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Coyote cross country team members from back left, Assistant Coach Eric Munson, Aiyana Franco, Garrett Hanson, Nathan Benjamin and Head Coach Caydon Keller; middle row, from left, Samantha Soria, Mason Lamb, Aisha Munson; front row, from left, Aeris Stewart and Ellie Munson. Not pictured: Carson Nickol.

The Shelby cross country team competed at Glacier Invitational in Kalispell and the Harlem Meet as warm up races to the upcoming state meet.

Aisha Munson was the lone Coyote high school runner at the Glacier event and was near her season best set in early September with a time of 28:12.34.

The team traveled to Harlem on Oct. 15 and senior Garrett Hansen set a personal best time of 27:41, which also qualified him for the state meet. Nathan Benjamin and Mason Lamb also set personal best times finishing the race with times of 21:10, and 21:39 respectively.  Aisha Munson covered the course in the time of 29:22. Senior Samantha Soria, running in just her second meet, set her personal best time and qualified for state with a time of 25:25.

 “Garett had a phenomenal run in Harlem and realized his season goal of qualifying for state. It was good to see one of our senior leaders accomplish something he has scratched and clawed for all year,” said coach Caydon Keller.

“Our other senior leader, Samantha Soria, came back after a two-week hiatus and showed us what she was capable of. She shed five minutes off her time and officially qualified for state after completing her second race which is required to qualify,” he continued.

All of the Coyote high school competitors qualified for the  All-Class State Cross Country Meet in Missoula this Saturday. The runners will compete at the University of Montana Golf Course.

“If you have some free time on Saturday, please come support your Shelby Coyote Harriers. The boys run at 1:10 p.m. and the girls run at 2:10 p.m.,” invited Keller.

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