Glacier's Annie Hill led the pack of varsity girls through two miles, before finishing in 12th place - MTN Sports photo

MISSOULA – Thousands of high school athletes competed at the University Golf Course in Missoula Saturday morning for the Mountain West Invite.

Going into Saturday’s race, Kalispell Glacier junior Annie Hill was viewed as one of the favorites. Hill and Billings Senior’s Tiahna Vladic remained neck and neck through the race’s first two miles. While Hill led the first mile by just 13 hundredths of a second, she extended her lead over Vladic by nearly four seconds through two miles. However, what appeared to be an injury to Hill saw her fall back into a 12th place finish, and over a full minute behind Vladic. The Senior runner finished with a time of 17:04.63, 20 seconds faster than 2nd place finisher Ella Degrandpre from Missoula Hellgate.

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The boys’ race was much more undecided as it neared the finish line. The top 5 finishers were within 4 seconds of each other after one mile, and 15 seconds after two miles. Bozeman’s Chase Equall took the lead after two miles and finished in first place with a time of 14:58.95. Amir Ado from Joel Ferris finished shortly after Equall, with a time of 15:01.47.

As a team, Bozeman won both the boys and girls events at the Invite. The girls featured three of the top 5 finishers in the race, as well as five in the top 25, for a total of 57 points. Led by overall winner Chase Equall, the boys featured two top 10 finishers, and four of the top 16.

For a full list of the race’s results, click here.