BOISE — More than 140 high school cross country teams from Idaho and neighboring states competed at Saturday’s Bob Firman Invitational.
District IV did not produce a team or individual winner, but several local athletes had successful races.
Twin Falls sophomore Mattalyn Geddes finished seventh in the 5,000 meter elite girls field with a time of 18:00.54, about 23 seconds behind the winner, Mountain View sophomore Lexy Halladay. It was the fourth race of Geddes’ season/career as a Bruin and the first she didn’t win, but it was by far her best time.
Geddes’ previous best run came on September 15 at the Century Challenge. Her time was 19:43.1, more than 1 1/2 minutes slower than Saturday’s time.
Not only did Geddes smash her record, she broke the Bruins’ girls school record, set by Amanda Ward in 2007, according to coach Marty Grindstaff.
Elsewhere for the Twin Falls girls, sophomore Brinlee Garling placed 89th (19:46.41), senior Kami Withers was 99th (19:58.93) and senior Alyse Douglas was 111th (20:12.93) in the 167-runner elite field.
As a team, the Bruin girls finished 19th out of 23 teams in the elite standings. Twin Falls also finished 18th in the 27-team boys field.
Cannon Leavitt led the way for the Bruin boys with a time of 16:25.13, good for 55th place in the 208-runner field. It was the senior’s first race of the season after recovering from an injury.
Twin Falls senior Cache Traveller finished 92nd (16:45.11), and his brother, junior Cooper Traveller, was 99th (16:49.31).
In the 5,000 meter Division II races, Kimberly finished seventh in the 31-team girls field and 13th out of 44 boys teams.
For the Bulldog girls, sophomore Brinley Humphreys finished 23rd (20:27.05), sophomore Meg Walker placed 29th (20:33.71) and sophomore Annie Walker was 54th (21:17) in the 246-runner field.
Filer senior Mary Kate Marshall finished ninth in the race with a time of 19:45.05, and Buhl senior Kendra Benson placed 25th (20:30.9).
Kimberly’s Kirby Heider was 34th (17:19.56), and fellow senior Andy Tolman was 36th (17:22.28) in the 337-runner boys field.
Valley, which finished 19th in the boys Division II race, was led by junior Adam Elorrieta (89th place, 18:04.97), freshman Garrett Christensen (97th, 18:17.23), senior Omar Recendez (104th, 18:23.93) and junior Nikoli Carlquist (107th, 18:26.62).
In the same race, Buhl sophomore Daniel Butler finished 27th (17:05.85), Filer senior Shelby Harding placed 30th (17:16.19) and Oakley senior Nathan Critchfield was 48th (17:30.19).
Burley sophomore Jacob DeTemple placed ninth in the 5,000 meter Division I Sec1 (A-L) boys race with a time of 16:29.23, and Wood River junior Will McGonigal placed 12th (17:09.73) in the Sec2 (M-Z) field.