Idaho Falls’ cross country team showed their strength as they won both the boys and girls races in Rexburg on Thursday afternoon. The Tiger boys slipped by Madison, 31-35, followed by the girls winning with 32 points followed by Madison’s 46, Star Valley (Wyoming) with 69 and Sugar Salem with 71. Individual winners were Idaho Falls’ Elanor Eddington winning the girls race in 19:25.9 and Star Valley’s Peter Visser (15:32.6) edging out Madison’s Will Dixon for the win.
“Idaho Falls have two very good teams and they showed their strength today,” Steve Barrus, coach of Madison, said. “Their girls are really strong and they ran very well and we just missed getting their boys.”
Barrus had been looking forward to this race since last summer as it featured the best teams around with Star Valley, Sugar Salem and Idaho Falls state champions of their classifications last fall. The Tigers and Bobcats really battled as Idaho Falls had five boys and four girls finish in the top 10 with Madison had four boys and four girls in the top 10.
Following Eddington in the girls race were Allison Lewis (IF), Jacie Angell (SV), Jennalee Lewis (IF), Mikelle Dorman (M), Jaresa Jackson (SS), Rebekah Kinghorn (M), Hannah Kohler (IF), Ruby Barrus (M), and Ester Moldenhauer (M). The top 10 finishers for the boys were Visser (SV), Dixon (M), Mitchell Athay (IF), Luke Athay (IF), Ryan Stutz (M), Daniel Godfrey (M), Zac Bright (IF), Joseph Ereaux (IF), Porter Elison (IF), and Hinckley Manner (M). Sugar Salem’s leading male runner was Mason Lewis in 17th place.
With Madison schools out for two weeks for potato harvest, their cross country teams will travel to Salmon next Wednesday for an afternoon meet.