Over 1,400 Idaho high school and middle school cross country runners, mainly from eastern Idaho, raced in Friday’s Tiger-Grizz meet at Freeman Park in Idaho Falls.
Wood River High School of Hailey bolstered the ranks entering 56 runners in the 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) varsity and junior varsity races that were run mostly on grass.
Coach Monte Brothwell said, “We had great times for all those running compared to last year (at the Tiger-Grizz).”
All varsity runners started at the same time, but results were separated into Varsity A (schools with enrollments of at least 640) and Varsity B (639 or fewer students).
The Tiger-Grizz was staged by Bonneville, Skyline and Idaho Falls high schools, plus Sugar-Salem High School of Sugar City.
Wood River freshman Kirsys Campbell (20:57) earned a medal by placing 11th of 118 Varsity A girls. Pocatello junior Rachel McGovern (20:04), the 2012 State 4A cross country individual champion, nipped Ashlyn Dyer of Idaho Falls (20:06) at the finish line.
Top boys were three-time defending State 4A boys’ champ Elijah Armstrong of Pocatello (15:53) winning the Varsity A race by 40 seconds, and last year’s State 3A boys’ king Austin Stewart of Shelley (16:35), now a junior, logging the next best time in winning Varsity B by 31 seconds.
Rocky Mountain of Meridian (81-86 over Idaho Falls) captured the Varsity A girls’ team race among 18 teams. Madison of Rexburg edged Rocky Mountain 55-56 for the boys’ team crown.
Soda Springs and Shelley tied 51-51 for the Varsity B boys’ team title. Shelley defeated Soda Springs 35-45 for the girls’ team win.
Wood River runners travel to the Mountain Home Invitational Thursday, Sept. 18 at Desert Canyon Golf Course starting at 4 p.m.
Tiger-Grizz top runners, team totals and WRHS results:
Varsity A boys: 1—Elijah Armstrong (Pocatello senior) 15:53. 73—Ryan Anderson (WRHS) 19:00. 74—Alexis Gonzalez (WRHS) 19:03. 78—Irvin Gonzalez (WRHS) 19:15. 90—Landon Nurge (WRHS) 19:49. 95—Dane Thompson (WRHS) 19:58. 98—Sam Burns (WRHS) 20:04. 106—Connor Hayes (WRHS) 20:52 (117 runners).
Team: 1—Madison 55. 16—WRHS 410 (18 schools).
Varsity A girls: 1—Rachel McGovern (Pocatello) 20:04. 11—Kirsys Campbell (WRHS) 20:57. 77—Grace Gorham (WRHS) 23:36. 84—Amanda Passey (WRHS) 23:59. 90—Sara Lichtenberg (WRHS) 24:40. 98—Loni Unser (WRHS) 25:37. 103—Alexandra Begley (WRHS) 26:27. 110—Avery Closser (WRHS) 27:28 (118 runners).
Team: 1—Rocky Mountain 81. 16—WRHS 360 (18 schools).
Boys’ junior varsity: 1—Kimball Allowitz (Madison) 18:24.1. 27—Cameron Bingham (WRHS) 19:23. 57—Wyatt Smith (WRHS) 19:57. 126—Nelson Cantrell (WRHS) 21:29. 130—Nathan Stouffer (WRHS) 21:34. 143—Leo Corrales (WRHS) 21:48. 145—Kenny Pratt (WRHS) 21:49. 148—Jacob Truxal (WRHS) 21:50. 155—Carter Gerringa (WRHS) 21:57. 207—Sam McGonigal (WRHS) 22:59. 209—Cooper Dean (WRHS) 23:00. 212—Kegan Lupton (WRHS) 23:02. 214—Easton Beck (WRHS) 23:04. 217—Joseph Anderson (WRHS) 23:12. 247—Colby Castle (WRHS) 23:47. 255—Xavier Haemmerle (WRHS) 23:59. 259—Cormac Heneghan (WRHS) 24:05. 271—Asher Loomis (WRHS) 24:22 and Victor Saldivia (WRHS) 24:22. 278—Liam Jones (WRHS) 24:35. 318—Ryan Halopoff (WRHS) 27:02. 320—Jorgen Lawrence (WRHS) 27:16. 331—Sam Fauth (WRHS) 29:38. 333—Brady Delgadillo (WRHS) 30:35 (344 runners).
Team: 1—Rocky Mountain 59. 12—WRHS 357 (24 schools).
Girls’ junior varsity: 1—Allison Barrie (Hillcrest) 22:08. 82—Amy Cantrell (WRHS) 26:12. 97—Karsyn Gerringa (WRHS) 26:46. 130—Hallie MacPherson (WRHS) 27:27. 161—Ellie Gorham (WRHS) 28:36. 172—Benedetta Fontanarosa (WRHS) 29:00. 173—Ali Barney (WRHS) 29:07. 186—Yisel Reigle (WRHS) 29:36. 218—Emma Flolo (WRHS) 32:05. 234—Hanna Leinonnen (WRHS) 33:32 (251 runners).
Team: 1—Madison 47. 15—WRHS 464 (23 schools).
Wood River Middle School top placings (from Sept. 11 conference meet at Jerome—Boys: 5—Christian Bothell. 11—Liam McGonigal. 12—Aiden Burchmore. 20—Jake Gorham. 23—Jose Gonzalez. Girls: 2—Lauren Roberts. 16—Paige DeShields. 23—Malaunie Gerard. 27—Sofia Kinney. 36—Juliette Rollins.