula, which will serve as an opportunity for the Bengals to preview the state meet course at University of Montana Golf Course.

Butte Invitational Information

Meet No. 4 is the Butte Invitational, being held Thursday, September 20 at Fairmont Hot Springs. Below, you’ll find meet information, including the schedule, bus leave time and other important details. This should be a fantastic meet, as all 14 AA schools will be toeing the line, along with another 24 smaller schools.

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

Important Athlete Information

  1. Bus leaves Helena High School at 11:45 a.m. Thursday. You will be released from class at 11:05 a.m., following third period. Please stay close to campus after release to ensure you are on the bus before the departure time.
  2. Pack a lunch, and also bring snacks, water/sports drink, and money for a meal on the return trip.
  3. Wear your team gear (T-shirts and sweatshirts) on the bus and throughout the meet to exhibit your school spirit and team pride.
  4. Pack your uniform and racing spikes or flats. This course is mostly on grass with some dirt path. This is bold, because this was an issue last week.
  5. The forecast looks good, but bring rain gear, and pack two trash bags – one to put over your backpack in the event of rain, and another to clean up after the meet.
  6. The meet schedule is posted below, so please review it and plan your eating and hydration accordingly.

Meet schedule:

  • 3 p.m., Girls Junior Varsity
  • 3:30 p.m., Boys Junior Varsity
  • 4 p.m., Girls Varsity
  • 4:30 p.m., Boys Varsity
  • 5 p.m., Boys and Girls Middle School

Spaghetti Feed

The Fisher’s are hosting this week’s spaghetti feed on Wednesday after practice. Their address is 720 E. 6th Ave and their phone number is 431-5472. There are still a few items that need to be filled (bread and fruit salad) please go to the signup link if you are able to help: https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/2404156/false#/invitation

Bengal girls, boys win pools at Great Falls Invite

Complete results | Team pictures | Helena IR story

Varsity Girls

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The Helena High girls stole the show at the Great Falls Invitational, securing a perfect score in a three-team pool against Big Sky and Great Falls at Anaconda Hills Golf Course on Friday, September 14.

Freshman Kyle Hartnett led the team across the finish line for the third time this season, this time collecting her first high school victory in a time of 20:23 on the hilly 5-kilometer course.

She was followed across the finish line by senior Katelyn McKay (21:16), freshman Rylie Schoenfeld (21:35), senior Jasmine Wilkerson (21:38), and freshman Kylee Wetzel (21:39), giving the Bengals a score of 15 points. Senior Paige Aasved placed seventh and junior Alyssa Plant finished seventh and 10th to complete the dominant performance in 21:17 and 24:05, respectively.

Hartnett led from the start, while McKay, Schoenfeld, Wilkerson, and Wetzel took turns shadowing Big Sky senior Madison Edwards before moving past her and successfully stretching their advantage through the finish line.

The meet featured 10 teams, slit up into pools of three or four teams. While the Bengals only faced Big Sky and Great Falls on the course, in the combined team scoring , they placed third behind Bozeman and Hellgate. Hartnett posted the fifth-fastest time on the course.

Varsity Boys

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Helena High’s top four boys finished within 21 seconds of each other in second, third fourth, and fifth, and No. 5 runner Sam Sullivan secured eighth place to complete a dominant showing.

The Bengals finished with 22 points, ahead of Great Falls with 48, and Big Sky with 55. In combined team scoring against the remaining seven teams in Great Falls, Helena finished an impressive second behind Bozeman, while Billings Senior and Hellgate were close behind in third and fourth.

On the course in the Bengals’ showdown with Great Falls and Big Sky, Helena junior Jonah Fisher led early, but couldn’t hold off eventual winner Sean Stineford of Big Sky. Stineford finished in 17:27, while Fisher completed his run in 17:42.

Close behind were Bengal junior Clayton Ryerson (17:51), sophomore Trystan Brewer (17:59), and senior Zane Roush (18:03). Sullivan finished in 18:42 to round out Helena’s scoring. The Bengals’ No. 6 and 7 runners were Nick Pida in 11th (19:32) and Eric Carlson in 18th (19:56).

