Big Sky Country. The Last Best Place. Though our population is small, Montana is one of the coolest places in the country with some incredible cross-country racing.
This week, many of the large schools from around the state gathered together in our capital city, Helena, for a friendly competition. It should be noted that teams traveled as much as 5 hours for this event, a somewhat standard trip for teams in this huge state. The weather was in the low to mid 40s and rainy, which one should expect in Western Montana at this time of year. Luckily, there was very little wind, making for great race day weather.
Today's race was conducted a bit different than most other races. The day started with the boys and girls JV races then moved to the Varsity races. This particular meet included 7 flights of runners with the 7th runners going first, then the 6th on down to the first runners. Scoring was done by adding up the places of each of the 7 runners (yes all 7 runners count), so first place in each race is 1 point, 2nd is 2, etc. Therefore, a perfect score would be 7. Boys and girls run each race together and by the end there was a reasonably large amount of mud covering the course. Whoever wakes up early to go golfing tomorrow is going to be furious.
Without further ado here is the recap: