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For the week of Oct 30 - Nov 5, 2002


Hailey runners 
blaze a new trail

Girls win first district title in 18 years

Peaking at the right time, the Wood River High School girls’ cross country team surprised everyone by winning the Fourth District 3A cross country meet Wednesday at Gooding.

Many of the Wood River runners weren’t even born when a Hailey team last captured a district crown.

Clocking personal bests and saving some of their best efforts for the state qualifying meet, Wood River won the district girls’ title for the first time since 1984 with a 32-36 victory over defending champion Gooding.

"We are excited to break the 18-year drought and finish first in the district," said Wood River cross country coach James Foster.

The 2-3-4 punch for Wood River featured seniors Eva Bach and Molly Meyers, and sophomore Rachael Richards, a letter winner on Hailey’s district championship volleyball team.

Bach (20:57) was second to Gooding’s individual medalist April Homan (19:20), also a senior. In third was Meyers (21:34) just ahead of fourth-place Richards (21:43).

The eighth-place runner at Gooding Golf Course was Aleah Weisen (22:32) and Lindsay Niedrich finished 14th (23:35).

Those five Wolverines, plus 18th-place Courtney Perry (24:35) and 20th-place Jenni Borda (24:43), qualified for the State 3A meet Saturday, Nov. 2 at Farragut State Park north of Coeur d’Alene.

One other Wolverine runner qualified for state as an individual. He is junior Alex Hamlin (17:52), 10th in the district boys’ race behind 3A winner Trae Jones of Declo (16:47).

Gooding won the district boys’ meet 20-58 over Declo with Wood River third, 82 points.

Foster said of the 24 Wolverines who participated in the 3.1-mile race, "The team has grown this year. We feel the successes of this season are just a preview of the years to come."

The last Wood River girls’ team to win a district championship was the 1984 squad coached by Bob Shay that beat Jerome 23-50 at Jerome Golf Course and then won the state championship 45-57 over Weiser on a cold day at Freeman Park in Idaho Falls.

Maureen McGinnis finished second in both the district and state races. Other state runners were Michelle Jaques, Julie Gardner, Kim Kreitler, Sandy Buhler and Rhonda Christensen. Other district runners were Angie Rayborn, Heidi Richmond, Liz Pendl and Chelsea Marr.


2002 district times and results:

·  3A girls’ varsity: 1—April Homan (Gooding) 19:20. 2—Eva Bach 20:57. 3—Molly Meyers 21:34. 4—Rachael Richards 21:43. 8—Aleah Weisen 22:32. 14—Lindsay Niedrich 23:35. 18—Courtney Perry 24:35. 20—Jenni Borda 24:43. 21—Ashley Baker 25:01. 23—Hayley Stommel 25:27. 29—Dawn Bird 28:05.

· 3A boys’ varsity: 1—Trae Jones (Declo) 16:47. 10—Alex Hamlin 17:52.

14—David Vanderpool 18:14. 17—Dawson Paschall 18:38. 20—Matt DeCarufel 18:46. 25—Chris Leblanc 19:31. 27—Brian Ward 19:35. 28—Lucas Pletcher 19:49. 29—Dale Reese 19:59. 38—Robbie Hamlin 20:45. 39—Cooper Lee 20:47. 41—Kyle Niedrich 20:53. 45—Brad Bradford 22:06. 46—Artie Livingston 22:12. 49—Will Rumblee 23:38.



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