So, a week from today the Big Sky Distance Project will be getting ready to toe the starting lines at the USA Track & Field Club Championship Cross Country meet in Spokane.
We'll be taking 4 full teams.
First up will be the Master's Women's team (hometown)(MT Cup age division placing) - Julie Gilchrist (Ovando)(2), Debbie Gibson (Helena)(3), Pam Schiemer (Missoula)(9), Jennifer Straughan (Missoula)(11) and Demaris Taylor (Helena)(12).
They'll be followed by the Master's Men - Sandbagger (aka Ray) Hunt (Deer Lodge)(1), Kirk Keller (Three Forks)(3), John Herring (Missoula)(5), Craig Kenworthy (Bozeman)(6), Tom DeLuca (Bozeman)(10), Tony Banovich (Plains)(13) and Chas Day (Bozeman)(N/A).
The Women's Open will be next - Nicole Hunt (Deer Lodge)(2), Jenni Brown (Polson)(6), Rye Palen (Missoula)(7), Marta Fisher (Helena)(10), Jenny Newton (Missoula)(13) and Michelle Bazzanella (Helena)(14).
The last of the teams to hit the line will be the Men's Open - Matt Winter (Missoula)(1), Alan King (Billings)(2), Kelly Fulton (Bozeman)(5), Jimmy Grant (Missoula)(6), Dewey Peacock (Bozeman)(13) and Matt Seeley (Polson)(N/A).
So, you can see that we have great representation from across the State with 6 of the 7 Montana Cup regions represented (Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Helena, Kalispell and Missoula). We have large cities (Billings) and small (Ovando & Plains). Young (24) to Less Young (65+). Based on Montana Cup finishes (which is the most competitive single head to head race in the state), we have some of the best athletes in Montana competing as part of our motley crew.
The teams are getting excited and looking forward to the fast and furious fun next weekend.
Check back often for team and meet updates.
See you in cross country's mud pits and the frozen tundra
The Muddy Buzzard