Friday, October 5, 2012

559 runners tackle Canyon Springs footrace

Fiddler, England pace local thinclads

Community School senior Laurel Fiddler and Wood River High School senior Chase England clocked the best times among 30 local thinclads Wednesday at the Dani Bates Invitational in Twin Falls.

On a sunny and cool afternoon, 559 Idaho runners from 18 schools made the early autumn pilgrimage for the 3.1-mile run at Canyon Springs Golf Course in the Snake River Canyon at Twin Falls.

Fiddler (20:11) further established herself as a contender in the Idaho 2A ranks with a 10th-place finish in the 110-runner girls’ varsity field. But it’s going to be tough to penetrate the armor of reigning State 2A girls’ champion Soda Springs, with its senior Cierra Simmons (19:11) winning on Wednesday.

England (16:39), placing sixth among 135 varsity finishers, waged a good battle with a sophomore from Gooding, Eliseo Garcia (16:38), who is likely to contend in 3A when the state runs are held Oct. 27 in Lewiston. Wednesday’s Bates winner was Idaho Falls senior Andrew Follett (16:26).

There were 22 Wood River High School runners competing Wednesday plus four each from the Community School and Camas County of Fairfield.

Next: The Canyon Ridge Invitational Oct. 10 in Twin Falls.

Top runners/results at the Dani Bates Invitational:

Boys’ varsity: 1—Andrew Follett (Idaho Falls) 16:26. 6—Chase England (WR) 16:39. 25—Ketchum Wilt (WR) 17:32. 45—Alexis Gonzalez (WR) 17:55. 49—Ty Reinemann (WR) 18:05. 56—Nate Nasvik (CS) 18:14. 79—Jimmy Holcomb (WR) 18:50. 94—Patrick Schneider (WR) 19:16 (135 runners).

Top teams, boys’ varsity: 1—Kuna 69. 2—Idaho Falls 80. 3—Highland of Pocatello 85. 7—Wood River 194 (18 teams).

Girls’ varsity: 1—Cierra Simmons (Soda Springs) 19:11. 10—Laurel Fiddler (CS) 20:11. 55—Mariah Stout (WR) 22:31. 62—Grace Gorham (WR) 22:47. 66—Amanda Passey (WR) 22:53. 74—Brooke Lawrence (WR) 23:59. 79—Annika Landis (CS) 24:13. 84—Avery Closser (WR) 24:29. 88—Madi Hendrix (WR) 24:54. 104—Tara Burchmore (CS) 27:14 (110 runners).

Top teams, girls’ varsity: 1—Soda Springs 49. 2—Highland 56. 3—Idaho Falls 83. 11—Wood River 306 (15 teams).

Boys’ junior varsity: 13—Nate Thomas (CS) 19:12. 15—Cameron Bingham (WR) 19:16. 59—Connor Hayes (WR) 20:34. 123—Nash Hartdegen (WR) 22:16. 125—Xavier Haemmerle (WR) 22:22. 144—Isaac Simon (Camas) 23:05. 179—Colby Castle (WR) 24:54. 193—Tanner Wolfe (Camas) 27:58 (202 runners).

Top teams, boys’ JV: 1—Idaho Falls 15. 2—Highland 104. 3—Jerome 138. 16—Wood River 370 (19 teams).

Girls’ junior varsity: 16—Hallie MacPherson (WR) 24:10. 18—Sophia Deklotz (WR) 24:34. 46—Jackie Carver (Camas) 26:04. 54—Brooke Sundholm (WR) 26:22. 59—Shelby Barnes (WR) 26:53. 82—Racheal Lane (Camas) 28:17. 90—Lex Shapiro (WR) 28:54 (112 runners).

Top teams, girls’ JV: 1—Highland 64. 2—Century 101. 3—Twin Falls 121. 8—Wood River 195 (11 teams).

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