Wednesday, September 22, 2010

TCS girls grab Magic Mountain race title

Prep XC winners

It isn't often that The Community School girls' cross country team wins a regional meet, but the Cutthroats did just that Thursday at the Kimberly Invitational held at Magic Mountain Ski Area, Twin Falls.

Two Cutthroat seniors who are members of the Sun Valley Junior Nordic ski team came away with individual victories—Max Christman (18:06) in the 70-runner boys' varsity race and Annie Pokorny (20:24) among the 57 varsity girls.

Christman, a first-year Cutthroat student who transferred from Winthrop (Wash.), actually ran the 3.1-mile course in the 17-minute-plus range taking into account a 300-yard detour down and back up a slight slope. Pokorny was running in her first Cutthroat XC race.

Rick Kapala, who coaches the Cutthroats with Chris Mallory, said the five Sun Valley girls had a good day—their top four runners placing 1-3-6-8. In team standings they out-pointed Kimberly 30-44, as Declo had 58 and Filer 92.

Other girls: 3—sophomore Maranda Stopol 21:11. 6—junior Morgan Atkinson 22:31. 8—senior Emily Williams. 21—freshman Sarah Williams 26:03. Also on the team is sophomore Sofia DeWolfe.

The Cutthroats had only two boys at Magic Mountain, race winner Christman and senior Eric Griffith (37th in 23:54). Junior Gray Riedinger and freshman Nate Nasvik were sick and didn't compete. Buhl won the team title 34-48 over Declo. Camas County's Bryan John (18:39) was seventh.

The Cutthroats travel to the Blackfoot Invitational Friday.

Paris heals foot injury

Because of Homecoming Week events, the Wood River High School cross country team didn't compete in Friday's Rigby Invitational as scheduled. But the Wolverines are headed to the Bob Firman Invitational Sept. 25 in Boise.

Races for Wood River begin Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Eagle Island State Park and continue through 2 p.m. The team leaves Friday morning and returns Saturday night from Boise.

One runner who won't compete Saturday is senior James Paris, the #2-ranked 4A boys' runner in polling.

Paris (broken foot) slipped running a hill during his victorious Bob Shay Memorial Sun Valley Invitational run Sept. 9 at Elkhorn's Sagewillow Farms. He is doing bike and water workouts until he can run on the foot, coach Monte Brothwell said. "Hopefully he can return by the district meet. We'll just have to see how he does," said Brothwell.

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