Written by The Herald-News
The Wolf Point cross country teams competed in their final regular meet of the season in Miles City, Oct. 12, at the Miles City Golf Course.
Teams from eastern and southern Montana joined Wolf Point in the competition.
In the varsity boys’ race, defending State C champion, Chance Hyatt, of Culbertson/Bainville, pulled away from Tyrus Mendoza, of Colstrip, to win the race with a time of 15:34 to Mendoza’s mark of 15:40. Delvin Walks of Hardin was third in 15:50.
Culbertson/Bainville's Tristan SunRhodes placed seventh in 16:35 with teammates Beau Hyatt and Michael Azure finishing 39th and 46th with times of 18:04 and 18:27.
Poplar had two runners competing in the race. Lane Headdress finished 36th in 17:50 and Chris Lemay finished 55th in 19:30.
Wolf Point's Markell Blount finished 52nd, covering the three-mile course in 18:54. Other locals who placed included Frazer's Griffin Fourstar, who took 42nd in 18:17.
In the junior varsity boys’ race, Wolf Point's JJ Azure completed the three-mile course in 33:47 while Culbertson/Bainville runner Chris Azure completed the race in 21:52.
In the varsity girls’ race, Glasgow's Josie Braaten won the event in 18:45. Locals who competed included Poplar's Drew Reum who finished in 40th with a time of 22:38. Her teammates Brooke Boyd and Rachel Azure finished 53rd and 54th in 24:02 and 25:24, respectively.
In the junior high boys’ race, Wolf Point's Trey Fourstar ran a season best 9:22 to place ninth out of 72 runners. Fellow Wolf Point runner Brandon Hapa also had a personal best of 9:30 to finish 12th. Their teammates Caleb Blount, 44th in 11:19; James Lien, 45th, 11:20; Demarko Lilley, 46th, 11:22; James Poitra, 49th, 11:29; Jaxon Azure, 57th, 11:47; and Andrew Azure, 63rd, 12:05.
“All of the boys improved considerably as the season progressed,” said coach Stacey Summers. “All have bright futures as most of them are either first- or second-year runners.”
In the junior high girls’ race, Sierra Summers finished her undefeated season on a high note, winning the last race of the year in 9:12, holding off Glasgow's Emily Kolstad, who clocked in at a time of 9:21. Hardin's Kylie Denny came in third place at 9:24.
Turning in fine performances for Wolf Point were: 14th, Journey Erickson, 10:12; 18th, Cyreena Standing, 10:24; and 19th, Laressa Dale, 10:25; 61st, Jaylee Azure, 14:40; and 63rd, Alex Sutton, 14:54.
“These young girls worked hard all year and peaked at the end of the year,” Summers said.
The Miles City race marks the end of the season for the junior high and elementary runners. As for the varsity boys’ team, they will have a weekend off to prepare for Montana MHSA Cross Country State Championships, Oct. 26, in Missoula.
“The boys are steadily improving and hopefully they will have season best times at the state meet,” Summers said.