At Pocatello the Madison boys brought home the 5A State third place trophy while the Bobcat girls took sixth place on Saturday. Will Dixon led the Bobcat boys with a fourth-place finish with Megan Morrin leading the girls with a 24th finish.
Madison boys tied Eagle with 97 points for third so to the break the tie, the sixth-place finisher from each team are compared where they placed. Madison’s Taylor Allen was 47th just one place and 1.14 seconds faster than Eagles Brody Tomlinson to earn the Bobcat third place. There was also a tie for the championship trophy as Timberline and Meridian tied with 84 points with Timberline’s Carl Steinmetz placing 61st, one place better than Meridian’s Luke Simpson.
“I finally reached my goal of running under 16 minutes,” said Dixon after running a 15:43.38. “My other goal was to try to beat Stetson (Moss) and I was running close to him when he injured his leg and had to drop out of the race.”
For Madison, sophomore Ryan Stutz had an outstanding race placing ninth with a 16:13.86 with team mates Chance Sleight (30), Hinckley Manner (38), Daniel Godfrey (41), Allen (47) and Morgan Crawford (56) running hard.
The 5A girls’ race was the first race of the day and started with the temperature at 28 degrees which affected runners in different ways. Returning state champion and odds-on-favorite to win, Lexy Halladay, did not run well placing 15th. Boise Valley runners dominated the race, placing 20 of the 22 top places with the top 21 runners running under 19 minutes for a very fast race.
Morrin (19:17.16) finished one place behind Jessica Moss from Thunder Ridge, the district champion, for the first two from the area. The other Bobcat runners were Mikelle Dorman (31), Janessa Lemon (40), Ruby Barrus (44), Anna Marcum (54), Ainsley Anderson (55) and Rebekah Kinghorn (57).
“I was really proud of how we ran and it is always good to bring home a trophy from the state meet,” Steve Barrus, coach of the Bobcats said. “I did not expect the Boise girl runners to run that fast and thought the conditions might be in our favor, but we are returning all but two of our runners for next season. We will be back.”