Morley runs off with another Mountain West title

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MISSOULA — Makena Morley keeps breezing right along.

The talented sophomore from Bigfork won her second-straight Mountain West Classic on Saturday at the University of Montana golf course.

Morley, the defending Class B state cross country champion, posted a flashy time of 17 minutes, 7.4 seconds. Her winning time last year was 17:10.4.

Paige Gilchrist of Missoula Hellgate was second, 17:31.1.

Bozeman ran off with the girls team title, filing a 74 score. Billings Senior was second, 138.

Andrew Gardner of Mead High in Spokane had the best time for boys, 14:25.9. Adam Peterman of Missoula Hellgate was second, 14:33, followed by Troy Fraley of Glacier, 14:45.3.

Zach Perrin of Flathead was fifth, 14:58.2.

“Five guys under 15 (minutes), that’s never happened before,” Flathead coach Paul Jorgensen said.

“That was a very fine showing by the boys.”

Jorgensen said Perrin “didn’t have a great day,” but good enough to break 16 minutes.

“Peterman had a tremendous race,” Jorgensen added. “Fraley had a really good race, too.”

Fraley finished second at last year’s Mountain West with a time of 15:01.5.

Perrin did not compete in this event last year because of an ankle injury.

“Outstanding race,” Glacier coach Mike McLean said of Saturday’s show.

“One of the fastest I’ve seen in Montana. Nobody was running slow out there.”

On Fraley ...

“Great time today,” McLean said.

“He’s not done. He’s still moving up.

“The boys, up and down, ran real well. Five out of seven ran personal bests.”

Glacier finished 12th in the team standings.

“Our highest finish in the Mountain West,” McLean said.

The Glacier girls placed 28th, led by Jessica Chery, who posted a time of 20:09.

Flathead’s boys placed 10th.

“Our No. 2 through 7 runners were less than 30 seconds apart,” Jorgensen said.

“That’s really good. They are running in a pack, which is nice. They feed off each other, help each other out.”

Mackenzie Bouma was the top runner for the Flathead girls. She finished 125th in 20:42.

Whitefish had two runners crack the top 30 with Jace Kalbfleisch 22nd, 15:52.8, and Fischer Gangemi 24th, 15:53.2. That helped the WHS boys place 16th in the team standings.

“Last year they were 90th (Gangemi) and 100th (Kalbfleisch), so that was a huge improvement for them,” Whitefish coach Sarah Brist said.

“Both ran under 16 minutes, a minute faster than last year. All seven (boys) finished under 17 minutes. That was a good team performance.”

The top runner for the Whitefish girls was Sarah Latcham. She was 142nd with a time of 20:55.

University High of Spokane led a 1-2-3 Washington finish in the boys’ team race with a 119 score. Mount Spokane was next, 123, followed by Mead High, 174.

Mountain West Classic

Saturday

At the University of Montana Golf Course

BOYS

Team Totals

University High 119, Mount Spokane 123, Mead High 174, Missoula Hellgate 201, Billings West 249, Helena High 250, Deer Park 262, Hamilton 298, Bozeman 306, Flathead 316, Gonzaga Prep 330, Glacier 346, Idaho Falls 356, Missoula Big Sky 424, Missoula Sentinel 425, Whitefish 475, Billings Senior 476, West Valley 571, Billings Skyview 604, Teton 614, Hardin 622, East Valley 628, Sugar-Salem 669, Great Falls Russell 670, Hillcrest 672, Lewistown 684, Belgrade 716m Helena Capital 767, Post Falls 822, Corvallis 827, Soda Springs 859, Laurel 922, Great Falls High 934, Dillon 952, Livingston 956, Billongs Central 1,006, Polson 1,023, Havre 1,094, Manhattan 1,225, Anaconda 1,137, Butte High 1,158, Thompson Falls 1,177, Shelby 1,224, Butte Central 1,225, Columbia Falls 1,236, Townsend 1,259, Ronan 1,287, Cut Bank 1,300, St. Ignatius 1,316, Belt 1,538.

