Winning a girls’ 5-kilometer footrace for the third time in four events this fall, Wood River High School senior Haley Montgomery clocked a season-best time of 21 minutes and 54 seconds in capturing the Cross-roads Point Challenge prep cross-country race Friday.
Montgomery finished the 3.1-mile test 15 seconds ahead of Jerome senior Kayla Green and 40 seconds faster than Twin Falls senior Alyssa Brann in the 44-runner girls’ varsity class on the Jerome course.
Two other Wood River sen-iors, Janel Passey and Mariah Stout, clocked 23:01 and 23:16 in placing fourth and eighth re-spectively. The speedy trio sparked the Wolverines (42 points) to first place in the team standings among six schools.
Bouncing back from injury, Wolverine junior Alexis Gon-zalez (18:44) placed eighth of 68 boys’ varsity runners.
There were 145 varsity and JV boys in the new event hosted by Jerome High School, plus 122 varsity/JV girls and another 88 in a 3k middle school race.
Wood River High had 33 fin-ishers and the Community School of Sun Valley sent seven across the finish line. Commu-nity School junior Tara Burchmore (24:17) placed 14th among varsity girls.
Prep runners move on to the Mountain Home Invitational meet Friday, Sept. 27 at 4 p.m. at Desert Canyon Golf Club. Top results and local runners from the Crossroads Point Challenge:
Girls’ varsity: 1—Haley Montgomery (WR) 21:54. 4—Janel Passey (WR) 23:01. 8—Mariah Stout (WR) 23:16. 14—Tara Burchmore (CS) 24:17. 15—Amanda Passey (WR) 24:22. 16—Amy Cantrell (WR) 24:24. 29—Loni Unser (WR) 25:26. 35—Hallie MacPherson (WR) 26:22 (44 runners). Team: 1—Wood River 42. 2—Twin Falls 63. 3—Jerome 70. 4—Bonneville of Idaho Falls 82. 5—Kuna 91. 6—Buhl 159.
Boys’ varsity: 1—Caleb Day (Kuna) 17:36. 8—Alexis Gonzalez (WR) 18:44. 16—Nate Thomas (CS) 19:31. 18—Cameron Bingham (WR) 19:50. 20—Nathan Stouffer (WR) 19:52. 25—Nelson Cantrell (WR) 20:04. 40—Connor Hayes (WR) 20:51. 52—River Vorse (WR) 21:45 (68 runners). Team: 1—Jerome 36. 2—Kuna 55. 3—Twin Falls 90. 4—Wood River 106. 5—Bonneville 137. 6—Challis 138. 7—Mountain Home 139. 8—Buhl 205. 9—Dietrich 215. 10—Minico 270.
Boys’ junior varsity: 1—James Powell (Jerome) 20:01. 12—Sam Burns (WR) 21:22. 13—Irvin Gonzalez (WR) 21:31. 37—Kenny Pratt (WR) 23:24. 40—Jacob Halopoff (WR) 23:28. 42—Asher Loomis (WR) 23:39. 47—Joseph Anderson (WR) 23:52. 50—Evan Hesselbacher (WR) 24:21. 54—Xavier Haemmerle (WR) 24:45. 58—Colby Castle (WR) 25:08. 62—Beckett Dykhouse (WR) 25:31. 64—Cormac Heneghan (WR) 25:38. 76—Ryan Halopoff (WR) 35:07 (77 runners). Team: 1—Twin Falls 31. 2—Spring Creek (Nev.) 50. 5—Wood River 119.
Girls’ junior varsity: 1—Jessica Brown (Jerome) 23:46. 12—Reyna Kelly (WR) 25:55. 13—Avery Closser (WR) 26:17. 15—Shelby Barnes (WR) 26:21. 32 (tie)—Brooke Sund-holm (WR) 28:20 and Alyson Cavallo (WR) 28:20. 39—Sophia DeKlotz (CS) 28:49. 51—Alyssa Diamond (CS) 30:15. 60—Alexandra Begley (WR) 31:20. 63—Sienna Polk (CS) 31:35. 65—Yisel Reigle (WR) 31:50. 68—Chloe Lichtenberg (WR) 32:34. 74—Tess Burchmore (CS) 34:25. 78—Hannah Cobb (CS) 37:05 (78 runners). Team: 1—Twin Falls 46. 2—Jerome 56. 5—Wood River 99. 7—Community School 205.