Wood River High School cross country boys pose at the Great Basin Conference meet in Twin Falls. Front row, from left, Jorgen Lawrence, Landon Nurge, Ryan Halopoff, Cooper Dean, Kegan Lupton, Nathan Stouffer, Cormac Heneghan, Cameron Bingham, Alexis Gonzalez, Irvin Gonzalez, Jacob Truxal and Carter Gerringa. Back row, from left, Colby Castle, Easton Beck, Brady Delgadillo, Beckett Dykhouse, Xavier Haemmerle, Leo Corrales, Ryan Anderson, Joseph Anderson, Kenny Pratt, Wyatt Smith, Nelson Cantrell, Dane Thompson, Connor Hayes, Sam Burns, Asher Loomis and Victor Saldivia.
Twenty-five Wood River Valley prep cross country runners are headed to the Boise area Saturday, Nov. 1 for the Idaho High School Activities Association’s 2014 State Cross Country meet at Eagle Island State Park.
Wood River High School coach Monte Brothwell will accompany 14 Wolverines who qualified for the State 4A footrace by placing third as boys’ and girls’ teams behind Jerome and Twin Falls at the 4A Great Basin Conference footrace Oct. 22 at Twin Falls Golf Club.
Competing in the 4A boys’ field of 88 runners are Hailey seniors Alexis Gonzalez, Sam Burns and Cameron Bingham, juniors Nelson Cantrell, Wyatt Smith and Ryan Anderson, and sophomore Irvin Gonzalez.
In the field of 90 4A girls are Wolverine freshman Kirsys Campbell—showing the eighth-best time—along with seniors Grace Gorham and Alexandra Begley, juniors Sara Lichtenberg, Amanda Passey and Loni Unser, and sophomore Amy Cantrell.
Pocatello is the three-time defending 4A boys’ team champion, and Sandpoint led the girls last year at Freeman Park in Idaho Falls. Last year’s individual champions were Preston senior Caitlin Elgan and Pocatello’s Elijah Armstrong, who will be shooting for his fourth straight 4A boys’ title Saturday.
The 4A races are the final ones Saturday at Eagle Island, 4A girls at 1:30 p.m. and 4A boys at 2:30 p.m. The awards ceremonies will be held after the finish of the boys’ races in each of the four classifications.
Coach Rick Kapala’s Community School girls are the reigning 4th District 1A team champions. They and the Cutthroat boys will compete in the 2A girls’ and boys’ races starting at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Eagle Island. There will be a $5 vehicle parking fee (state park fee).
The seven Cutthroat girls in the field of 109 state runners are seniors Tara Burchmore, Alyssa Diamond and Sophie DeKlotz, juniors Ava Mazzoni and Annika Landis, sophomore Tess Burchmore, and freshman Lena DeKlotz.
Five Cutthroat boys among the 143 State 2A runners are juniors Max Polito, Gil Viesturs and Max Tanous, sophomore Peter Wolter, and freshman Henry Raff.
Last year’s 2A individual champions were senior Kelsey Yamauchi of Soda Springs and senior W. Leif Fredericks of Coeur d’Alene Charter. The team winners were the Soda Springs girls for an eighth consecutive year, and the Soda Springs boys for a second straight state meet and fourth in six years.
Posing at Twin Falls Golf Course are the Wolverine cross country girls, from left, Kirsys Campbell, Emily Stone, Bene-detta Fontanarosa, Josie Koeplin, Hallie MacPherson, Avery Closser, Loni Unser, Brooke Sundholm, Amanda Passey, Amy Cantrell, Grace Gorham, Sara Lichtenberg, Hanna Leinnonen, Yisel Reigle, Alexandra Begley, Ellie Gorham, Alex Rogers, Alise Barney, Karsyn Gerringa and Emma Flolo.