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  • Malta at State B Meet in Kalispell

    Thea Solberg, For the PCN|Oct 25, 2023

    The Malta High School Cross Country Team ventured west on a beautiful autumn morning to Kalispell for the 60th MHSA State Cross Country Championship meet which was to be held at Rebecca Farm, an equestrian (horseback riding) facility that hosts one of the largest equestrian eventing competitions in the United States. But this Saturday’s event would be the state cross country races. “Third time’s the charm” I thought as we were riding along in the bus. This was the Malta Cross Country team’s third time to compete at the state meet in Kalispell....

  • Malta Cross Country Heading to State Meet In Kalispell

    Thea Solberg, For the PCN|Oct 18, 2023

    The Malta Cross Country team headed west on a crispy cool autumn morning on Friday the 13th to the annual Harlem Invitational Cross Country Meet, which took place out at the Harlem Golf Course, a flat 3.1 mile course. As luck would have it, this meet would be a boon to runners as they tested their skills they have worked on all season. This is the last race many of the runners will participate in before heading into the post season and a trip to the state meet in Kalispell on October 21. The...

  • Malta Runs at Fort Peck, Home Meet This Saturday at Marian Hills

    Thea Solberg, For the PCN|Oct 4, 2023

    Fort Peck's Downstream Campground below the Fort Peck Dam was the scene of the Glasgow Scottie Invitational Cross Country Meet, held on a very windy and cool Saturday, September 30. Many teams from all over northeastern Montana were invited to run one of the fastest courses around the area. The very flat paved Nature Trail weaves around ponds, cat tails and views of the powerhouses. The start of the race was changed this year from the prairie area to the parking lot near the Interpretive...

  • Malta Runs in Shelby and Frazer

    Thea Solberg, For the PCN|Sep 27, 2023

    The Malta Cross Country Team didn’t have a doubleheader, but we doubled up this week. We had a meet in Shelby on Monday and then another one in Frazer on Thursday, all in the same week. It is not very often we participate in two meets in one week, but that’s how the schedule worked for us this year. And we capitalized on the fact that we had a free weekend, so we focused on getting in some good solid practices this past week and that paid off. We headed west on Monday to the annual Shelby Cross Country meet which is always a fun and fes...

  • Malta Runners at Poplar Meet, Runners Qualify for State

    Thea Solberg, PCN Correspondent|Sep 6, 2023

    The Malta Cross Country team ran at the Poplar Invitational last Saturday, September 2. Individually, Kash Stiles finished thirty-fourth with a time of 23:05, Kael Young was thirty-fifth with a time of 23:06, Michael Mayer was forty-fifth with a time of 24:51, and Megan Morser was twenty-second with a time of 26:51. Poplar won the boys' meet, Trinity Christian (Williston) was second, Scobey was third, Wolf Point was fourth, Frazier was fifth, and Glasgow was sixth. The girls' meet was won by...

  • Malta Cross Country Season Starts in Wolf Point

    Thea Solberg, For the PCN|Aug 30, 2023

    The Malta Cross Country team competed in their first meet of the season on Friday, August 25, in Wolf Point. Megan Morser is Malta's lone M-ette and was able to post a time of 30:04 and placed twenty-sixth. For the Mustangs, Kash Stiles crossed the line in twenty-ninth place in the boys race. Stiles' time was 22.58. Kael Young was thirty-third with a time of 24:05. Michael Mayer was fifty-fourth with a time of 29:11. The following is a write-up by Malta Head Coach Thea Solberg. The first race...

  • Six Runners Headed to State

    Thea Solberg, PCN Correspondent|Oct 26, 2022

    The Malta Cross Country teams headed west to Missoula for the final meet of the season, the state cross country championships, which were to be held on Saturday, October 22. Kirsta Meisdalen led the M-ettes, finishing 92nd with a time of 24:59. Megan Morser was 133rd with a time of 28:20. Izzie Hallenberg was 147th with a time of 33:37. Kael Young led the Mustangs with a time of 23:14 and Kash Stiles had a time of 25:08. The state meet was predicted to be a wet one so we prepared as best we coul...

  • Six Runners Headed to State

    Thea Solberg, PCN Correspondent|Oct 19, 2022

    The Malta Cross Country team headed west on Friday the 14th to the annual Harlem Invitational Cross Country Meet, which took place out at the Harlem Golf Course, a very flat 3.1 mile course that is a boon to runners as they test the skills they have been working on all season. This is the last race many of the runners will participate in before heading to the state meet on Saturday, October 22. Malta runners headed to state include M-ettes Kirsta Meisdalen, Megan Morser, Izzie Hallenberg, and Ki...

