WHS runners invite champs

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WHITEFISH — Whitefish claimed the boys and girls team titles and Jace Kalbfleisch was an individual title on Saturday at the Whitefish High School Invitational cross country meet.

The Whitefish boys, with seven runners in the top 11 spots, posted a 26 score to easily best the rest of the field. Frenchtown was second, 75.

The WHS girls had three girls in the top 10. The Bulldogs finished with a 33 total to edge Columbia Falls by two points.

Kalbfleisch, a wire-to-wire winner, was the lone runner to crack 16 minutes on the WHS campus course. His time — 15:57.

His victory margin was 14 seconds over Gunnar Nabozney of Frenchtown.

“They ran really well,” Whitefish coach Sara Brist said of her boys. “Perfect conditions — not too hot, not too cold. It was also the first time ever we had a home meet for homecoming. We had a lot of people there supporting us.”

Sarah Latcham was the Whitefish girls top performer, placing third with a time of 19:26.

“First time for her to be under 20 minutes,” Brist said. “A personal best (time) for Peyton Twete (21:01, sixth place). A lot of them (girls) had their best today.”

Same can be said for the runners from Columbia Falls.

“We ran seven girls today and every girl ran a season or a lifetime best,” Columbia Falls coach Richard Menicke said.

“Samantha Mundel finished a close second to the winner of race. She (Mundel) set a school record (19:08).”

The old record was 19:19 set on same course in 2009 by Jinise Osborne.

“I’m really happy for her (Mundel),” Menicke said. “She’s coming into great form for the championship season. Her effort pulled us along today. Just a super outing from the girls team.”

For the Columbia Falls boys, Zayne Brunz was eighth, 16:52.

“He finally broke into the 16s,” Menicke said.

“He’s been working real hard.”


Team Totals

Whitefish 26, Frenchtown 75, Thompson Falls 80, Columbia Falls 81, Plains 120, Libby 147; Not scoring — Eureka



Jace Kalbfleisch, Whitefish 15:57

Gunnar Nabozney, Frenchtown 16:11

Caleb Knox, Whitefish 16:18

Logan Naegeli, Thompson Falls 16:20

Preston Schubert, Thompson Falls 16:24

Keaton Grove, Whitefish 16:27

Thomas Henson, Whitefish 16:49

Zayne Brunz, Columbia Falls 16:52

Waylon Roberts, Whitefish 16:55

Elias Taylor, Whitefish 17:11

John Owens, Whitefish 17:14

Coty Colten, Frenchtown 17:18

Seth McCall, Columbia Falls 17:35

Russell Kujala, Plains 17:39

Alex Stevens, Whitefish 17:44

Tanner Brock, Whitefish 17:47

Michael Ness, Frenchtown 17:51

Nikolaus Schrack, Whitefish 18:00

Zach Blumhardt, Whitefish 18:08

Henry Holt, Whitefish 18:13

Dalton Nelson, Columbia Falls 18:28

Jayce Fagerland, Columbia Falls 18:33

Christian Newby, Whitefish 18:34

Cody Barrick, Libby 18:35

Keaton Nicholson, Whitefish 18:37

Clayton Collins, Whitefish 18:39

Seth Corne, Whitefish 18:39

Garrett Horton, Plains 18:39

Dalton Nelson, Columbia Falls 18:40

Josh Wulfekuhle, Thompson Falls 18:42

Spencer Hale, Whitefish 18:43

Gabe Demmons, Frenchtown 18:43

Kyler Burns, Columbia Falls 18:45

Robert Jones, Frenchtown 18:47

Zac Fry, Columbia Falls 18:47

Santos Parra, Whitefish 19:06

Austin Leonard, Eureka 19:13

Jack Lord, Eureka 19:14

Sam Stevenson, Whitefish 19:15

Jacob Nelson, Columbia Falls 19:18

Wyatt Winebrenner, Plains 19:19

Aaron Garrison, Plains 19:20

Dillon Lawrence, Whitefish 19:27

Adrien Leroux, Whitefish 19:41

Monte White, Frenchtown 19:41

Michael Sommers, Columbia Falls 19:47

Eli Miller, Libby 19:58

Mike Nicosia, Columbia Falls 20:03

Billy Topaz, Libby 20:30

Jon Jacobs, Whitefish 20:44

Daniel Damschen, Plains 20:52

Casey Botner, Whitefish 21:35

Caleb Hooper, Libby 21:40

Dustyn Moore, Thompson Falls 21:48

Brandon Middleton, Libby 23:45

Will Arnold, Libby 23:53

Sean Ribeiro, Thompson Falls 24:24

James Del, Thompson Falls 25:02

Miles Song, Frenchtown 25:04

Lakota Treat, Columbia Falls 28:46


Team Totals

Whitefish 33, Columbia Falls 35, Frenchtown 62; Teams not scoring — Eureka, Libby, Plains, Thompson Falls



Eliska Kulhava, Frenchtown 19:05

Samantha Mundel, Columbia Falls 19:08

Sarah Latcham, Whitefish 19:26

Demi Horton, Plains 19:33

Meredith Stolte, Columbia Falls 19:48

Peyton Twete, Whitefish 20:01

Barrett Gray, Whitefish 20:07

Tori Price, Columbia Falls 20:21

Carlee Brown, Columbia Falls 20:26

Krysten Mossburg, Libby 20:36

Sloan Ellis, Whitefish 20:45

Alex Bartness, Eureka 20:48

Autumn Fisher, Whitefish 21:14

Maja Holmquist, Frenchtown 21:19

Emma Marchetti, Whitefish 21:21

Andrea Lamoureux, Whitefish 21:21

Samantha Eason, Whitefish 21:25

Annika Gordon, Whitefish 21:40

Brittany Swartz, Columbia Falls 22:02

Laura Breidenbach, Frenchtown 22:38

Kaylie Cox, Thompson Falls 22:45

Claire Venery, Whitefish 22:55

Bergen Carloss, Whitefish 23:00

Carley Vonheeder, Plains 23:21

Mary Gross, Columbia Falls 23:45

Frances Morgan, Frenchtown 23:56

Jamie Kraft, Frenchtown 23:57

Sara Parez, Whitefish 24:20

Emily Getts, Columbia Falls 24:47

Noel Normand, Frenchtown 25:17

Kayla Holmes, Plains 25:53

Nicolle Jauquet, Frenchtown 25:54

Emma Nixon, Whitefish 26:05

Kelsey Shear, Frenchtown 26:10

Courtney Bowe, Libby 26:27

Kate Ehrenberg, Whitefish 27:56

Courtney Krueger , Frenchtown 28:21

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