Runners prove strong in Livingston

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The Sheepherder cross country team attended their first meet of the season Friday, Aug. 28, in Livingston, and all six of Big Timber’s varsity runners turned in strong times.

“They are in a good place (to start the season),” head coach Christina Bowden said. “The thing the first race always does is show them where their choices up to this point have gotten them, and then we can make goals and adjust from that. 

“We can make assumptions in practice, but there are always a set of circumstances, like who is the most hydrated or who ate properly that morning,” she added. “It really matters, and the smoke mattered, and the nerves mattered. So there is a lot to learn (at the first race).”

At a meet full of Class A teams, Big Timber runners held their own, led by Kate Indreland and her 24th-place finish.

Indreland’s time of 24:03.94 put her in the exact middle of the pack of 48 runners.

All four of Big Timber’s varsity runners finished within 1:38 of each other. Tanna Campbell was the second of those four runners. Her time of 24:21.75 put her in 30th place, two spots ahead of teammate Brielle Stosich.

Stosich turned in a time of 24:48.04 to finish 32nd overall, and Emily Hughes finished with a time of 25:41.45 for 40th place.

“For Brielle and Emily, that was their first three-mile race ever,” Bowden said. “It was pretty new, and there is a lot to learn. We’re going to Billings this week, which is a pretty big meet, so that will be good experience.”

Big Timber will have a fifth varsity runner starting this week in Billings, but Jordan Chulyak did not have enough practice time to participate in the first meet.

Big Timber’s two varsity boy runners, Brandon Schwers and Clayton Gano, both turned in good times, as well.

Schwers finished 38th out of 56 boys, and Gano was 43rd. Schwers turned in a time of 20:43.00, while Gano finished in 21:04.13.

“Clayton ran a minute faster than he did in the first race last year,” Bowden said. “That was very exciting.”

The Herders also had one runner in the boys’ JV race. John Baxter ran a 24:23.67 which put him in 21st out of 31 runners.

“John joined us not really being much of a runner,” Bowden said. “He started mid-summer. He got in running three to four miles twice a week, and he’s doing awesome.”

The Herders will be in Billings Friday, Sept. 4, for their next race.

Story by Thomas Watson / Yellowstone Newspapers
Photos by Hunter D’Antuono / Yellowstone Newspapers