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Nike Cross Regionals Sign-Up

To prepare and budget for a trip to Nike Cross Regionals (NXR) on Nov. 14-17 in Boise, Idaho, please complete this quick form whether you intend to participate or not to allow me to solidify a roster as soon as possible. For more information about the meet itself, visit this link: https://nxrnw.runnerspace.com/

Nike Cross Regionals Sign-Up

Cost: My goal is to keep the cost under $200 per athlete, which is low considering the duration of the trip (Current estimate is about $160-190 per athlete). That cost would include transportation, lodging for three nights, meet registration and possibly a team party after the meet at a family fun event center in Boise. Athletes would be responsible for food, personal spending money and additional entertainment during the trip. We will pursue sponsors, and encourage athletes to assist, to reduce the cost as much as possible. The cost will include:

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  • Transportation to Boise, Idaho
  • Lodging from Nov. 14-17 — three nights
  • Meet Registration
  • Team celebration at a family fun center or restaurant in Boise (securing bids to see if this is an affordable add-on)

Eligibility: Anyone can attend the trip, but if you intend to participate, you must attend postseason practices, which will be shared as soon as that plan is prepared.

This event presents and incredible opportunity for our student-athletes with an opportunity to participate in one of the top meets in the country, from a competition standpoint and from a presentation standpoint. Last year, we had a team of 12 athletes make the trip and would like to see that number grow.

IMPORTANT NOTES

Because this meet is not affiliated with Helena High School, as it is a post-season event, we will compete under the name Helena Novas – HHS and competition singlets will be loaned to all participants. Athletes will be asked to supply their own shorts (more on that after we get commitments).

While this event can be highly competitive at the championship level, there are multiple races that allow us to place teams with appropriate competition. This opportunity is open to all runners, both JV and varsity. Once we have a list of confirmed participants, we will place teams in appropriate races.

Once we have a confirmed list of athletes, coach Zentz will host a pizza/movie party for athletes to share important information and finalize plans for the trip.

Pictures from last year’s trip:

Mountain West Classic Info

Meet No. 5 is the Mountain West Classic, being held Saturday, September 28 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 and very competitive meet.

At the bottom of this email, I will provide information about this week’s spaghetti feed, when it becomes available.

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 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. The course is moderate in difficulty with gradual incline/declines and one substantial hill. The altitude is 3,100 feet.
  5. The forecast looks cool and wet, so bring rain gear, a hat and gloves, 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

This week’s spaghetti feed is being sponsored by Christine Roberts at 811 Lode St.

Great Falls Invitational Recap

Meet Photos

Heading into the Great Falls Invitational on Friday, Sept. 20, we emphasized the importance of the Bengals having a positive experience they could draw upon when they return to the Electric City on Oct. 26.

Safe to say it was mission accomplished as Helena High’s boys and girls approached the meet with a positive mindset and left the meet with positive vibes.

The varsity girls ran with confidence and poise en route to a team win and featured four girls under the 20-minute mark with another two incredibly close. Sophomore Kylie Hartnett picked up another solid victory, winning in 18:00, her second fastest time.img_3680

Placing seventh and eight were sophomores Odessa Zentz and Rylie Schoenfeld, who ran nearly the entire second half of the race shoulder to shoulder, and finished that way with times of 19:23, a personal best for both runners. Sophomore Kylee Wetzel was Helena’s fourth runner across the line in 16th with a lifetime best of 19:51, and sophomore Carly Ryan rounded out the team scoring for the Bengals in 21st with a 40-second improvement at 20:04.

Also running well for the Helena girls were senior Alyssa Plant in 30th (20:14) and freshman Lexi Erdahl in 64th (21:22). Their performances gave the Bengals great confidence moving forward with a solid demonstration of growing depth.

Helena finished with 47 points and reigning Class A champion Hardin was second with 129. Flathead was the second AA team in third with 131. Bozeman and Hellgate did not compete with their varsity teams. Complete girls varsity results are available by clicking here.

