The 5A Mountain View Mavericks brought strength in numbers to Desert Canyon Golf Course in Mountain Home Thursday and swept the varsity and junior varsity team championships of the Mountain Home Invitational cross country meet.
Coach Tracy Harris’ Mavericks from Meridian entered Thursday’s meet five days after pulling off a major upset—beating the top-ranked boys’ team in the U.S., North Central, at the Tracy Walter Invitational on the North Central home course at Spokane, Wash.
The Mavericks entered an overwhelming 109 runners out of the 447 varsity and junior varsity runners Thursday at Mountain Home, although only 14 of the Mavericks were varsity competitors.
Yet Mountain View showed up with a very good varsity runner in senior Samuel Berg (16:53), who finished second of 89 runners just 11 seconds behind Middleton senior Austin Fred (16:42) at the 5,000-meter (3.1-mile) distance.
Fred boasts the second-best 4A time at 15:56 behind three-time 4A state champ Elijah Armstrong of Pocatello (15:53). And Armstrong’s time is the fifth-best on the list of all Gem State runners topped by Meridian’s two-time State 5A king Dwain Stucker (15:38).
Hailey’s Wood River High School had 48 runners and the Community School of Sun Valley entered five Thursday.
Cutthroat freshman Henry Raff (18:17) posted the top time of all Wood River Valley boys, placing 13th-best of all Idaho 1A runners.
Wood River runners will see more of Mountain View when they travel to the prestigious Bob Firman Invitational Saturday, Sept. 27 at Eagle Island State Park, Eagle.
Mountain Home top runners, team totals and local results from last Thursday’s meet follow:
Varsity boys: 1—Austin Fred (Middleton) 16:42. 18—Henry Raff (CommSchool) 18:17. 20—Alexis Gonzalez (WRHS) 18:38. 27—Ryan Anderson (WRHS) 18:49. 32—Cameron Bingham (WRHS) 19:00. 47—Landon Nurge (WRHS) 19:29. 50—Dane Thompson (WRHS) 19:32. 53—Irvin Gonzalez (WRHS) 19:41. 55—Wyatt Smith (WRHS) 19:43 (89 runners).
Team: 1—Mountain View of Meridian 29. 6—WRHS 171 (12 schools).
Varsity girls: 1—Erin Hagen (Mt. View) 20:31. 33—Grace Gorham (WRHS) 23:57. 36—Sara Lichtenberg (WRHS) 24:27. 38—Tara Burchmore (CommSchool) 24:42. 39—Alyssa Diamond (CommSchool) 24:46. 40—Amanda Passey (WRHS) 24:48. 43—Amy Cantrell (WRHS) 24:58. 57—Annika Landis (CommSchool) 25:57. 62—Sienna Polk (CommSchool) 26:21. 65—Alexandra Begley (WRHS) 26:45. 68—Loni Unser (WRHS) 27:14 (73 runners).
Team: 1—Mountain View 22. 9—WRHS 203 (10 schools).
Boys’ junior varsity: 1—Jacob Skelton (Mt. View) 17:46. 12—Sam Burns (WRHS) 19:47. 17—Nelson Cantrell (WRHS) 20:06. 32—Nathan Stouffer (WRHS) 21:08. 42—Kenny Pratt (WRHS) 21:37. 47—Connor Hayes (WRHS) 21:50. 71—Colby Castle (WRHS) 22:31. 73—Easton Beck (WRHS) 22:33. 77—Jacob Truxal (WRHS) 22:40. 81—Beckett Dykhouse (WRHS) 22:43.2. 83—Cooper Dean (WRHS) 22:43.9. 90—Joseph Anderson (WRHS) 22:57. 110—Sam McGonigal (WRHS) 24:12. 112—Cormac Heneghan (WRHS) 24:17. 122—Asher Loomis (WRHS) 24:56. 126—Kegan Lupton (WRHS) 25:11. 132—Liam Jones (WRHS) 25:35. 139—Jorgen Lawrence (WRHS) 26:14. 143—Leo Corrales (WRHS) 26:30. 147—Xavier Haemmerle (WRHS) 27:02. 155—Ryan Halopoff (WRHS) 27:45. 1588—Zack Olenick (WRHS) 29:32. 161—Sam Fauth (WRHS) 33:17.3. 162—Brady Delgadillo (WRHS) 33:17.8 (163 runners).
Team: 1—Mountain View 15. 5—WRHS 100 (8 schools).
Girls’ junior varsity: 1—Sofia Loucao (Mt. View) 23:18. 21—Alyson Rogers (WRHS) 26:19. 49—Hallie MacPherson (WRHS) 28:02. 56—Avery Closser (WRHS) 28:36. 57—Margot Griffith (WRHS) 28:37. 67—Brooke Sundholm (WRHS) 29:08. 70—Karsyn Gerringa (WRHS) 29:14. 82—Ellie Gorham (WRHS) 30:39. 85—Yisel Reigle (WRHS) 31:07. 86—Benedetta Fontanarosa (WRHS) 31:08. 104—Emma Flolo (WRHS) 33:26. 119—Hanna Leinonnen (WRHS) 37:55. 121—Josie Koeplin (WRHS) 38:16 (122 runners).
Team: 1—Mountain View 19. 6—WRHS 152 (7 schools).