  • Malta XC at Frazer Invitational

    Thea Solberg, PCN Correspondent|Oct 12, 2022

    The Frazer Cross Country Meet had been previously scheduled for September 22, but had been postponed because of some much needed rain to the area and the results of that lovely rain event caused a very muddy area for running. But on Tuesday, October 4, the Malta Cross Country team traveled on a very beautiful fall day over to the area called Clark's Hill, just a few miles southwest of Frazer overlooking the beautiful Missouri River. Today's running course was dry and provided just the right...

  • Malta runs in Shelby Meet, Malta Meet this Saturday

    Thea Solberg, PCN Correspondent|Oct 5, 2022

    The Malta Cross Country team competed in the Shelby Invitational last Friday, September 30. The team is also set to host the Malta Athletic Club Invitational on Saturday, October 8, at Marian Hills Golf Course. Races start at 10 a.m. The day will also serve as the team's senior recognition day for senior runners Izzie Hallenberg, Kirsta Meisdalen, and Olivia Negus, who will be honored at 9 a.m. For the M-ettes, Meisdalen led the team by taking 11th place with a time of 25:30. Morser was 25th...

  • New Bests at Fort Peck for Malta XC

    Thea Solberg, PCN Correspondent|Sep 21, 2022

    The Malta Cross Country team performed well at the Scottie Invitational with almost the entire team posting their best performance of the season. "This is a very exciting meet because the competition is great and the course is fast." Malta Cross Country Coach Thea Solberg said. "This is the race that a person can run and post one of your best times of the season." This is not the usual cross-country course with grass and dirt roads that you might find at a golf course. Once you get over the prai...

  • Malta XC competes in Havre Meet

    Thea Solberg, PCN Correspondent|Sep 14, 2022

    The Malta Cross Country runners competed at the Havre Cross Country Meet on Saturday, September 10. The overall winner of the girl's varsity 3 mile race at the Prairie Farms Golf Course in Havre was Tanae Baker of Glasgow who ran the race in 19:30. Her teammate Emily See was the second place runner and ran in with a time of 19:38. Shelbi LaBrie of Whitewater was the 3rd place runner and she ran in with a time of 19:41. Kirsta Meisdalen led the M-ettes with a time of 24:52 and a 19th place...

  • Malta XC runs in Poplar Meet

    Thea Solberg, PCN Correspondent|Sep 7, 2022

    The Malta Mustang and M-ette Cross Cross teams competed in the Poplar Invitational Cross Country Meet on Saturday, September 3. The M-ettes consisting of five runners, placed 8th with 192 points and the Mustangs were not able to score, only having two runners. The overall winner of the high school boy’s 3 mile race was again Peyton Summers who sailed over the very hot course with an impressive time of 16:56. He is a fun runner to watch because he makes it look so easy and effortless. Being the leader, he sets the pace and if you are c...

  • Malta XC eighth at Wolf Point Invitational

    Thea Solberg, PCN Correspondent|Sep 1, 2021

    The overall winner of the high school girl's 5k, 3.1 mile race of 43 runners was Annie Kaul of Plentywood, who cruised over the Airport Golf Course speedily with a time of 19:51. Second place went to Mya Green of Scobey, who ran 20:55 over the course and was followed by third place finisher Jazmin Gorder of Poplar, who ran a time of 21:37. The Malta Mette's placed as follows: Kira Beck was fourteenth with a time of 25:40, Kirsta Meisdalen was seventeenth with a time of 26:23. Megan Morser was th...

  • M-ette runners at State B

    Thea Solberg, PCN Correspondent|Oct 28, 2020

    The Malta High School Cross Country Team participated in the wintry 2020 State Cross Country meet held at Rebecca Farm, an equestrian event facility in Kalispell on Friday, October 23. The M-ettes placed 15th as a team with a total of 503. Broadwater won the meet with 59 points, followed by Manhattan who had 60, and Red Lodge who had 99. M-ette senior Leslie Young ran her last race of her high school cross country career. She posted a time of 24:26.81. She gave it her all in the wintry...

  • M-ettes run in Glasgow once more

    Thea Solberg, PCN Correspondent|Oct 21, 2020

    A few of the Malta M-ettes ran at the First Nemont Invitational Cross Country Meet on Thursday, October 15. The meet was held at the flat and fast Fort Peck course. Next action for the M-ette Cross Country team is the state meet at Kalispell on Friday October 23. Iris McKean of Glasgow, who posted a time of 19:32, was the overall winner of the fast paced high school girl's race that took place on the paved trails of the Downstream Nature Trails below the Fort Peck Dam on a cold autumn morning. S...

  • M-ette Cross Country: Young named MVR, O'Brien Most Impoved

    Coach Thea Solberg|May 13, 2020

    I would like to recognize the team. Seniors Kaycee Bond and Jillian O'Brien, juniors Danie Rhodes and Leslie Young, freshmen Izzie Hallenberg and Kirsta Meisdalen. A special thank you goes out to Assistant Coach Fallon Handley for all your dedication in making M-ette Cross Country a fun sport. I would like to thank all of you student-athletes who took up the challenge to run cross country this past season. It takes a special kind of person to be able to make it through this tough endurance...

