Ex-college star, Northey wins in competitive return in Montana

June 24, 2019
Jenette Northey running

Jenette Northey

The knee injury that forced Anchorage’s Jenette Northey to slow down at the end of her college career couldn’t completely derail her love for running.

More than a year later the former Montana State University star has turned her sights to trail running.

Over the weekend she made a victorious debut at the Jim Bridger Trail Run in Bozeman, Montana, where she covered the 10-mile race with more than 2,000 feet of elevation gain in a time of 1:30:54.

Northey, of Service High fame, tore the ACL, MCL and meniscus in her left knee in 2017 before her senior season.

“It’s a blessing to be out here,” Northey told the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. “I’m just so thankful.”

Before the injury she was an All-Big-Sky honoree in the 3,000-meter steeplechase as well as the 5,000 and 3,000.

She wasn’t the same runner when she returned for her senior season, however, sine then she has worked her way back into competitive form.

Now she’s back to winning races again.

“You always hope you win,” Northey said. “When you’re a competitive runner for so long, you think about it, but I was kind of chill. Whatever it is, it is.”