Schoonen takes place on All State stand

Dillon runners achieve personal bests

Gaining a spot on the All State list, as well as recording a number of personal bests at Saturday’s Class A cross country state championship runs helped cap another season for Beaverhead County High School’s runners.

Sage Schoonen, Dillon’s speedy sophomore, captured fourth place in the boys’ race with a time of 15:46.68, 15 seconds behind Anthony Schmalz (15:30.18), who was running for the combined Hamilton-Victor team. Hamilton-Victor won the team title with 48 points and four runners among the top 15.

The Corvallis girls took top three places in the girls’ race to give the Blue Devils the team win, just as expected by Dillon Coach Betty Iverson, who had also correctly predicted Hamilton’s predominance in the boys’ run.

Caleigh Buckmaster finished 28th in the girls’ Class A race, up from 36th in 2012, with a time of 20:43, two seconds faster than last year. Supporting her in the scoring for Dillon were Hannah Telling, Jordan Peterson, Audrey Schurg and Jordynn Schindler.

“It was a beautiful day,” Iverson said, though low overnight temperatures before the meet left the grass slippery. “They had to move all starting times back an hour because of frost on the grass.”

With plenty of sunshine, it was a good day for the Beavers with nearly ideal running conditions at Missoula’s University of Montana Golf Course.

“Sage ran well,” Iverson said. “It was a great race to watch because you knew who the top five or six are, and there they are as they go by early on. The anticipation at the finish line then is nerve wracking!”

Dillon’s top three boys had average mile paces of less than six minutes. Schoonen maintained a 5:15 mile pace, while Isaiah Girard hit 5:54 to record a 17:42.29 finish and Luke Harper clocked a 5:57 pace, crossing the line at 17:50.5.

“Five of our seven boys had career personal bests,” Iverson said. “Colton (Buckmaster) improved again, this time by 32 seconds, Isaiah by 42 seconds, Hunter (Clark) by 32 seconds, Luke by 49 seconds and Josh (Mosher) by 17 seconds.

“Those were some pretty impressive increases. David (Casey) and Sage were just a few seconds off” personal bests, she added. Also noteworthy is that, Schoonen’s time was more than a minute faster than the 16:55 he posted in 2012.

For the girls, also recording personal bests were Caroline Andos, a BCHS exchange student from Norway, who improved her time by 19 seconds, Peterson with a one-second improvement and Schindler, better by 16 seconds. Iverson said Peterson “had a strong race” to achieve her first PB this year.

“Hannah, Audrey and Annie (Anderson) were just seconds away from getting personal bests, also,” she said. “We were running without Kathleen (Tatarka) so our alternate, Caroline Andos, “filled in and ran very well.”

The improvements in the Beavers’ times, compared to last year’s state Class A meet, also bode well for next year, when most of the Dillon runners will likely return as veterans. Of those running varsity this season, the only seniors are Clark and Casey on the boys’ team and Schindler on the girls’ team.

State A Championship

Oct. 26, 2013, Missoula

Boys

1. Hamilton-Victor 48; 2. Corvallis 129; 3. Laurel 137; 4. Browning 161; 5. Whitefish 164; 6. Hardin 180; 7. Fergus 181; 8. Custer County 251; 9. Dawson County-Baker-Plevna 258; 10. Belgrade 268; 11. Havre 278; 12. Frenchtown-Alberton 337; 13. Beaverhead County 344; 14. Columbia Falls 381; 15. Park 399; 16. Billings Central 406; 17. Polson 430; 18. Butte Central 447; 19. Anaconda 464; 20. Libby 639

All-State— 1. Anthony Schmalz Hamilton-Victor 15:30.18; 2. Jonathan Eastwood Belgrade 15:35.81; 3. Tyler Mogan Laurel 15:38.38; 4. Sage Schoonen Beaverhead County 15:46.68; 5. Easton Albert Hamilton-Victor 15:47.91; 6. Aidan Theard Anaconda 16:08.69; 7. Brady Stone Browning 16:11.99; 8. Delvin Walks Hardin 16:16.30; 9. Emmette Dustybull Browning 16:16.46; 10. Cameron Miekle Hamilton-Victor 16:28.35; 11. Ronald Venema Corvallis 16:28.58; 12. Austin Stradley Custer County 16:29.85; 13. Karill Apedaile Hamilton-Victor 16:34.83; 14. Ryan McKinney Fergus 16:35.67; 15. Caleb Ware Hardin 16:35.68.

Dillon scorers— 4. Sage Schoonen 15:46.68; 56. Isaiah Girard 17:42.29; 67. Luke Harper 17:50.50; 106. Hunter Clark 18:56.51; 111. Colton Buckmaster 19:14.39.

Other Dillon runners— 127. David Casey 20:06.66; 133. Josh Mosher 20:39.82.

Girls

1. Corvallis 29; 2. Whitefish 126; 3. Billings Central 129; 4. Havre 166; 5. Hamilton-Victor 169; 6. Polson 183; 7. Dawson County-Baker-Plevna 217; 8. Columbia Falls 253; 9. Park 273; 10. Custer County 276; 11. Beaverhead County 281; 12. Belgrade 289; 13. Browning 289; 14. Laurel 330; 15. Hardin 340; 17. Frenchtown-Alberton 565; 18. Libby 589

All-State— 1. Sadi Henderson Corvallis 17:58.14; 2. Isabella Pape Corvallis 18:11.41; 3. Kaycie Stewart Corvallis 18:29.88; 4. Dalainy Tedesco Fergus 19:23.39; 5. Claudia Hewston Polson 19:24.93; 6. Alexa Horrell Billings Central 19:29.60; 7. Kaitlin Stromberg Hamilton-Victor 19:29.85; 8. Courtney Little Dog-Juneau Browning 19:30.26; 9. Samantha Mundel Columbia Falls 19:31.80; 10. Morgan McDonnell Billings Central 19:33.51; 11. Amelia Gardner Corvallis 19:38.68; 12. Sydnee McClendon Corvallis 19:39.34; 13. Lexi Gradwohl Laurel 19:40.67; 14. Haley Ohm Havre 19:40.79; 15. Emily Regan Custer County 19:42.52.

Dillon scorers— 28. Caleigh Buckmaster 20:43.00; 40. Hannah Telling 21:18.75; 64. Jordan Peterson 22:04.37; 68. Audrey Schurg 22:08.71; 81. Jordynn Schindler 22:42.39.

Other Dillon runners— 94. Annabelle Anderson 23:11.03; 108. Caroline Andos 23:57.13.