Over 500 runners competed on Friday, Sept. 6 in four different races at the Cut Bank Golf and Country Club in the annual Mike Reynolds Time Trials. In a stacked men’s race of nearly 200 runners from 19 teams, including AA teams from Flathead and CMR, Cut Bank freshman Devin Shultz finished 45th in the first race of his life, with a time of 18:42.
Not far behind, also in the first race of his life, was freshman Quinn Rides At The Door in 19:30. Rounding out Cut Bank’s top seven runners were Henry Gannon with a personal best time of 20:16, followed by Nathaniel Anderson (20:51), Jordyn Fields (20:58), freshman Rhett Michael (20:58), and freshman Elijah Greene (21:15).
It was an impressive display of hard work for all these freshman experiencing the first high school 5K cross country race of their lives.
On the women’s side, senior leader London Rae-maeker continued where she left off last season with a strong first race covering the 5k course in 23:33. Running strong beside her for most of the race was Mariah Wahl, who crossed the line in 23:51. Then came senior Dakota Manecke in 27:07, followed by Shannia Schmidt in 29:26.
The future looks bright for Cut Bank High School cross country, as the middle school runners turned in stellar performances in their first race as well.
In a boys’ field of nearly 100 runners, James Greene smoked the 1.5 mile course in 9:11, which was good for fourth place. Not far behind cruised the strong pack of Xander Manley in 11th (10:03), Brennan Hedges in 12th (10:05), and Max Gannon in 18th (10:16).
The two lone female middle school runners held their own in a tough girls race with Kellyn Dunaway placing a strong 16th in 11:15, and Ava Manecke just behind in 19th running 11:34.
This meet took a giant leap of improvement and efficiency this year with the addition of the Competitive Timing computer bib chip system. This was made possible by the generous donation from the Cut Bank Booster Club, and the initiative and organization of Randi Larson. Thank you for making this possible!
Also, special thanks to John Reynolds for lending his expertise in course set-up, and for being our starter.
Finally, thank you parents and athletes for making course clean-up “the quickest and most helpful I have ever seen,” said the timer from Missoula who ran the timing system. Well done!