In JV competition, senior Jordynn Greve ran to an inspiring runner-up finish in 21:16, a 36 second improvement on her personal best. That effort led the JV girls to third place with 89 points, trailing West (50) and Flathead (81). The remaining scorers for Helena were sophomore Breanna Brewer in 9th (22:00), sophomore Olivia Huber in 12th (22:16), senior Tatum McNamara in 30th (23:19), and sophomore Grace Oelkers in 39th (23:32). Complete girls JV results are available by clicking here.

On the boys side, Helena’s varsity squad ran determined against tough competition from Missoula Sentinel and Billings West, and the top three runners posted personal bests to lead the Bengals to third place, just eight points shy of Sentinel in first and one point shy of West in second.img_3716

Senior Jonah Fisher led the charge in sixth place with a time of 16:12 (a 5-second improvement), junior Trystan Brewer placed 10th in 16:28 (a 6-second improvement) and senior Clayton Ryerson was 19th in 16:47 (a 6-second PR). Helena’s fourth runner was senior Sam Sullivan in 41st (17:17) and senior Kaden Jenkins completed the team’s scoring as the fifth runner across the line in 65th (17:48). Senior Grayson Bonilla placed 76th in 17:56 and junior Dallin Christensen finished 87th in 18:05.

Helena proved it’s ready for a fight against teams like Sentinel and West, but the boys know it will require a strong race on Oct. 26 when they return to Great Falls if they hope to challenge them for a shot at the podium.

Complete boys varsity results are available by clicking here.

In the boys junior varsity ran, junior Robert Wagner put together an incredibly strong performance to finish second with a time of 17:40 – a massive 46-second improvement over his previous best, established in Bozeman a week prior. Wagner’s performance paced the JV boys to a third-place finish with 92 points, behind West (30 points) and Sentinel (65).

Also scoring for the JV team was junior Ethan Nelson in 12th with a lifetime best of 18:08, senior Roy Rindal in 19th (18:29), freshman Adam Ryland-Davis in 26th (18:42, a 20-second PR) and freshman Mason Roush in 41st (19:06). Complete boys JV results are available by clicking here.

 

 

Great Falls Invitational Info

Meet No. 4 is Friday, September 20 in Great Falls at Eagle Falls Golf Course, and below you’ll find meet information, including the schedule, bus leave time and other important details.

Spaghetti Feed

This week’s spaghetti feed is Thursday. Amy Omang is hosting. Here is the address:  5575 Autumn Wind Ct (Hauser Lake). This is the same place that hosted the team-building event in August. If you have volunteered to bring food, please allow extra travel time to get out there by 4:30.

Athletes

  1. Bus leaves Helena High School at 11 a.m. Friday. You will be released from class at 10:30 a.m. 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 (Warmups, 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 almost entirely on grass
  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. There is a small chance of rain in the forecast.
  6. The meet schedule is posted below, so please review it and plan your eating and hydration accordingly. As you may notice, the varsity girls and boys race more than 6 hours after we depart Helena.

Schedule for the 2019 Great Falls Invite:

  • 1:00 p.m. – Course Walk thru
  • 2:45 p.m. – Girls AA JV
  • 3:30 p.m. – Boys AA JV
  • 4:00 p.m. – Girls B&C JV&Varsity
  • 4:45 p.m. – Boys B&C JV&Varsity
  • 5:15 p.m. – Girls A JV&Varsity and AA Varsity
  • 5:45 p.m. – Boys A JV&Varsity and AA Varsity

Course Map

This is a two-lap course, which runners will navigate counter-clockwise.

GF State Meet Course

Bozeman XC Invite Recap

Complete Results

Meet Photos

The Bengals collectively ran well against their best competition to date at the Bozeman XC Invite on Saturday, Sept. 14 at Bridger Creek Golf Course.

