Showing their team spirit last Wednesday at the Minico Invi-tational meet are Wood River cross country girls, from left, Amy Cantrell, Hallie MacPherson, Mariah Stout, Janel Passey, Amanda Passey, Alex Begley, Brooke Sundholm, Haley Montgomery, Loni Unser, Ali Cavallo and Chloe Lichtenberg.
In a winning tune-up for this week’s Great Basin Conference state-qualifying meet, the Wood River High School girls’ cross country team captured the team title of Wednesday’s Minico Invitational footrace at Lake Walcott by a close 32-46 margin over the Twin Falls Bruins.
A solid 3-4-5 finish by seniors Haley Montgomery (20:47), Janel Passey (20:50) and Mariah Stout (21:01) gave Wood River 12 points, then Amy Cantrell’s seventh place (21:40) and Amanda Passey’s 13th place (22:24) added 20 points giving the Wolverines a 32-point total.
In third place on a cool fall day for running near Rupert in southern Idaho was reigning GBC district girls’ team champion Jerome with 58 points.
The Wolverines, with 11 girls running in the field of 71 from the six GBC schools, showed they are ready for the final divisional footrace Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 4 p.m. at Burley Golf Course. That race will qualify the top three teams for the State 4A 3.1-miler at Freeman Park in Idaho Falls Saturday, Nov. 2.
Last year at Sun Valley Resort’s White Clouds Golf Course trail, the Jerome Tiger girls won the district title with 22 points over Twin Falls (40) and third-place Wood River (66). Wednesday’s Minico Invitational winner, Jerome senior Kayla Green (20:23), was second in last year’s district meet.
“Many of our runners had personal-best times,” said Wood River coach Monte Brothwell, speaking on behalf of Hailey co-coaches Heather Miller and Kari Haugen.
Judging by Wednesday’s results at Minico, the Wood River boys are in the tight battle for the third and final team spot from the Great Basin going to the state run in Idaho Falls.
Twin Falls won Wednesday’s boys’ team race with 24 points ahead of Jerome (56). Bunched up in a battle for the next spot were Canyon Ridge (88), fourth-place Wood River (100) and fifth-place Burley (104). Minico trailed with 190 points.
Burley (34) won last year’s district race on the White Clouds trail over Twin Falls (56), with Wood River (62) third and Jerome (68) a close fourth.
On Wednesday, junior Alexis Gonzalez (18:00) placed ninth of the 112 boys at Lake Walcott and Wolverine senior Ty Reinemann (18:07) was next fastest in 12th place.
In another prep cross country meet involving local runners, last Tuesday’s Gooding Invitational, Community School thinclads Nate Nasvik and Nate Thomas cracked the top 10 of the boys’ 3.1-mile race. The 4th District 2A footrace qualifying runners for state is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 23 back at Gooding Golf Course.
Top results and Wood River placings from the Minico Invitational at Lake Walcott:
Girls’ varsity: 1—Kayla Green (Jerome) 20:23. 2—Alyssa Brann (Twin Falls) 20:36. 3—Haley Montgomery (WR) 20:47. 4—Janel Passey (WR) 20:50. 5—Mariah Stout (WR) 21:01. 7—Amy Cantrell (WR) 21:40. 13—Amanda Passey (WR) 22:24. 27—Hallie MacPherson (WR) 23:32. 28—Loni Unser (WR) 23:37. 35—Alyson Cavallo (WR) 24:36. 36—Brooke Sundholm (WR) 24:56. 51—Alexandra Begley (WR) 26:57. 66—Chloe Lichtenberg (WR) 29:13 (71 runners).
Girls’ team: 1—Wood River 32. 2—Twin Falls 46. 3—Jerome 58. 4—Canyon Ridge of Twin Falls 97. 5—Burley 131. 6—Minico of Rupert 164 (6 schools).
Boys’ varsity: 1—Jeremy Stark (Twin Falls) 16:39. 2—Matthew Schenk (Twin Falls 16:51. 9—Alexis Gonzalez (WR) 18:00. 12—Ty Reinemann (WR) 18:07. 18—Cameron Bingham (WR) 18:41. 28—Connor Hayes (WR) 19:19. 29—Nelson Cantrell (WR) 19:21. 34—Irvin Gonzalez (WR) 19:27. 37—Sam Burns (WR) 19:47. 60—Wyatt Smith (WR) 20:30. 66—Kenny Pratt (WR) 20:44. 78—Alexis Quinonez (WR) 21:49. 83—Jacob Halopoff (WR) 22:08. 84—Cormac Heneghan (WR) 22:09. 85—Beckett Dykhouse 22:18. 87—Evan Hesselbacher (WR) 22:24. 109—Ryan Halopoff (WR) 27:32. 112—Colby Castle (WR) 30:02 (112 runners).
Boy’s team: 1—Twin Falls 24. 3—Jerome 56. 3—Canyon Ridge 88. 4—Wood River 100. 5—Burley 104. 6—Minico of Rupert 190 (6 schools).