Billings Senior's Tiahna Vladic (right) captured her first state cross country title in 2016, unseating two-time defending champ Annie Hill of Kalispell Glacier. (MTN Sports photo)

BILLINGS – Cross country fans are still talking about a terrific cross country story for the girls at Billings Senior after sophomore Tiahna Vladic won the regular season’s most prestigious meet.

Saturday at the Mountain West Classic in Missoula, Vladic outraced two-time champion Annie Hill of Kalispell Glacier, who was ranked No. 2 in the country. Vladic entered ranked 13th and won it in 17 minutes, 4.63 seconds on a wet course.

“I was definitely out of my comfort zone, because my first mile was like a 5:15,” Vladic told MTN Sports on Monday. “I’m used to staying at like 5:30 even sometimes, so I know she goes out really fast in every one of her races, so I knew it would be hard for me to make a comeback. I had to pace myself, kind of like had to run her race, and once I knew I could stay with her in the middle mile, I knew it would be a good race overall.”

The Broncs are in Butte for a meet this weekend. Vladic says she may rest if Annie Hill isn’t there to compete.