Dreary weather brings XC struggles

Big Timber’s cross country team ran in two meets last week, culminating in the Herders’ only home meet of the season Saturday, Oct. 3.

The Herders hosted their meet at Overland Golf Course, and although the weather wasn’t optimal, head coach Christina Bowden said everything went well.

“We had the best volunteers, with outstanding parents, cheerleaders, booster club and Herder fans,” she said.

Bowden also said it was tough for the runners to get as warmed up as needed for racing.

Still, sophomores Brandon Schwers and Clayton Gano ran well and finished 10 seconds apart.

Schwers was 48th out of 82 runners with a time of 20:48.30, while fellow Herder Gano was 50th overall with a time of 20:58.25.

On the girls’ side, Emily Hughes missed the race and will sit out the next couple of races as she recovers from a lingering knee issue.

Running for Big Timber were Tanna Campbell, Kate Indreland and Brielle Stosich, and all three had great days.

The race was won by Hardin’s Mei-Li Stevens, who ran a 20:32.10.

Campbell had the 16th fastest time in the race, running a 23:35.97. She was just ahead of Indreland, whose time of 24:07.71 put her at 21st overall.

Stosich, meanwhile, was two spots behind Indreland in 23rd with a time of 24:21.97.

Big Timber’s next meet is in Helena Thursday, Oct. 8. Then the Herders will run in Joliet Saturday, Oct. 10. That will be the next to last meet of the season for Big Timber, which will be in Townsend Oct. 17 before the state meet in Great Falls Oct. 24.

By Thomas Watson / Yellowstone Newspapers

Photo courtesy of Sheri Campbell