Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Thinclads tackle big field in Twin Falls

Rendahl 12th, Sundali 25th

In a field dominated by high school runners from Idaho 5A and 4A big-city schools, the Wood River High School cross country team performed fairly well Thursday during the annual Twin Falls Classic.

"The race was a tough one for both the boys and girls," said Wood River co-coach Joel Zellers. "The 5A schools dominated, but Taylor Sundali was able to hold his own for the boys finishing 25th (18:16)."

Wolverine junior Ashley Rendahl, coming off her victory at the Salmon Invitational footrace Sept. 29, finished 12th overall in the girls' varsity race with a time of 21:35. Burley senior Stephanie Johnson (19:51), last year's State 4A runner-up, was individual medalist in the 3.1-mile run.

Junior Tess Dahlgren (22:13) was 21st overall and Rosie Gilchrist (22.50) ended up in 31st place.

Zellers said, "Ashley, Tess and Rosie all had good results. Maddie Cordovano (24:47), Meggie Rose (25:32), Georgia Thies (27:03) and Trisha McLaughlin (25:19) rounded out the top seven varsity girls."

There were 19 Wolverine boys and nine girls making Thursday's trip to Canyon Springs Golf Course. About some of the Hailey boys, Zellers said, "Connor Caraluzzi (20:03) had an excellent race as a varsity runner as did Zach Lowry (21:59) and Rob Paris (21:54)."

He added, "The boys' junior varsity race was filled to capacity with Zach Thornton (21:13) and Cole Wells (21:30) being our best finishers. And Brad Dobie (23:15) had a great race as a freshman."

Other girls' times were Aimee Loudenslager 27:33 and Melissa Fischman 28:35. Boys' times included J.D. Hill 19:50, Bryce Moulton 19:52, Nick Purdy 19:57, Sam Colesworthy 21:31, Kyle Niedrich 21:55, Greg LeBlanc 22:50, Curtis Fieguth 22:57, Daniel Henry 23:01, Brandon Baertshi 23:06, Ted Elgee 23:38, Clay Johnson 24:52 and Hans Howard 25:15.

Idaho Falls (41) won the boys' team race with Wood River (322) 11th of 16 schools. Highland of Pocatello (63) topped the girls, as the Wolverines (216) were seventh of 15 schools in the Twin Falls race.

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