Top 30 Individuals

1, Andrew Gardner, Mead, 14:25.9; 2, Adam Peterman, Hellgate, 14:33.0; 3, Troy Fraley, Glacier, 14:45.3; 4, John Dressel, Mt. Spokane, 14:51.8; 5, Zach Perrin, Flathead, 14:58.2; 6, Daniel Brunner, University, 15:20.7; 7, Daniel Schofield, Mead, 15:24.3; 8, Daniel Amann, Deer Park, 15:28.1; 9, Chris Herrick, Hellgate, 15:39.2; 10, Aidan Reed, Helena, 15:39.5; 11, Kees Von Michalofski, Mt. Spokane, 15:39.9; 12, Jacob Vandenberg, Mt. Spokane, 15:41.2; 13, Scott Kopczynski, East Valley, 15:43.0; 14, Fred Petsch, Billings West, 15:43.1; 15, Anthony Schmalz, Hamilton, 15:44.0; 16, Easton Albert, Hamilton, 15:45.6; 17, Jonathan Eastwood, Belgrade, 15:50.3; 18, Austin Sloan, University, 15:50.5; 19, Caleb Moosman, Teton, 15:50.8; 20, Nolan Woodard, Deer Park, 15:52.4; 21, Jason Holmes, Bozeman, 15:52.6; 22, Jace Kalbfleisch, Whitefish, 15:52.8; 23, Drew Gottman, Hellgate, 15:52.9; 24, Fischer Gangemi, Whitefish, 15:53.2; 25, Ian Andres, Gonzaga Prep, 15:53.3; 26, Aiden THeard, Anaconda, 15:56.5; 27, Colter May, Bozeman, 15:58.5; 28, Kyle Bender University, 15:59.7; 29, Hunter Guthrie, Sentinel, 16:00.1; 30, Michael Martell, Bozeman, 16:03.6.

GIRLS

Team Totals

Bozeman 74, Billings Senior 138, Idaho Falls 183, Billings West 216, Soda Springs 224, Corvallis 257, Gonzaga Prep 288, Billings Skyview 301, Mount Spokane 302, Missoula Hellgate 323, University High 337, Hillcrest 359, Havre 409, Helena High 417, Hamilton 426, Sugar-Salem 447, Lewistown 463, Missoula Sentinel 485, Mead High 494, Missoula Big Sky 525, Butte High 569, Deer Park 622, Helena Capital 654, Post Falls 655, Great Falls Russell 674, East Valley 684, Polson 692, Glacier 703, Flathead 747, Laurel 784, Billings Central 798, Whitefish 878, Belt 906, Hardin 963, Teton 974, Livingston 994, West Valley 1,008, Belgrade 1,021, Manhattan 1,035, Dillon 1,050, Great Falls High 1,056.

Top 30 Individuals

1, Makena Morley, Bigfork, 17:07.4; 2, Paige Gilchrist, Hellgate, 17:31.1; 3, Caroline Hardin, Bozeman, 17:52.1; 4, Christina Aragon, Billings Senior, 17:56.8; 5, Rachel Jones, Billings West, 18:02.7; 6, Brittany Aguino, East Valley, 18:06.4; 7, Sabrina Sterbis, Big Sky, 18:10.3; 8, Cierra Simmons, Soda Springs, 18:13.1; 9, Andie Creel, Bozeman, 18:17.5; 10, Sadi Henderson, Corvallis, 18:19.6; 11, Makenna Edebrock, Mt. Spokane, 18:22.4; 12, Courtney Hutton, Billings Senior, 18:27.5; 13, Keegan Day, Billings Skyview, 18:28.5; 14, Kelsey Yamauchi, Soda Springs, 18:32.0; 15, McCall Skay, West Valley, 18:35.2; 16, Cambria Hassell, CMR, 18:36.0; 17, Bridget Creel, Bozeman, 18:40.5; 18, Niquelle Lewis, Idaho Falls, 18:43.0; 19, Kennedy Robbins, Billings Skyview, 18:43.2; 20, Katie Stephens, Bozeman, 18:52.3; 21, Ashlyn Dyerm Idaho Falls, 18:52.6; 22, Olivia Wood, Anaconda, 18:54.4; 23, Brenna Cockburn, Billings Senior, 18:59.3; 24, Jessica Wiken, Havre, 19:05.3; 25, Kaycie Stewart, Corvallis, 19:06.1; 26, Taylor Weatherby, Idaho Falls, 19:06.4; 27, Lexia Moser, Sugar-Salem, 19:08.0; 28, Keisha Stensby, Billings West, 19:09.2; 29, Sara Powell, Hillcrestm 19:09.6; 30, Katie Christianson, Havre, 19:10.7.

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