Space and time constraints did not allow for immediate publication of how local high school runners fared at the national qualifier Foot Locker West Regional Championships on Saturday in Walnut, Calif., so it is the lead for this week’s Medal Stand. Thus concludes my prep cross-country coverage for 2015.
The Medal Stand: Three locals finish in top 50 at Foot Locker West
Runners from eight District 6 schools concluded their cross-country seasons Saturday at the Foot Locker West Regional Championships at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif. Three local runners finished in the top 50 of the national qualifier seeded races.
Shelley High School senior and Weber State signee Austin Stewart finished 26th in the seeded boys race in 16 minutes, 18.6 seconds. Blackfoot junior Michelle Pratt was 36th in the girls seeded race in 19:19 and Shelley senior LeAnn Larkin was 44th in 19:30.7. The top 10 finishers in the seeded races advanced to this weekend’s Foot Locker National Championships in San Diego.
Elsewhere at West Regionals, Sugar-Salem senior Indya Price (29th, 21:12.5) was the top area finisher in the senior girls race and Shelley’s Chase Barrow (15th, 17:17.8) had the top finish in the senior boys race. Jace Hymas was Sugar-Salem’s top male finisher at the meet, placing 20th in the senior boys race in 17:31.5. Sugar-Salem also had the top finishers in all the junior and sophomore races. Shaylee Hill was 16th in 20:34.8 in the junior girls race, Trason Jackson finished 132nd in 20:36.1 in section 1 of the junior boys race, Kaden Sanderson was 98th in 19:35.1 in section 2. Brooklyn Moser was 199th (25:40.8) in the sophomore girls race, Brennan Anderson was 37th (18:00.4) in section 1 of the sophomore boys race and Jared Williams was 107th (19:58.2) in section 2.
Zach Erikson led Idaho Falls at the meet, running 18:01.9 for 20th place in the freshman boys race. Constancio Luis was the top Hillcrest boy finisher, placing 63rd (18:05.4) in the senior boys race and Emma Nelson was the top Hillcrest girl finisher in 107th (23:38.3) of the junior girls race.
James Letham (55th in senior boys race, 18:01.2) and Molly Moyer (175th senior girls race, 26:18.9) led Teton runners at the meet and Bracken Morse (100th in freshman boys race, 20:06.9) was the top male Blackfoot finisher. North Fremont was led by James Anderson (155th in senior boys race, 19:22) and SuePrize Bishop (151st in senior girls race, 25:14.6) and Snake River was led by Joseph Van Orden (163rd in senior boys race, 19:34.9) and Alexis Fuller (86th in freshman girls race, 23:29.6).
Coming up locally
This weekend is Idaho Falls Ski Club Weekend at Grand Targhee Resort. The first Fat Bike Race of the season at the resort takes place at 10 a.m. Sunday.
Jackson Hole Resort’s outdoor rink in the town square opens Tuesday and will be open through Jan. 23. Two ski camps also take place at the resort before Christmas. The Race Training Camp begins Friday and ends with a race on Sunday. The second camp, a 5-day ski training camp, begins Monday and continues through Dec. 18.
Team USA update
The Winter Dew Tour begins today and continues through Sunday in Breckenridge, Colo.
Lindsey Vonn make history at Lake Louise, moving to 70 career World Cup victories with three wins over the weekend in Alberta, Canada. Vonn won back-to-back downhill races on Friday and Saturday and won the super G on Sunday. Vonn’s U.S. teammates Laurenne Ross and Stacey Cook were 12th and 17th on Sunday and 20 year-old Mikaela Shiffrin made her super G debut by finishing 15th. Vonn now leads the FIS women’s overall standings with 300 points, four ahead of Shiffrin. Ted Ligety, who crashed in Sunday’s giant slalom at the World Cup stop at Beaver Creek, Colo., is in third in the men’s overall standings with 180 points.