By Jess Green
Havre High School hosted its cross country meet on Saturday. The Havre girls team ran their way in to first place with 49 points.
Following Havre was Lewistown with 74 points, Columbia Falls with 98, Browning with 139, Cut Bank with 156, Cascade with 162, Belt with 171, Shelby with 180, Glasgow with 218, and Malta with 289.
Leading the individual times for the Havre varsity runners was Jennie Peterson who placed second with a time of 19:08.
Jenna Baltrusch was third at 19:34, Alicia Rundquist was ninth at 20:28, and Jillian Rough was thirteenth at 20:51.
Other Havre runners included Nikki Grant, Nikki Dibblee, and Hailey Schnittgen with time of 21:44, 21:48, and 22:05, respectively.
The JV team also did well at the meet placing second with 30 points. Lewistown took first with 30 points because their tie-breaking sixth place runner finished ahead of Havre's sixth place runner.
Individual JV times included Stacey Siebrasse in first with a time of 22:37, Shannon Newth in third with 22:49, Amanda Laeupple in sixth with 23:40, Maureen Porter in seventh with 24:06, Carly Toldess in thirteenth with 24:54, and Stacey Neighor in 15th with 24:59. Lindsey Brandt, Alicia Crawford, Jen Gorder, Audrey Sprinkle, Lindsey Schumacher and Katie Jarvis also competed in the meet for the JV runners.
Kim Ray, coach of the HHS runners, said that she was happy with her runners perfomances.
Everybody had personal bests," Ray said of the team.
She added that the varsity girls worked hard to stay together and if they run like they did Saturday they have a good chance at State.
The cross country team will hit the ground running again Saturday, Oct. 14, at Divisionals.
The divisional meet will be held at Beaverhead Golf Course in Dillon.
The JV will run at 12 and the varsity teams will run at 1:15.