Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Three locals finish Boise Foothills 50k Frenzy

     Hailey-based distance runners Dave Keir, Gadrie Edmunds and Kim Morgan were among 125 finishers in the Boise Foothills Frenzy 50-kilometer (31 mile) ultra-marathon trail run Saturday, Oct. 4 starting and finishing at Fort Boise Community Center.

     Recreation Director Keir, 45, of the Blaine County Recreation District placed 28th overall, the 22nd man, in 5.57:23. The winner was Andrew Catalano, 27, of Colorado Springs, Co. in 4.16:57. Still holding the course record (not running this year) is Hailey’s Brad Mitchell, 4.13:56 in 2011.

     Placing 43rd overall, the 11th woman out of 52 finishers, was 50-year-old Kim Morgan, a College of Southern Idaho teacher who won her Women’s 50-59 age group with a time of 6.16:47. The women’s winner in third place overall was Brittany Goicoechea, 28, of Boise in 4.52:12.

     Gadrie Edmunds, 38, Dave Keir’s wife and training partner, finished 81st overall, the 30th woman, in 7.19:47.

     The course featured 5,840 feet of elevation gain and contained multiple uphill and downhill sections. Runners wore headlamps for the 6 a.m. start of the race and competed in the dark for about 90 minutes.

     Morgan said about dark early conditions for her first 50k, “The result was a beautiful parade of lights as the runners spread out along the hillside trails heading to the forested foothills ridge. Runners were high above Boise as the sun rose—what a way to begin your day!”


California medal for WRHS rider

     Wood River High School junior Macy Mitchell has helped her team to a silver medal in the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association West Regional Children’s Championships staged Sept. 23-28 at Rancho Murieta, Ca.

     After a year of acquiring points in her zone to qualify, Macy and her 16-year-old Holsteiner gelding “Kantos” headed to Sacramento last week where she and teammates from Washington and Oregon competed at the Sacramento International Horse Show hosted by West Palms Events.

     Macy and Kantos led their team to a silver medal in a tie-breaking jump-off round after two days of competition. She also brought along her 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse “Ringmaster” to compete in her first-ever speed derby—the Grand Prix Hunter Derby. The pair placed ninth after a beautifully ridden round. They were 3'6” Junior Hunter Champions.


BlaineCounty Title “Codgers” plays in nationals

     Sponsored by Blaine County Title, the 14-member “Codgers” squad comprised of mainly Boise-area players competed Sept. 29-Oct. 2 in the Triple A Men’s 65-and-over division of the Senior Softball National Championships at Las Vegas, Nev.

     Ketchum’s Bob Sarchett, 70, was catcher and designated hitter for the “Codgers,” who won six of their 10 games and placed fifth overall. Sarchett batted .676 with 14 RBI for a team that hit .684 overall in their fourth tournament of the 2014 slow-pitch softball campaign. They also played tourneys in Reno, Nev., at Missoula, Mt. and in Bend, Ore.

     Boise batters leading the “Codgers” in hitting at Vegas were Mike Ford .784, Scott Shumway .763 and pitcher Wayne Clark .763 with 22 RBI. A highlight was Clark’s grand slam homer in the bottom of the seventh lifting “Codgers” past Hawaii 20-19 in a windstorm of the Oct. 1 quarterfinals. Sacramento then eliminated the “Codgers” 18-16.


Sanderson teams with Hamblin for golf win

     Valley Club Director of Instruction and PGA Teaching Professional Tommy Sanderson, 67, has been playing some solid golf this summer.

     His recent achievement happened Tuesday, Oct. 7 at Idaho Falls Country Club where Sanderson shared the Senior Division victory and $1,250 first prize with partner Mike Hamblin, PGA Head Professional at Blue Lakes Country Club in Twin Falls.

     They shot 65-70 for 9-under-par 135 and a one-stroke victory in the 2014 Rocky Mountain Section PGA Fall Pro-Pro team tournament staged Oct. 6-7 for 70 contestants on the par 72, 6,720-yard Idaho Falls course.

     The first 18-hole round was played as a better ball of partners, and Round No. 2 as a modified alternate shot format. Second place in the Senior Class went to host PGA Director of Golf Jon Potter from Idaho Falls Country Club and partner Bob Campbell of Shadow Valley GC in Boise.

     Other local pros competing at Idaho Falls were Dominick Conti of Sun Valley Golf Course, along with Stoney Brown, Lucas Brick and Nick Brown of The Valley Club.

     The overall winners at 64-69 for 11-under-par 133 and $1,900 were Adam Martens, PGA Director of Golf at The Club at SpurWing in Meridian, and partner Lance Rieber, PGA head pro at The Club at SpurWing.

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