Friday, November 1, 2013

Paris is top Colgate runner in 8k

XC footrace in Albany


     Former Wood River High School cross country runner James Paris of Hailey has stepped it up for the Colgate University cross country team based in Hamilton, N.Y.

     He and the other Colgate thinclads traveled two hours to Albany, N.Y. Saturday, Oct. 19 for the 47th annual University of Albany Cross Country Invitational. The men took part in the R.K. Munsey Men’s Championship event.

     A junior, Paris led all seven Red Raider runners in the 8-kilometer (4.96 mile) footrace with a time of 26 minutes and 52 seconds, for 31st place. It was the first time this season that Paris broke the 27-minute barrier for that distance. Colgate finished seventh of 10 teams with 189 points.

     Last fall, his first competing in cross country for Colgate, Paris was named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll and to the Raider Academic Honor Roll.

     As a senior at Wood River in November 2010, Paris was an important member of the Wolverine boys’ team that won its first state championship in 38 years. Battling a foot injury all season, Paris finished 15th in the State 4A 3.1-miler at Soda Springs and helped Hailey pull off an upset victory.

     He and teammates Andrew Pfeiffer, Chase England, Alec England, Ben Stout, Ketchum Wilt and Sage Sauerbrey brought home the banner. Alternates on the championship team were two runners who have both qualified for Saturday’s 2013 Idaho state championship footrace—seniors Ty Reinemann of Wood River and Nate Thomas of the Community School.

     The Colgate runners compete in the Patriot League Championships Saturday, Nov. 2 at Lafayette University in Easton, Pa.



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