During his sophomore year in high school at Billings Central, John Sillitti was introduced to an unexpected, but incredibly rewarding career path.
Manhattan has produced some of the best distance runners in the state over the past decade, and another will be continuing her career at the next level.
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.
As a light snow shower passed through the area Saturday morning, Nate TeSlaa found a spot on the course adjacent to Manhattan High School where he could see his runners for the majority of the race.
Competing on a fairly flat course in Townsend, local harriers boasted fast times Saturday at Old Baldy Golf Course during the Rusty Raisland Invitational.