Mali Noyes, a senior at The Community School, led a field of 105 high school girls for a first place finish at the Gooding Invitational 5K (3.1 miles) cross country meet Tuesday at the Gooding Golf Course.
Noyes clocked a winning time of 19:38 to beat her closest competitor, Lani Bates of Twin Falls High School, by five seconds. Noyes' long time rival Lisa Romer, of Valley High School, finished third with a time of 19:54.
Community School coach Abi Holt credited Noyes, who is also an avid cross country skiing competitor, with running a "really smart race" to pull off the victory.
Other Community School girls who competed in the meet were Courtney Hamilton (24:01) and Marissa Dreyer (24:37).
"This is the same course that we will run on for districts next Wednesday," said Holt. "So it was a great chance for everyone to get a feel for the course before their chance to qualify for the state meet."
For Wood River High School, Julia Bowman captured 10th place in 20:40 to lead her team to a second place finish behind Twin Falls.
Wood River's Ashley Rendahl (21:15) finished in 14th place and teammate Tess Dahlgren (21:37) captured the 18th spot.
Other Wood River girls who competed were: Rosie Gilchrist (21:51), Bronwen Raff (22:37), Maddie Cordovano (23:06), Tricia McLaughlin (23:17), Heidi Bergt (23:19), Maddi Deffee (23:30), Chelsea Herren (24:36) Desi Peters (25:18), Jordan Scanlon (26:12) and Aimee Loudenslager (26:35).
High School Boys
The Wood River boys placed seventh in the twelve-team event. Joe Zeman clocked a time of 17:26 to place 22nd in a field of 91 racers to lead the Wolverine boys.
Other Wood River competitors were: Pedro Morales (18:02), Chase Caulkins (18:10), Cole Wells (18:24), Sam Colesworthy (18:27), Zach Thorton (18:44) and Bryce Moulton (18:44).
For the Community School, Mike Matteson ran the race in 17:55 to place 27th.
Other Community School racers were Sean Dumke (19:20), Max Durtschi (19:33), Sam Farnham (20:22) and Taylor Benz (23:41).
The Community School boys placed 11th in the meet, which was won by Burley High School.
Junior Varsity Boys
Wood River took fourth place in junior varsity competition, led by Brandon Baertschi who clocked a time of 20:09 for a 14th place finish in a field of 58 racers.
Wood River's Josh Berry (20:12) placed 15th, Greg LeBlanc (20:15) placed 17th, Brad Dobie (20:21) placed 18th and Conner Caraluzzi (20:24) placed 19th.
Other Wood River JV competitors were: Jack VanPapeaghem (20:33), Clay Johnson (21:14), Dale McLaughlin (21:14), Zach Lowry (21:43), Chris Clark (21:44), Trevor Tamez (21:46), Cody Mortensen (22:17), Kahyman Stauffer (24:37) and John Davidson (24:59).
Jerome High School placed first in the JV competition.
Junior High Competition
Running a shorter course than the high school athletes, Jason Paris clocked a time of 10:59 to place second in a field of 98 competitors and lift the Wood River junior high boys to a second place finish behind Twin Falls.
Other Wood River boys who competed were Max Jones (12:39), Drew Deffee (12:45), Zach Israel (12:53), Walker Royston (12:54), Rory Lynch (13:12), Jake Miczculski (13:49) and Hunter VanBramer (14:41)
Corrine Smith finished in 14th place in a field of 74 runners with a time of 13:39 for the Wood River junior high girls.
Other Wood River junior high girls who competed were: Isabelle Thornton (14:15), Morgan Brimstein (14:20), Darri McLaughlin (15:35), Madison Tidwell (17:12), Elli Shay (17:23), Becca Boushele (22:53) and Jamie Bennett (22:53).