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At Soda Springs on Saturday the Madison boys placed fourth with 153 points while the girls placed eighth with 260 in the Bobcats first major race of the season. Will Dixon led the Madison boys with a sixth place finish in 16:59.39 while Megan Morrin led the girls in 17th at 20:58.61.

The Idaho Falls boys won the men’s race of 26 schools and 185 runners with Star Valley’s (Wyoming), Peter Visser taking the title. In the girl’s divison Mountain View’s Lexi Halladay, one of the top runners in the nation, won in 18:40.61 with Boise winning the team title with a 36 as they placed six runners in the top 10.

“I was really pleased with our runners,” Coach Steve Barrus said of the Bobcat finishers. “They all had good times and competed well.”

Behind Dixon, Ryan Stutz was second on the team with a 17th place finish followed by Geoffrey Johnson (37), Morgan Crawford (41), Ethan Smith (60), Daniel Godfrey (61) and Landen Garner (77). Johnson and Smith are the only two seniors in the top seven finishers for Madison.

In the girls’ varsity division which featured 164 runners and 24 schools, behind Morrin were Anna Marcum (56), Ainsley Anderson (57), Janessa Lemon (73) and Hallie Moldenhauer (78).

Barrus was also pleased with his junior varsity runners as the boys took third with three boys placing in the in the top 10 of 323 runners. Matthew Jeppesen was third, Taylor Allen, fifth and Hinckley Manner was ninth. In the girls’ JV race featuring 214 runners, Madison was lead by Lily Haacke (25), Lisette Perez (50), Emily Dustin (55), Hanna Hansen (60) and Clara Thomas (61).

“Next week we will travel to BYU in Utah where we will take our varsity teams and freshman teams,” said Barrus. “It will be fun to watch our kids compete there.”