Madison's Will Dixon passes Rigby's Benjamin Ricks to move into third before he caught Idaho Falls' runner Mitchell Athay to win the Bob Conley Invitational Division A race.

Madison’s Will Dixon passes Rigby’s Benjamin Ricks to move into third before he caught Idaho Falls’ runner Mitchell Athay to win the Bob Conley Invitational Division A race.

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Will Dixon of Madison won the Bob Conley Invitational cross country Division A race at the Portneuf Wellness Center in Pocatello last Thursday. Dixon took control of the race with a mile to go by catching Idaho Falls’ runner, Mitchell Athay, who had led the race.

“Mitchell (Athay) ran about the same type of race as he did at the Tiger-Grizz and I knew I could catch him by not letting him get too large of a lead,” Dixon said after the win. “He is a great runner and we have a couple more races left for the season.”

“Will has worked very hard and is running really well right now,” commented Steve Barrus, Madison’s coach. “This is his third time this year running a sub 16-minute race and is one of the top runners in the state.”

Madison’s boy and girl teams placed fourth in the team standings with Idaho Falls taking both team titles. In the Men’s Division A, Idaho Falls finished with 61 points followed by Preston with 72, Pocatello with 74 and Madison with 75. In the Women’s Division A, Idaho Falls scored 68 followed by Skyline with 70, Preston with 80 and the Bobcats with 118.

Individual medal winners in the men’s race for Madison were Dixon (1st), Ryan Stutz (5th) and Daniel Godfrey in 17th. Medal winners for Madison in the in the women’s race were Rebekah Kinghorn (9th) and Mikelle Dorman (18th) with Bonneville’s Olivia Johnson winning the race in 18:33.6.

Madison’s next scheduled race with be the district championships and state qualifying contest on October 22 in Rexburg.

Sugar-Salem’s boys varsity team came in second and their girls varsity team came in third. Brigham Dalling led the Diggers coming in ninth place, Freshman Mason Smith came in 11th and Mason Lewis came in 14th. Jaressa Jackson came in fifth, Ryley Klingler came in seventh and Kate Dickson came in 18th.

North Fremont’s boys team placed fifth. Asher Johnston came in sixth, Max Palmer came in 15th and sophomore Zack Johnston came in 20th.