Senior London Raemaeker strides through the snow and slush at the State Cross Country Meet held at Eagle Falls Golf Course in Great Falls Saturday.

The Cut Bank cross country teams finished a strong season of persevering thro-ugh adversity by…persev-ering through more adversity! The State Cross Country Meet in Great Falls on Saturday dawned with two inches of snow and 29 degrees on the Eagle Falls Golf Course.

The Class B boys got the honors of “breaking trail” through the snow in the first race of the day.  In the end, the Cut Bank boys placed 11th in the field of 26 teams in the race. Hunter Kennedy, who finished 41 out of 195 runners, led the Wolves. Next came Nathanial Anderson, who remarkably ran his best time of the year in these challenging conditions. Devin Schultz, Kierrin Rooney, and Henry Gannon rounded out the scoring for the top five Wolf runners

Freshmen Rhett Michael and Elijah Green weren’t far behind, with impressive showings in their first state meet. They show much promise in the years to come. All the coaches were exceptionally proud of the efforts of this young boys squad, which is comprised solely of sophomore and freshmen competitors.  

The girls squad was down one runner and unable to score as a team, but that didn’t stop the four strong ladies from posting solid individual finishes. As she has done consistently all season, London Raemaeker crossed the finish line first for the Lady Wolves, covering a slick and slushy 5k course in 24:35. 

Senior Dakota Manecke was next, destroying her previous season best by a remarkable two minutes and setting a career personal best. Grace Rooney also managed to notch her best race of the season in the snow–she must be from Cut Bank! Senior Shannia Schmidt followed, closing out her dedicated, solid six years of running cross country for the Lady Wolves. 

Congratulations to all runners on a fine season, and to growing stronger through challenge.

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