cross country brief

Capital High's girls earned the top local placing at Bozeman's Invitational Cross Country Meet on Saturday, followed by Helena High's boys, who finished fifth.

Juggernaut Bozeman swept both divisions, winning the girls and boys titles by identical scores of 25 points apiece. The Bruin girls tallied 141 points in the event, while Helena finished sixth at 208. HHS' boys counted 183 points in the field, and Capital came in ninth with 254.

The individual titlists were Isaac Schmidt of Missoula Hellgate with a clocking of 15:18, and Camila Noe from Bozeman in 17:51.

The event was the first harrier meet for the Helena schools, after their season-opener in Fairfield last week was canceled due to poor air quality.

Capital's girls, under coach Katie Gilboy, were led by Alana Tonidandel, who placed 13th with a time of 19:39. Teammate Nina Bracht-Bedell finished 20th in 20:02, while Meghan Robinson ran a 20:48 and took 34th.

Jonah Fischer paced the Bengal boys with an 18th-place showing, in 16:55. Next came Jacob Rice (16:59) and freshman Clayton Ryerson (17:12), in 19th and 27th, respectively.

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HHS' girls top finisher was Katelyn McKay, running 20:04 for 21st place. She was followed by Alyssa Plant (20:22) and Claudia Downing (20:39), finishing 27th and 29th.

"All three ran as fast or faster than last year, and now we're running 5K instead of three miles," Helena coach Linda Paull said.

The Bruin boys were led by Bryce Maxson, who was clocked in 16:55 and placed 17th, nipping Fischer at the line. Maxson was followed by teammate Peter Kind in 17:55. 

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