Fisher’s time was the 10th-fastest overall, while Stineford wound up fifth in the combined report.

Girls Junior Varsity

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The Helena High girls junior varsity squad competed admirably as runner-up against a Bozeman juggernaut with freshman Breanna Brewer running a personal-best time of 22:27 in sixth place.

Bozeman finished with 24 points, Helena totaled 16, and Hellgate was third with 84. The Junior varsity race featured 16 teams, including 11 with the required five runners to register a score.

Freshman Grace Oelkers (23:12), sophomore Maddy Murgel (23:20), freshman Hanna Romney (23:26) and freshman Naomi Sweeney (23:38) rounded out the scoring for Helena in 14th, 18th, 19th and 21st, respectively. All told, 13 of 20 Bengals finished in the top half of the 177-runner field.

Brewer has now led the junior varsity team in consecutive meets, and most impressively, shaved more than a minute off her personal best at the toughest course the team will race on this season.

Junior Varsity Boys

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Junior Grayson Bonilla (20:02), sophomore Ethan Nelson (20:10), junior Roy Rindal (20:11), and sophomore Dallin Christensen (20:12) finished in a tightly packed lead group of four in 26th, 28th, 29th and 30th to lead the Helena High boys junior varsity to fifth place in Great Falls. Sophomore Ian Lovshin rounded out Helena’s scoring five in 44th place with a time of 20:35.

Bozeman eased to the victory with a perfect score of 15, while Billings West (70) edged Hellgate (71) for second, Capital (113) placed fourth and Helena’s 134 were good enough for fifth. The meet featured 16 teams, including 13 that featured the required five runners to register a score.

Nine of the Bengals’ 11 runners finished in the top half of the field.

Great Falls Invite Information

Meet No. 3 is Friday, September 14 in Great Falls at Anaconda Hills Golf Course, and below you’ll find meet information, including the schedule, bus leave time and other important details. Also, at the bottom of this email, I have provided information about this week’s spaghetti feed.

Athletes

  1. Bus leaves Helena High School at 11:30 a.m. Friday. You will be released from class at 11:05 a.m., following third period. Please stay on campus after release to change and get loaded on the bus in a timely fashion.
  2. Pack a lunch, and also bring snacks, water/sports drink, and money for a meal on the return trip.
  3. Wear your team gear (T-shirts and sweatshirts) on the bus and throughout the meet to exhibit your school spirit and team pride.
  4. Pack your uniform and racing spikes or flats. This course is mostly on grass with some dirt path.
  5. The forecast looks good, but bring rain gear, and pack two trash bags – one to put over your backpack in the event of rain, and another to clean up after the meet.
  6. 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 Great Falls Invite:

Junior Varsity: Standard invitational meet format.

  • 3:00 p.m. small school/JV large schools girls’ race
  • 3:40 p.m. small school/JV large schools boys’ race

Varsity: This is a unique meet format, as teams are split up in to race of two or four, meaning Helena runners will only be competing against Great Falls High, Missoula Big Sky and Fairfield.

  • 4:20 p.m.: Girls Race 1 – Helena High, Great Falls, Big Sky, Fairfield
  • 4:30 p.m.: Girls Race 2 – Capital High, CMR, Billings West, Corvallis
  • 4:40 p.m.: Girls Race 3 – Hellgate, Bozeman, Billings Senior
  • 4:55 p.m.: Boys Race 1 – Helena High, Great Falls, Big Sky, Fairfield
  • 5:05 p.m.: Boys Race 2 – Capital High, CMR, Billings West, Corvallis
  • 5:15 p.m.: Boys Race 3 – Hellgate, Bozeman, Billings Senior

Spaghetti Feed

This week’s spaghetti feed is hosted by the McKays. The address is 3530 Harmony Rd and the phone number is 465-0217, in case you get lost. Parents should plan on picking their non-drivers up from the feed. Because of homework and rest concerns, pick-up times should be arranged around 7:00 p.m.