Early snowstorms cancelled the Wolves cross country races for the last few weeks and left the Wolves cross country teams caged up and foaming at the mouth to run. They have been diligently training in all weather, though, to be ready for the next chance.
That chance finally came Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the Glacier Invitational in Kalispell. The Wolves charged out of the cage strong, with the boys team finishing in third place behind Glacier and Flathead.
The men’s top seven ran strong, with the front pack led by Kierrin Rooney in 35th, Hunter Kennedy 36th and Devin Schultz in 39th. Nathanial Anderson led the tight second pack in 46th place, Rhett Michael 51st, Henry Gannon 52nd and Elijah Greene 53rd.
These men will represent Cut Bank at the State Meet on Saturday in Great Falls.
On the women’s side, senior London Raemaeker led the way finishing in 28th place in her second to last race of her career. Dakota Manecke crossed the line in 46th, and Grace Rooney and Shannia Schmidt pushed each other to 48th and 49th, respectively.
The middle school runners charged out strong as well, with the boys placing fifth as a team behind AA and A schools.
They were led by a strong effort of Brennan Hedges, who finished in 13th overall. Xander Manley and James Greene paced each other to 20th and 21st place. Max Gannon crossed in 24th, and Latham Johnson in 72nd.
The middle school girls were led by Arianna Renville who ran a strong 20th place race. Kellyn Dunaway charged home in 28th, and Ava Manecke in 41st, to finish out their stellar seasons.