The potential exists for some big performances by past and present Big Sky athletes.
On Saturday in Bend, Oregon will be the USATF Club Championships.
On the men's side, Gardiner native John Ricardi will be competing as part of the Club Northwest team. John's an accomplished runner - a grad of Idaho State and having competed in the 2012 Olympic Trials in the steeple chase.
For the women, there will be 4 women from Missoula taking part as members of the Mountain West Track Club. In the master's women 6K, a team comprised of Courtney Babcock, Jenny Newton and Janicka Umile will be running to try to get on the podium.
In the open women's race, Megan Brooker will be representing the Big Sky. This will be Meg's first national caliber event since undergoing treatment earlier this year for a brain tumor. Hard to believe that she's come this far back since early summer; and, am excited to see how Saturday turns out for her.
The biggest race of the day may very well be the final HS race of the season. Makena Morley of Bigfork will be competing at the Foot Locker National Championships. Morley has only had one loss this year - that was at the NXN Northwest Regional meet. At NXN she was beat by just 9 seconds by Alexa Efraimson - who went on to win NXN nationals last weekend. Morley had a convincing win at Foot Locker West Regionals, won the MT Cup and had the fastest ever girls time at the MT High School XC championships in October.
Good luck to all competing this weekend - we'll be watching proudly.
See you on the Roads, Tracks and Trails.
The Muddy Buzzard