Saturday, February 24, 2018

Runner Mariah Fraser led the pack for the Hardin junior varsity team. Fraser took first place, helping the JV’s to an overall first place finish.Jalen Two Leggins runs to a first place finish at the Miles City invite on Saturday. Two Leggins ran the course in 19:16 and the boys team took first place overall.


Bulldog cross-country teams run the table at Miles City Invitational
The key to placing in any sport is peaking at the right time and the Hardin Bulldog cross-country team is doing just that.
With the Eastern A divisional tournament this Saturday, both of Hardin’s varsity teams ran away with first place finishes at the Miles City Invitational last weekend. During the tournament, the boys placed four runners in the top 10 and the girls placed two. 
The boys team score of 28 bested Glendive by 29 points and the girls bested Winnett-Melstone by 11.
Not only did the varsity teams take home first, both Hardin’s junior varsity teams also took first place.
In boys action, Jalen Two Leggins took home a first place win running the course in 16:19, Anton Rides Horse placed second with 16:30 and Holman Real Bird came in fifth at 16:55.
This was the first time all season that three Bulldog runners came in at under 17 minutes.
Fourth in for the Bulldogs was David Prather with a time of 17:09 and an eighth place overall finish.
Rides Horse, Real Bird and Prather all ran their personal best races of the season.
Fifth in for Hardin was Kevin Vallie who ran the course in 17:23, a personal best, placing 12th overall.
Trajan Hill placed sixth for the Bulldogs with a time of 17:44 and Jerrin Whiteman came in seventh with a time of 18:34.
For the first place boys JV team, Lonnie Shield took first overall, Jacinto Brien second, Austin Monroy third, Mykal Grant fourth and Elijah Stops seventh for an overall team score of 17. A perfect team score is 15.
In girls action, it was Mei Li Stevens leading the Lady Bulldogs with a time of 19:56 and a third place overall finish. This was the first time this season that Stevens broke the 20-minute mark. 
Second in for Hardin and taking a fifth place overall finish was Madisan Chavez with a time of 20:10.
Third across the finish line was Naumie DuShane who ran the course in 22:05; she was followed by Marcel Alden with a 22:11 and Kyrstyn Price with a 22:17. They came in 18th, 19th and 20th overall.
Sixth in for Hardin was Michelle Wall at 22:49 and Guan Yin Stevens came in seventh with a time of 22:51.
The girls have reduced their pack time down to 2:21. “The best pack time of the season,” said Head Coach Cindy Farmer. 
In JV action, the Ladies had nine runners place in the top ten, Mariah Fraser first, Sharmayne Hardy third, Trahnea Phalen fourth, Sharmaine Hill fifth, Deshawna Anderson sixth, Jetara Pretty Weasel seventh, Karissa DuShane eighth, Mashaya Alden ninth and Shaelynn Walks Over Ice 10th.
According to Farmer, the runners’ goals are to win the Eastern A division.
“We will be fine-tuning this week in preparation for divisional tournament and the state meet the following week,” she said. “We need to stay mentally focused and run our race.”