So it has been these last four years when the young man across the street rings our doorbell each fall and spring. In the fall he sold coupon packages to help support the Bozeman High School cross country team. In the spring, the sales supported track and field team. Our neighbor is a runner. His name, appropriately enough, is Chase -- Chase Equall. In addition to the 3 mile and 5K cross country races, he runs 800, 1600 and 3200 meter races for the Bozeman High School track team.
When Chase stopped by last fall I asked straight up, "What kind of times do you run?" He mentioned a 3 mile time with a 15-minute handle. "Wow, that's motoring!" I said. I started paying attention.
During the school year I am up early and into town taking one of my daughters to "0" period class at the high school, and/or headed to the Swim Center (attached to the high school) for my early morning laps. Last fall and winter I saw Chase most every morning running through town at 7:00 am whatever the conditions, rain, sleet or snow.
|Chase Equall wins the Bozeman Invitational.|
Last spring Chase finished second in state at 1,600 meters.
|5.||11||Dawson LaRance||4:20.78a||Billings Senior|
|9.||11||Peder Rickbeil||4:28.34a||Billings Senior|
|10.||10||Cooper West||4:29.81a||Charles M Russell(Gr...|
|13.||12||Collin Buck||4:31.94a||Charles M Russell(Gr...|
|15.||10||Teagan Olson||4:33.59a||Great Falls|
When Chase rang the door bell this September I said "Hey, don't underestimate yourself. Shoot for the moon!" He is doing exactly that. He has left teammate Riley Collins, and virtually every other runner in the Pacific Northwest, in his wake.
This last September, Chase beat the field in a 50 school race, which included competitors from Washington, Idaho and Montana.
Montana Sports named Chase athlete of the week in mid October.