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By Pierre Bibbs
Sports Editor 

Best has 'Flu Race' and qualifies for State


October 3, 2018

Pierre Bibbs

Sophomore Ireland Best qualified for state last Saturday in Glasgow at the Scottie Meet.

The Dodson-Whitewater Harriers officially have a team of three runners headed to the State Cross Country Meet as Sophomore Ireland Best qualified for state at the Glasgow Invitational.

The meet was held at Fort Peck on Saturday, September 29.

Best was the lone Harrier runner at the meet and posted a state-qualifying run of 34:58, two second short of the standard mark for Class C girls runners.

"It was the best race that I had seen out of her," Harrier Coach Tianna Bloomer said. "She definitely pushed herself. She was super-sick, having fought the flu on Thursday night and Friday, and showed up stuffed to the brim with sickness on Saturday."

Best had been looking forward to the Scottie meet, due to the fact that it is typically known as a very flat meet, in which runners post their best times.

"We have been talking about this race since the beginning of the season," Coach Bloomer said. "We were saying that this was her time and this is where she really needed to kick it and try her hardest."

Running the race despite being ill, earned Best praise from her coaches.

"Coach Natacha Doney and I feel like this was her best performance that we have seen," Coach Bloomer said. "She did an excellent job."

All three Harrier runners were present for the Hays-Lodge Pole Invitational at Mission Canyon on Wednesday, September 26.

Bella Lawless had a time of 27:16 and took fifth place, Hannah Hanley had a time of 31:55 and took tenth place, and Best 42:06 and took fourteenth place.

"It was beautiful at Mission Canyon with perfect weather," Harriers Coach Bruce Warren said.

He went on to describe the course as a gradual uphill course.

"It was a trying course," Coach Warren said.

Lawless and Hanley both ran at the Frazer Invitational on Thursday, September 27.

Lawless took twenty-seventh place with a time of 27:23. Hanley took twenty-eighth with a time of 27:25.

"The Frazer course is a true Cross Country Course and it is a grueling course that the kids all call 'the killer hill,'" Warren said. "It is a beautiful course that runs down by the Missouri River. I thought the girls did good because it was our toughest course and it was a really windy day."

Due to the fact that Lawless and Hanley had both ran in the Frazer meet and Hays-Lodge Pole Meet, the duo took the weekend off.

"We didn't go to Glasgow because the girls would've had three meets in one week and that was just a little too much," Coach Warren said.

Coach Warren, who has been practicing with the Whitewater side of the Harriers was proud of how the duo from Whitewater has been doing this season.

"They have been doing really good," Coach Warren said. "They have been maintaining their times in the 27th minute."

The Harriers will be hosting a home meet this Friday, October 5, at Dodson High School. The race will also hold a rose ceremony for the team's lone senior, Lawless of Whitewater High School.

"The race will be held at Dodson High School proper," Coach Bloomer said. "So we ask that people park in our fancy parking lot. This race will incorporate part of our track, part of the Canal banks and part of the town."

The race will be the first home race that Dodson-Whitewater has held in two years due to the race being canceled for poor weather in 2017 and 2016. The race is scheduled for a walk-through at 9 a.m. and is scheduled to start at 10 a.m.


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