Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Thousands of prep runners try the Bob Firman

Warm day at Eagle Island State Park

Very warm autumn temperatures greeted over 2,000 high school, middle school and collegiate runners Saturday, Sept. 24 during the Bob Firman Invitational at Eagle Island State Park near Boise.

The field of runners included some of the best in the entire country. Reigning national prep team champion Arcadia (Ca.) defeated one of the best men's fields in Bob Firman history to capture the Division 1 boys' team title.

Posting the fastest 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) times for the second straight year were Highland of Pocatello senior Dallin Farnsworth (15:45) and junior Katie Knight (18:07) from North Central, Spokane, Wash.

Wood River High School senior Ben Stout finished 35th of 160 runners in the Boys' Elite category. Farnsworth won that class, with Twin Falls senior Erik Harris fifth (15:59) and Stout (16:48) in 35th place, the 11th Idaho finisher. Wood River junior Chase England (17:16) finished 77th of Elites.

The Wolverines sent 29 runners to the Bob Firman. Also competing were runners from Camas County High School in Fairfield. Next up for Wood River is today's Canyon Ridge meet in Twin Falls. Other local results from the Firman:

Bob Firman Division 1 varsity boys: 90—Alexis Gonzalez (WR) 17:58. 163—Ketchum Wilt (WR) 18:37. Also: Nate Thomas 18:46, Ty Reinemann 19:13, Cameron Bingham 19:58, Jake Adicoff 20:03 and Connor Hayes 20:26.

Girls' Division 1 varsity: 105—Corrine Smith (WR) 22:21. 159—Jade Atkinson (WR) 23:10. 218—Janel Passey (WR) 24:28. 239—Grace Gorham (WR) 25:14.05. 240—Dani McLaughlin (WR) 25:14.08. 241—Kaitlyn Landis (WR) 25:19. 259—Brooke Lawrence (WR) 26:28.

Boys' Division 2 varsity: 79—Davey Knowlton (CC) 19:17. 87—Cody Lane (CC) 19:26. 162—Andrew Simon (CC) 21:02. 200—Isaac Simon (CC) 23:29.

Boys' junior varsity Section 2: 61—Andreas Morales (WR) 20:08. 143—Jimmy Holcomb (WR) 22:03. 228—Nash Hartdegen (WR) 24:09. 247—Chris Mouritzen (WR) 25:01. 248—Ostin Arters (WR) 25:08. 261—Rodrigo Candila (WR) 26:07. 269—Xavier Haemmerle (WR) 27:33.

Girls' junior varsity Section 2: 74—Marcia Smith (WR) 27:33. 109—Mariah Stout (WR) 29:01. 110—Avery Closser (WR) 29:08. 112—Alexandra Begley (WR) 29:10. 138—Karady Beck (WR) 31:16. 143—Lex Shapiro (WR) 31:44.

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