Montana's own super-sized prep XC meet is this coming weekend in Missoula. The annual Mountain West Classic brings together over 1,000 total runners from the AA, A, B and C ranks and usually includes a couple of teams from Idaho and Washington. Among other things, it's a great opportunity to see how everyone stacks up against each other at the midway point of the season.
As with most years, it's also a good chance to answer and few questions and to raise several questions for fans, coaches and athletes to ponder over the last 4 weeks before state.
Are the Bozeman boys and girls strong enough to sweep the AA titles at state?
How strong are the Whitefish girls on the A level?
Is the best race of the day going to be the AA girls with Keeley West, Kelli Dennehy, Heidi Turner, the Aragon sisters (Alexa and Dani) and Auarlea Fain?
At Mountain West can Drew Coco of Whitefish dominate on the big stage the way he has done in the smaller meets so far this season?
Who can pull off the win in the Class B boys race - Darby, Manhattan, Loyola, Glascow?
Who will pull off the biggest suprise of the year at state?
Can the Hellgate boys show that they weren't a one year wonder?
All good stuff coming up this weekend and in the last weekend in October in Missoula.
Stay tuned for more HS XC info on the muddy buzzard.