Wednesday, October 24, 2007

19 local runners head to state footrace

Sun Valley?s Raff a district XC champion


Two local high schools will send a total 19 runners to the 2007 State Cross Country Meet of the Idaho High School Activities Association on Saturday, Oct. 27 in Idaho Falls.

Community School junior Bronwen Raff will head into Saturday's 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) State 2A/1A girls race at Freeman Park in Idaho Falls as a district champion. Raff won Wednesday's state-qualifying 2A/1A district run at Albion.

The Cutthroats of coaches Rick Kapala and Abi Holt have qualified their entire boys' team and two girls—Raff and district runner-up Marissa Dreyer, also a junior.

Meanwhile, the reigning State 4A third-place Wood River High School girls will send 10 to Idaho Falls—seven qualifiers and three alternates. Joining them will be boy teammates Chase Caulkins and Pedro Morales, who qualified as individuals during Thursday's seven-school Great Basin Conference 4A meet at Albion.

Saturday's state schedule calls for the 2A girls to begin their race at 11 a.m. with the 2A boys taking off at 12 noon. The 4A girls leave at 1 p.m. and the 4A boys at 2 p.m. The 5A and 3A runners will also compete.

Community School at district

Bronwen Raff won Wednesday's 2A/1A district girls' run in 21 minutes and 56 seconds, 11 seconds ahead of runner-up Marissa Dreyer (22:07). In third place of 40 girls was Valley's Zandria Nelson (22:15).

Courtney Hamilton placed 15th in 24:41, Emily Williams 18th in 25:12 and Zana Davey 22nd in 28:40.

Kapala said, "Bronwen and Marissa ran well and had good results. Some of the girls battled sickness and our depth wasn't there." Coach Holt added, "Many of our runners are just hitting their stride."

The Cutthroat girls (51 points) fell a few points short of girls' team front-runners and State 2A/1A team qualifiers Oakley (32) and Valley (48).

In contrast The Community School boys (37 points) finished 2-4-9-11-29 and nearly knocked team champion Oakley (34) off the top of the podium. Both Oakley and The Community School boys qualified full teams for the State 2A/1A meet.

"We came close with the girls. Our next goal as a program is to qualify both squads to state," said Kapala.

Sophomore Max Durtschi (18:03) was the district runner-up to Oakley's individual medalist Ryan Kingsland (17:24). In fourth place of 36 boys was junior Sam Farnham (18:22). Junior Sean Dumke (19:11) placed ninth, Scotty Phelan (19:40) was 11th and Carson Caraluzzi (25:50) was 29th.

Wolverines run at Albion

Wood River High junior Julia Bowman, ranked 17th in the state, and 16th-ranked Wood River sophomore Chase Caulkins cracked the top 10 of the Great Basin Conference District 4/5 races Thursday.

In ninth place, Bowman (20:56) led 15 Hailey girls at Albion but just everybody in the 73-runner girls' field was far behind the top two—Century senior Bethany McInturff (19:00) and junior runner-up Kaylee Campbell (19:15) of Preston. McInturff (18:46) won last year's state race where Campbell was 10th and Bowman 18th.

Rounding out the seven Wolverine girls who qualified as a team for the Idaho Falls engagement were Rosie Gilchrist, Brooke Bowers, Lacie Anderson, Maddie Cordovano, Heidi Bergt and Maddie Deffe. Alternates are Maya Diem, Allie Freund and Clarice Stevens.

Caulkins (17:18) continued his steady progress by placing ninth of 99 Great Basin boys and senior Morales, ranked sixth in the state, was 16th in 17:41 behind individual medalist Aaron Jenkins of Century (16:09). Both Wolverines qualified by finishing in the top 17 individuals.

Jenkins, a Century senior who was the 4A state runner-up in 2006, was 23 seconds ahead of Burley junior David Fillmore (16:32) at Albion.

Preston's boys and girls won the Great Basin team championships. Wood River's girls were fourth with 84 points, two behind Jerome. The top four full teams qualified for state.

Here are results submitted by coaches Joel Zellers and James Foster for Wood River's 31 runners at Thursday's Great Basin final meet:

Varsity boys: 1—Aaron Jenkins (Century) 16:09. 9—Chase Caulkins 17:18. 16—Pedro Morales 17:41. 35—Sam Colesworthy 18:40. 37—Will Spiller 18:59. 41—James Mark 19:14. 42—James Paris 19:14. 43—Greg LeBlanc 19:16. 44—Zack Lowry 19:21. 45—Dale McLaughlin 19:22. 63—Jed Prall 20:38. 74—Walker Royston 21:07. 78—Chris Clark 21:24. 82—John Dilley 22:13. 83—Hunter Scarborough 22:24. 96—Connor Hesselbacher 23:52. 99—Will Drier 27:51 (99 runners). Team totals: 1—Preston 45. 2—Burley 59. 3—Pocatello 67. 4—Century 72. 5—Jerome 126. 6—Wood River 131. 7—Minico 225.

Varsity girls: 1—Bethany McInturff (Century) 19:00. 9—Julia Bowman 20:56. 11—Rosie Gilchrist 21:45. 14—Brooke Bowers 21:50. 22—Lacie Anderson 22:23. 28—Maddie Cordovano 22:45. 31—Heidi Bergt 23:02. 33—Maddie Deffe 23:12. 37—Maya Diem 23:25. 43—Allie Freund 23:37. 47—Clarice Stevens 24:19. 56—Tessa Barrow 25:52. 57—Tanya Greenwood 26:00. 62—Lyndsey Lascheck 27:28. 68—Ashton Lupton 28:52. 72—Dezi Peters 30:49 (73 runners). Team totals: 1—Preston 22. 2—Century 67. 3—Jerome 82. 4—Wood River 84. 5—Pocatello 105. 6—burley 169. 7—Minico 214.




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