Bulldog runners Genovese, Henson and Cooke end season with all-state honors

At the Montana State Cross Country Championships on Saturday in Missoula, the Whitefish runners played, closing in on the best results of the season to put an exclamation mark on the 2021 season.

Bulldog sophomore Mason Genovese entered a competitive race to finish in sixth place in Class A in the state competition. He beat his previous PR, 16: 59.1 set in September at the Flathead Invite, by almost 2 seconds to set a new record; he finished the State A race in 16: 57.42.

“Mason led a PR and with great confidence,” Whitefish head coach Richard Menicke said. “He was 20th in first year and sixth in second… I like his trajectory.

Whitefish senior Jacob Henson came close to breaking his personal best but ran the race in 17: 25.28 to take 13th place in Class A and claim all-state honors with Genovese.

“Mason and Jacob’s races were amazing and ambitious starts and they really worked hard in the third mile to stay in the top 15,” added Menicke. “Henson in particular competed the best he’s ever had in the sport, period.”

The boys’ team took fourth place in the team results; Hamilton won the state with 38 points, Hardin was second with 83, Corvallis third with 87 and Whitefish had 131 points.

Barrett Garcia of Whitefish was 30th and was the Bulldogs’ third fastest of the day. Landon Brown was 36 and Reudi Steiner finished 46 in class A.

“We ran well as a group – 10 to 15 seconds off the best scores of the season – but we would have needed some incredible runs from all seven races plus a few bad runs from third team Corvallis which didn’t happen” , remembers Menicke. “We got some very strong races from our No 3-5 Barrett Garcia, Landon Brown and Reudi Steiner to secure fourth place with fifth place not far behind.”

The Whitefish Girls’ team took a sixth place overall in the State A race.

Senior Bulldog Paetra Cooke once again led her team as the Whitefish Girls’ top finisher. She placed 13th in Class A and ran the race the best way of the season at 20: 45.21.

“The girls came in seventh and got sixth overall, so a very successful race,” said Menicke. “We had an athlete from all states in Paetra Cooke… like she did during the second half of the season, she was definitely one of the strongest athletes in the way she ran the last mile.”

Whitefish sophomore Morgan Grube was the Lady Bulldog’s second fastest of the day with a time of 21: 58.06 followed by Hazel Gawe in 22: 36.64; Grube came in 29th and Gawe finished 39th in class A.

Bulldogs Alie Simpson and Maggie Pulsifer each broke their season records in state competition, which Menicke said really helped the team to finish sixth.


Team scores – 1, Columbia Falls 92; 2, Corvallis 99; 3, Hardin 107; 4, Laurier 146; 5, Hamilton 175; 6, whitefish 178; 7, Miles City 183; 8, Dillon 183; 9, Lewistown 196; 10, Polson 221; 11, Livingston 312; 12, Havre 313; 13, Browning 369; 14, Frenchtown 435; 15, Glendive 441.

WHITE FISH – 13, Paetra Cook 20: 45.21; 29, Morgan Grube 21: 58.06; 39, Hazel Gawe 22: 36.64; 48, Alie Simpson 23: 02.21; 49, Maggie Pulsifer 23: 05.51.


Team scores – 1, Hamilton 38; 2, Hardin 83; 3, Corvallis 87; 4, whitefish 131; 5, Columbia Falls 148; 6, Laurier 149; 7, Dillon 228; 8, Polson 228; 9, Browning 363; 10, Livingston 271; 11, Miles City 326; 12, Libby 335; 13, Havre 354; 14, Glendive 354; 15, Billings Central 416; 16, Ronan 461; 17, Lewistown 481; 18, Lockwood 516; 19, Sidney 573; 20, Stevensville 580.

WHITE FISH – 6, Mason Genovese 16: 57.42; 13, Jacob Henson 17: 25.28; 30, Barrett Garcia 18:08:20; 36, Landon Brown 18: 21.69; 46, Ruedi Steiner 18: 40.73.




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