Posing for a team picture dur-ing the Sun Valley Classic prep cross country race Friday, Sept. 6 at Sagewillow Farms in Elkhorn are Wood River High School runners, from left, Ma-riah Stout, Haley Montgomery, Janel Passey, Amy Cantrell, Amanda Passey and Hallie MacPherson.
Express photo by Roland Lane
It was an outstanding afternoon for the Wood River High School cross country team Wednesday during the Canyon Ridge High School Challenge 3.1-mile footrace at Rock Creek Park in Twin Falls.
Led by senior Haley Montgomery (20:48), the Wolverine girls placed five runners in the top eight and marched away with the varsity girls’ team championship by a 21-36 margin over the Twin Falls Bruins.
Seniors Janel Passey (21:06) and Mariah Stout (21:08) finished in nearly lock-step for second and third place among 60 varsity finishers. Stout’s time was a career-best and a time improvement of 54 seconds over her next-best time, which occurred in last October’s State 4A footrace in Lewiston.
Sophomore Amanda Passey (22:13) and freshman Amy Cantrell (22:14) placed seventh and eighth for 5 kilometers.
Wood River coaches Kari Haugen, Heather Miller and Monte Brothwell thought the runners performed well and many had personal-best times. They agreed that it wasn’t a fast course, but the weather offered perfect conditions once again.
In the 101-runner boys’ varsity race, Wood River senior Ty Reinemann (17:52) clocked a season-best time by 28 seconds to finish seventh and junior Cameron Bingham (18:40) sliced 33 seconds off his previous-best time to place 15th.
Besides 161 varsity runners, there were 158 middle school runners on the 1.55-mile course. Community School eighth-grader Henry Raff led 96 boys to the finish with an 8:29 time for the 2.5-kilometer race. Wood River Middle School sent 29 runners and the Community School Middle School entered eight.
Next up: The Community School high school team travels to Gooding Golf Course Tuesday, Oct. 15 for the Gooding Invitational, and Wood River buses to Lake Walcott near Rupert Wednesday, Oct. 16 for the Minico Invitational meet.
Top results and local runners from the Canyon Ridge Challenge:
Girls’ varsity: 1—Haley Montgomery (WR) 20:48. 2—Janel Passey (WR) 21:06. 3—Mariah Stout (WR) 21:08. 7—Amanda Passey (WR) 22:13. 8—Amy Cantrell (WR) 22:14. 22—Hallie MacPherson (WR) 24:07.03. 23—Avery Closser (WR) 24:07.44. 24—Loni Unser (WR) 24:11. 30—Shelby Barnes (WR) 25:16. 35—Brooke Sundholm (WR) 25:45.31. 36—Alyson Cavallo (WR) 25:45.55. 43—Alexandra Begley (WR) 27:08. 47—Yisel Reigle (WR) 27:42. 51—Chloe Lichtenberg (WR) 28:38 (60 runners). Team: 1—Wood River 21. 2—Twin Falls 36. 3—Canyon Ridge of Twin Falls 75 (3 schools).
Boys’ varsity: 1—Jeremy Stark (Twin Falls) 16:44.66. 2—Matthew Schenk (Twin Falls 16:44.67. 7—Ty Reinemann (WR) 17:52. 15—Cameron Bingham (WR) 18:40. 17—Nathan Stouffer (WR) 18:44. 27—Connor Hayes (WR) 19:08. 28—Irvin Gonzalez (WR) 19:11. 36—Sam Burns (WR) 19:25. 46—Wyatt Smith (WR) 20:25. 50—Kenny Pratt (WR) 20:29. 66—Joseph Anderson (WR) 21:47. 70—Evan Hesselbacher (WR) 21:54. 73—Colby Castle (WR) 22:08. 80—Beckett Dykhouse (WR) 22:28. 85—Cooper Dean (WR) 23:07. 86—Cormac Heneghan (WR) 23:12 (101 runners). Team: 1—Twin Falls 21. 2—Canyon Ridge 59. 3—Burley 77. 4—Wood River 88. 5—Dietrich 139. 6—Minico of Rupert 161 (6 schools).
Boys’ middle school: 1—Henry Raff (CS) 8:29. 6—Dane Thompson (WR) 8:46. 11—Landon Nurge (WR) 9:01. 17—Jaren Bothwell (CS) 9:27. 23—Christian Bothwell (CS) 9:45. 25—Buey Grossman (CS) 9:47. 26—Carter Gerringa (WR) 9:52. 28—Jorgen Lawrence (WR) 10:06. 40—Isaac Gonzalez (WR) 10:32. 42—Joe Hall (CS) 10:33. 43—Stephen Roth (WR) 10:34. 49—Tyler Beck (WR) 10:51. 56—Colby Nance (WR) 11:12. 62—Cole Peterson (CS) 11:20. 63—James Cantrell (WR) 11:20. 64—Luke Dean (WR) 11:21. 69—Easton Beck (WR) 11:32. 70—Luke Dahlen (WR) 11:34. 72—Brian Heekin (CS) 11:44. 75—Zach Olenick (WR) 11:52. 79—Sam Bingham (WR) 12:09. 81—Collin Leheureux (WR) 12:18. 83—Sam Fauth (WR) 12:20. 87—Elliot Sweek (WR) 12:40. 95—Will Carney (WR) 14:09 (96 runners). Team: 1—O’Leary of Twin Falls 51. 2—Robert Stuart of Twin Falls 55. 3—Community School of Sun Valley 101. 4—Wood River 102. 5—West Minico of Paul 114. 6—Jerome 121. 7—Burley 161 (7 schools).
Girls’ middle school: 1—Kami Withers (O’Leary) 9:18. 2—Kirsys Campbell (WR) 9:23. 15—Sophia Mazzoni (CS) 10:43. 20—Ellie Gorham (WR) 11:25. 21—Malaunie Gerard (WR) 11:28. 25—Emma Flolo (WR) 11:35. 39—Dakota King-Hutton (WR) 12:30. 40—Karsyn Gerringa (WR) 12:30.8. 44—Marina Vercelli (WR) 12:55. 46—Ali Barney (WR) 13:07. 49—Sofia Kinney (WR) 13:35. 54—Sophie Holden (WR) 14:33. 56—Piper Diges (WR) 15:21 (62 runners) Team: 1—O’Leary 19. 2—Robert Stuart 60. 3—Wood River 61 (3 schools).