Polson’s Bea Frissell chasing State A records

Polson senior Bea Frissell is congratulated by her coach after breaking her own school record in the 3,200-meter run at the Whitefish ARM. (ALEC BOFINGER/MTN Sports)

WHITEFISH — Polson senior Bea Frissell has been one of the best distance runners in Class A during her high school career.

The University of Montana cross country and track commit has performed particularly well the past two seasons. She won both the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs at the 2018 State A track meet in Laurel and has Class A’s best times in the events this year.

“I think I have more in me, for sure,” Frissell told MTN Sports recently. “I’m really excited for the mile for the coming races and I’m really excited for basically all the races, because I think I have more in me and I’m ready to go.”

She wasn’t wrong. Frissell went on to set a personal best and new Polson school record in the 1,600 at the Nelson-Thomas ABC meet this past weekend, crossing the line in 5 minutes, 5.38 seconds. Along with her time of 10:53.14 in the 3,200, suddenly former Belgrade standout Pipi Eitel’s State A records seem to be within reach.

“It’s pretty amazing. Thinking back to my sophomore year and freshman year, I never imagined that I would get that time,” Frissell said of the 3,200. “I haven’t thought about (the records) much, but I guess it’s a possibility. It’s definitely something that I’ll be thinking about in the next few weeks and really training for.”

The Western A divisional meet is Friday and Saturday in Butte. The state meet, the only place state records can be set, is May 24-25 at Laurel.

Alec Bofinger

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