Heading into the state meet Belgrade’s runners knew they weren’t in contention for hardware at the 57th Annual MHSA State Cross Country Championships. Still, they put together a strong performance in brutally cold and windy conditions Saturday at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell.

As the leaders created some distance from the rest of the pack during the first mile, Hallie Hemenway remained patient as the snow began to intensify Saturday afternoon. The last thing she wanted to do was expend too much energy in the early going.