The Havre High School girls cross country team missed second place by only one point at Belgrade Invitational Meet Saturday, Sept. 8.
The Ponies finished with 88 points, just one point behind second place Butte at 87. Bozeman took home first place honors with 53 points.
"All the girls ran superbly," Ponies coach Kim Ray said. "They were looking really good and really dominate this week."
According to Ray, the varsity girls had a pack time of 2:53. "They cut nearly 30 seconds off the pack time and it was great to see the kids could do that."
According to Ray, the Belgrade course is longer at 3.2 miles instead of the usual three miles.
Top finisher for the Ponies was Jenna Baltrush in second place with a time of 19:47. "(Jenna) beat last year's time of 20:46 by almost a minute," Ray said. "It was nice to see her go out and run the race she did. It was a real confidence boost for her."
Also placing for the Ponies was junior Alicia Rundquist in 12th at 21:11. "(Alicia) also ran a really good race, but another girl passed her in the home stretch."
Katie Siebrasse finished in 21:41 for 20th place and is, according to Ray, a "real consistent" runner.
Maureen Porter placed 22nd in 22 minutes, Nikki Dibblee 32nd in 22:30, Hailey Schnittgen 46th in 23:12 and Shannon Newth 47th in 23:13.
According to Ray, Dibblee took over a minute off her Cut Bank time and Newth is running on a sore foot.