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IHSAA Idaho State XC Championships

Eagle Island State Park, Boise ID

November 1, 2008
Results   -  Class 2A - Class 3A - Class 4A - Class 5A
From George Ragan
All races 5k

NW#10 Twin Falls boys, Mt. View girls take 5A titles
Barak Watson (4A), Liz Brandon (5A) day's fastest

Team Champs:

  • 5A - Twin Falls boys 78 over Boise 97; Mountain View girls 92 over Eagle 103
  • 4A - Bishop Kelly boys 78 over Preston 87; Preston girls 52 over Kuna 55
  • 3A - Teton boys 77 over Sugar-Salem 115; Bear Lake girls 36 over Kimberly 105
  • 2A - Firth boys 58 over West Side 59; Soda Springs girls with 51 over Firth 60
Class 5A Highlights
  • Boise placed 3 boys in the top 5, fronted by defending champion Eric Fitzpatrick's sterling 15:47 win, but couldn't top the tight pack of Twin Falls, who started scoring with frosh Erik Harris' 11th place 16:24, but featured a 23-second 1 to 5 split for 78 points that left Boise second with 97 and Highland third at 99.  Lake City star junior Cody Helbling was runner-up to Fitzpatrick at 15:58.
  • Eagle junior Liz Brandon topped a super girls field on her home course, clocking 18:08 for fastest girls time of the day and a victory over defending champ Kinsey Gomez (Coeur D'Alene soph) at 18:32, and '07 FL finalist Nicole Nielsen (Borah sr) at 18:34.  Brandon's 1-point starter wasn't enough to front her Eagle squad to the team trophy, as Mountain View followed Bug Simmons' 19:13, 8th place showing to the top of the podium with 92 points.  Eagle was second at 103 and Highland was third with 113.
Class 4A Highlights
  • Columbia senior Barak Watson, competing in his first full season of cross country, took the boys individual title and recorded the fastest time of the day with his 15:40 clocking over Preston's Colby Wilson (16:02).   The Bishop Kelly boys took the team trophy in a close-scoring affair, notching 78 points to defeat Preston (87) and Hillcrest (89), despite not beginning their scoring until the tightly-packed trio of Travis Milburn (16:49), Gabe Leis (16:55) and Daniel Williams (16:56) crossed in 13th, 14th, and 15th.
  • In an equally tight team contest, Preston girls turned back Kuna, 52 to 55, with Bishop Kelly only another 6 points back at 61. BK's star freshman Emily Nist took the individual laurels at 18:20 over Sandpoint's Megan Bartlett (18:28), but the Preston pair of Hailee Harrison (19:07) and Kaylee Campbell (19:10) in 4th and 5th started a trend of topping Kuna counterparts that Kuna could never make up. 
Class 3A Highlights
  • Weiser jr Ryan Jaggi handily took the boys individual win with a 16:24 clocking, well up on runner-up Mike McHan (Gooding soph) at 16:52.  Teton sophomore Tavner Wilson was third overall (16:55), and led his team to the boys 3A title with their 77 points more than enough to top Sugar-Salem's 115.
  • 3A girls power Bear Lake proved too much again, cramming their scoring 5 into the top 15, led by indiviudal winner Jessica Leonhardt's 18:56, to score 36 and dominate the classification.  Kimberly was runner-up team at 105 points, while Weiser freshman Marquita Palmer came home second to Leonhardt in 19:09
Class 2A Highlights
  • Firth sophomore Caden Portela (16:23) topped West Side sr Drew Povey (16:40) for the boys individual title, and it could be argued this was the difference in the team competition too, as Portela's Firth squad defeated Povey's West Side team by a single point, 58 to 59.  Soda Springs was 3rd with 109.
  • The Soda Springs girls claimed their 3rd state title in a row, scoring 51 points behind defending state champ Bailee Siepert's fifth place, 19:58 finish.  Firth was second with 60 pts and West Jefferson was third at 89 pts.  Culdesac soph Taylor Hewett ran 19:27 to out-distance runner-up Natalie Evans (Marsing jr) at 19:43.