In varsity competition, sophomore Kylie Hartnett ran to a second place finish to lead the Bengals to third place behind perennial power Bozeman and reigning AA champion Hellgate.

Hartnett ran at the front of the pack for the duration of a race and finished in 18:36. She was followed by a strong performance from sophomore Rylie Schoenfeld in 16th place (20:36), sophomore Odessa Zentz in 26th (21:03), sophomore Carly Ryan in 34th (21:19), sophomore Kylee Wetzel in 43rd (21:32) and senior Alyssa Plant in 56th (21:55).

On the boys side, junior Trystan Brewer led the team for the first time with a time of 16:46 in 14th place as the Bengals placed fifth. Hellgate claimed the championship and was followed by Bozeman, Sheridan and West.

Senior Jonah Fisher followed in 19th (17:06), senior Clayton Ryerson finished in 36th (17:38), senior Sam Sullivan was 42nd (17:47) and senior Kaden Jenkins rounded out the team’s scoring as fifth runner across the line in 78th (18:37). Junior Dallin Christensen wasn’t too far behind Jenkins in 82nd (18:41).

In the JV division, Helena’s girls placed second behind Bozeman and edging out Hellgate, while the Bengal boys were third behind Bozeman and Hellgate.

Freshman Lexi Erdahl led a strong pack of four Helena girls in the top 15 as she placed 9th in 23:04 and was immediately followed across the line by sophomore Breanna Brewer in 10th (23:14), sophomore Olivia Huber in 11th (23:23) and senior Jordynn Greve in 12th (23:24). Junior Katelyn Hamill was Helena’s fifth scorer in 30th with a time of 24:30.

Here’s a rundown of Helena’s remaining JV runners in the girls division.

  • 36. Tatum McNamara, senior, 24:40.89
  • 44. Naomi Sweeney, sophomore, 24:46.17
  • 63. Maddy Murgel, junior, 25:18.46
  • 71. Olivia Coburn, junior, 25:42.32
  • 86. Chloe Roberts, sophomore, 26:19.33
  • 93. Laurel Maronick, sophomore, 26:31.26
  • 94. Hannah Romney, sophomore, 26:31.38
  • 96. Claire Downing, junior, 26:39.26
  • 105. Erin Grossman, sophomore, 27:04.10
  • 108. Haily Tolman, sophomore, 27:08.13
  • 118. Riley Thennis, senior, 27:26.80
  • 121. Robin Triem, sophomore, 27:32.50
  • 143. Eva Cobb, freshman, 28:48.84
  • 147. Eva Santos, sophomore, 28:52.44

On the boys side, junior Robert Wagner led the squad across the line in fourth place for the second straight week with a time of 18:26. He was closely followed by junior Ethan Nelson in eighth (18:37). Senior Nick Pida finished 17th in 19:07, senior Roy Rindal was 21st (19:15) and freshman Adam Ryland-Davis was Helena’s fifth runner in 19:59.

Here’s a rundown of Helena’s remaining JV runners in the boys division:

  • 45. Mason Roush, freshman, 20:06.41
  • 107. Taylor Parisot, freshman, 21:39.40
  • 111. Evan Stefaniak, sophomore, 21:44.22
  • 153. Kyle Markovics, senior, 22:34.87
  • 172. Foster Smith, freshman, 23:20.22
  • 210. Spencer Jackson, senior, 24:42.79

Next up for the Bengals is a preview of the state meet course on Friday, Sept. 20 at Eagle Hills Golf Course in Great Falls.

Bozeman Invitational Info

Meet No. 3 is Saturday, September 14 in Bozeman at Bridger Creek Golf Course, and below you’ll find meet information, including the schedule, bus leave time and locations for fan/parent parking.

Spaghetti Feed

The Nelson family is hosting the spaghetti feed for athletes at 6123 Shawn Dr., off Canyon Ferry Road. The feed begins immediately after practice on Friday.

