Lantis takes first at State Cross Country


  He set a goal at the beginning of the season to be a state champion, and he accomplished that goal Saturday in Helena.

The Red Devils’ Layne Lantis won the Class A boys’ individual title in a thrilling race. Lantis ran a time of 16:01.6 to narrowly beat Tyler Mogan of Laurel. Mogan was just 6/10th of a second behind, at 16:02.2. 
The cross country championship for all of Montana’s classes, boys and girls, was held at the Bill Roberts Golf Course in Helena.
“It was a very impressive win for him,” said Coach Jim Temple of Lantis’s accomplishment. “It was the most exciting finish of the day.” 
Temple said Lantis had the goal of being state champion in cross country. 
“He worked very hard to reach that goal, his story is great one. It is very inspiring to many people and it is my sincere hope that young athletes learn from his example,” said Temple.
Lantis’s win helped the Red Devils to an eighth place team finish. DCHS finished with a team score of 219. The Class A boys’ race featured 141 runners representing 21 Class A schools. Whitefish won the Class A boys’ 
team title. The Bulldogs finished with a team score of 96.
Rio Frame suffered a knee injury last school year during the basketball season, but the DCHS senior finished her final year of cross country on a high note.
Frame battled her knee injury throughout this cross country season and missed several meets during the year. She earned All-State honors on Saturday by placing 14th in the Class A girls’ race. She ran the three-mile course in 19:59.9.
“Another good example to set for others is Rio Frame’s story. She tore her ACL last spring. For her to come back from that injury and achieve all-state honors is just remarkable,” said Temple.
He said when he saw Frame at the two-mile mark she had “tears of pain in her eye and she just gutted it out and ran through it.
“She is just plain tough,” the DCHS coach said. 
Frame and the Lady Red Devils finished fifth as a team with a score of 161. The Corvallis girls defended their title by winning this years’ meet with a score of 58. Sadi Henderson of Corvallis won the individual title in Class A with her time of 18:37.6. The Class A girls’ race had 130 runners from 20 different high schools.
Luke Hill was the second runner for the Red Devils and Caitlin Lantis was the second runner for the Lady Red Devils. 
Hill was 40th in the boys’ race running the three miles in 17:59.1. Lantis just missed All-State status with her 16th place finish. She ran the course in 20:14.4.

Published October 24, 2012

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