State success meets Herder runners

With perfect running weather in Great Falls Saturday, Oct. 24, the Big Timber cross country team had a great showing at the Class B state meet with five of their 10 runners boasting a new personal record after the race.

While the boys did not have enough runners to qualify with a team score, the girls team was 18th out of 24 teams.

Three of the five Herder girls turned in personal records, starting with Tanna Campbell.

Campbell was 57th overall out of 170 total runners with her time of 22:06.12. Brielle Stosich did not run a personal best, but still ran a 22:50.16 which put her at 77th place.

Kate Indreland was right there with Stosich during the race, and the pair of Herders finished within five seconds of each other. Indreland was 80th with a time of 22:55.55.

Emily Hughes and Jordan Chulyak were Big Timber’s fourth and fifth runners to finish. Hughes time of 24:33.94 was a personal record, and Chulyak turned in a time of 25:14.26.

Megan Garrard also ran a personal best time of 29:48.49 to round out the Big Timber girls.

On the boys’ side, Brandon Schwers and Clayton Gano set the pace for the Herder runners by both breaking the 20-minute mark.

Schwers was 100th overall out of 186 runners with a time of 19:20.95, while Gano was 19 spots back with his time of 19:52.11.

John Baxter and Jacob Husman both set personal records at the state meet. Baxter ran a 21:19.15, while Husman turned in a time of 22:25.96.

“Everyone ran well,” head coach Christina Bowden said. “It is always unbelievable how fast the season goes by, but it was a good 10 weeks of challenging practices and races. 

“I am proud of how they performed on their last race and hope that they’ve all gained a sense of accomplishment with how they did this year,” she added. “I am grateful to the parents and all Herder fans for their support and encouragement this season.”

By Thomas Watson / Yellowstone Newspapers

Photo courtesy of Sheri Campbell