Athletes

  1. Bus leaves Helena High School at 11:15 a.m. Saturday (please arrive by 11:00 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 the way to Bozeman and for 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 (warmups, T-shirts and/or 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.

Schedule for the 2019 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 ONLY. 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.

Course Map

NOTE: The start will be different this year, but organizers haven’t release an updated map. The start will now be on the driving range to accommodate additional runners.

Bozeman XC

Belgrade Invitational Recap

Meet Results

Meet Photos

Once again, the Bengals performed incredibly well, but this time on a course that challenged more than their ability to simply run.

Gallatin County Recreational Park served up a challenge with a two-loop course that featured a steep uphill, steep and muddy downhill with a sharp turn at the bottom, and a creek crossing that claimed a few spikes on Saturday in Bozeman.

The Bengals, however, got down to business and picked up a girls varsity team championship, runner-up finishes for the varsity and JV boys, and a third-place finish by the JV girls. All-in-all, a great day from a team perspective.

On the individual side, Kylie Hartnett (18 minutes, 10 seconds) claimed the championship — her second in the season’s first two races — and all five varsity girls scoring runners finished in the top 16. Odessa Zentz was 6th (19:35), Rylie Schoenfeld finished eighth (20:12), Alyssa Plant placed 11th (20:30) and Carly Ryan crossed the finish line in 16th (20:44). Kylee Wetzel placed 26th (21:27) for the Bengals. (NOTE: the results for the girls varsity race on athletic.net are 20 seconds slow of the actual times recorded by our coaching staff)

On the boys side, Jonah Fisher paced the boys in fourth place (16:29) and was followed by Trystan Brewer (16:58) and Clayton Ryerson (17:02) in 8th and 10th. Ryerson was the only varsity Bengal to improve his time from a week ago, which is an impressive feat considering the difficulty of the Belgrade course. Helena’s fourth runner was Sam Sullivan in 26th (17:42), and he was followed by a tightly packed Bengal trio — Grayson Bonilla (35th, 18:08), Kaden Jenkins (36th, 18:13) and Dallin Christensen (38th, 18:19).

In the girls junior varsity competition, Lexi Erdahl (6th, 22:20) and Breanna Brewer (11th, 22:48)) led the way with top 15 showings. The remaining 13 JV runners placed:

  • 17. Annie Menden, 23:25
  • 24. Grace Oelkers, 23:57
  • 35. Naomi Sweeney, 24:30
  • 36. Claire Downing, 24:33
  • 42. Tatum McNamara, 24:42
  • 46. Maddy Murgel, 24:46
  • 59. Laurel Maronick, 25:04
  • 65. Chloe Roberts, 25:32
  • 67. Olivia Coburn, 25:41
  • 70. Erin Grossman, 25:52
  • 72. Katelyn Hamill, 25:58
  • 74. Haily Tolman, 26:09
  • 93. Robin Triem, 27:33

In the boys junior varsity race, Robert Wagner grabbed the lead late in the race and held on for a fourth-place finish in 18:25, and Ethan Nelson joined him in the top 15 with a time of 18:40. (NOTE: the results for the boys junior varsity race on athletic.net are 14 seconds slow of the actual times recorded by our coaching staff). The remaining eight JV runners placed:

  • 18. Adam Ryland-Davis, 19:01
  • 19. Mason Roush, 19:02
  • 21. Nicholas Pida, 19:10
  • 25. Roy Rindal, 19:22
  • 74. Taylor Parisot, 21:13
  • 75. Evan Stefaniak, 21:13
  • 92. Spencer Jackson, 21:47
  • 125. Foster Smith, 23:24

Up next for the Bengals is the Bozeman Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 14 at Bridger Creek Golf Course. This meet will feature 10 AA teams, including Bozeman’s varsity, Hellgate, Great Falls and CMR, who we haven’t yet raced this season.