  • M-ettes take first in Harlem

    Thea Solberg, PCN Correspondent|Oct 16, 2019

    The Malta M-ettes Cross Country team ran in the Harlem Invitational meet on Friday, October 11. The overall winner of the high school girls' race of 25 runners on a very crispy cold autumn morning was L'Tia Lawrence who ran her last home cross country meet at the frosty Harlem Golf Course with a speedy time of 19:20. Teammate Taya Trottier ran to a second-place finish with a time of 22:02. And third-place honors went to Wolf Point runner Hermyanie Campbell who ran in with a time of 22:42....

  • M-ettes run in Fort Peck

    Thea Solberg, PCN Correspondent|Oct 9, 2019

    Saturday, October 5, was the setting for the Scottie Invitational Cross Country Meet, taking place on the paved trails at the Downstream Nature Trail there below the dam at Fort Peck. This was a meet that had been scheduled for the previous weekend, but due to the strong winter storm that swept across the state, was postponed until this past weekend. The overall winner of the fast paced high school girls race was Annie Kaul of Plentywood who paced with the top runners and eventually pulled ahead...

  • M-ettes XC in Frazer

    Thea Solberg, PCN Correspondent|Oct 2, 2019

    The Malta M-ettes Cross Country team ran in the 50th Annual Frazer Cross Country Meet on Thursday, September 26, in Frazer. The M-ettes took third place among the five teams present at the event. Glasgow won the meet with 28 points. Scobey was second with 60 points. Malta was third with 77 points, Fairview was fourth with 93 points and Plentywood was fifth with 94. Other teams that participated at the 50th Annual Frazer Cross Country Meet were Circle, Culbertson, Harlem, Richey-Lambert, Wolf Point, Trenton, N.D., and Frazer. The overall winner...

  • M-ettes XC Earn 17th at State

    Thea Solberg, PCN Correspondent|Oct 24, 2018

    If there could have been a trophy awarded for the weather, today would have gotten it. With clear, azure blue skies, not a wisp of a breeze, and warm 65 -degree temperatures, it was a picture perfect day for running. The green grass and the golden trees were a pleasing contrast of color. Dotting the sky was an occasional colorful Para-glider soaring above the golf course and Mount Sentinel. Spectators were lightly dressed compared to the cold windy state meet of the previous year where all manner of winter wear could be seen. No goosebumps...

  • M-ette XC headed to State in Missoula

    Thea Solberg, PCN Correspondent|Oct 17, 2018

    The overall winner of the girl’s 3 mile race that was held in Fort Belknap due to the soggy wet conditions of the Harlem golf course was Allie Azure of Poplar who ran over the nice paved course in a time of 20:23. Second place honors went to Sunburst’s Brooke Holland who ran just a few steps behind with 20:25. And Harlem’s L’Tia Lawrence ran over the course at her home meet with a time of 21:35. The Malta Mette’s placed as follows: 1. Leslie Young 11th, 23:32 2. Nikki Nicholson 14th, 24:06 3....

  • M-ettes Cross Country recap from the Browning Invite

    Thea Solberg, PCN Correspondent|Oct 17, 2018

    Editor’s Note: The picture and story from last week’s PCN was mistakenly ran in place of the Browning Meet. The photo of Mira Heitland from last week was taken at the Browning meet on Saturday, October 6, and not the “2018 Golden Eagle Invitational in Fergus.” The Golden Eagle meet was held on Friday, September 14. The Malta M-ettes Cross Country team ran in the Browning Invitational Cross Country Meet that was held at the Cut Bank Golf Course on Saturday, October 6. Teams that participated were Columbia Falls, Havre, Browning, Fairfie...

  • M-ettes lone Class B Team in Fergus

    Thea Solberg, PCN Correspondent|Oct 10, 2018

    The Malta M-ette cross country team participated at the Golden Eagle Cross Country Meet on Friday, September 14. The meet was held at the Pine Meadows Golf Course. "This is a hilly course" the meet invitation stated. The course surface was mostly grass and mowed wild grass, a surface that isn't as easy to run on as a harder surface such as dirt or gravel roads. So the team was up to quite a challenge here. Fourteen schools participated. The competition would also be tough because most all of...

  • M-ette XC second at Shelby Invite

    Thea Solberg, PCN Correspondent|Oct 3, 2018

    The Malta M-ettes ran at the Glasgow Scottie Cross Country Meet at Fort Peck last Saturday, September 29. The overall winner of the varsity girls race that took place at the Downstream Nature Trail in Fort Peck was Eleni Lovgren of Williston High School, who ran speedily over the course with a time of 19:16. Second place went to Trysta Stingley of Riverton who ran in with a time of 19:26. Third place went to Glasgow's Iris McKean who ran a 20:24. The M-ettes placed individually as follows: Leslie Young took twentieth with a time of 23:04,...

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