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STATE 5A, 4A CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS: Peters third, Wood fifth for Post Falls girls

| October 30, 2021 1:22 AM

EAGLE — It was a bit of an unknown as the Post Falls girls started the state 5A cross country race on Friday morning at Eagle Island State Park.

Sure, the Trojans were as healthy as they’d been in three weeks, with senior Sammie Wood returning after being out due to mono.

Then, as the race started, junior Annastasia Peters found herself neck-and-neck with Boise’s Allie Bruce and Samantha Smith through the first 2 miles.

“I came out hard, which I’ve tried to do in the last couple of weeks,” Peters said. “I ended up in front of everyone and having those girls pushed me. It was a lot different than anything I’ve done before.”

Peters was the top local finisher, taking third in 18 minutes and .3 seconds and Wood finishing fifth in 18:11.6 for the Trojans, who finished seventh as a team after placing runner-up in 2020 at the Portneuf Wellness Complex in Pocatello.

“Our celebration was really what Annastasia and Sammie did,” Post Falls coach Brian Trefry said. “Anna ran a fantastic race. She really laid it out there on the course and I was proud of how she raced aggressively.”

For the second straight year, the meet was broken into a two-day event, with the 5A and 4A classification racing on Friday. Today, the 3A, 2A and 1A races will be held.

Wood missed last Thursday's regional meet at Farragut State Park, as well as the Inland Empire Challenge in Lewiston on Oct. 9.

“Sammie was amazing,” Trefry said. “We really didn’t know what was going to happen with her. She does a fantastic job of taking care of herself, but it was truly a big question mark with just how well she could run. The rest of our kids ran with a lot of heart and gave us all they had. To have a third and fifth place, it’s a pretty good day.”

Peters led the girls race until early into the second mile, when the course had its first hill.

“We kind of went back and forth as far as leading,” Peters said. “They were really good at hills and the first time I passed, they got ahead, but I was able to catch them and able to power through. The last 800 meters is when I started to lose them.”

For Wood, who finished sixth at state in 2020, just begin able to compete was a win.

“I really had no expectations,” Wood said. “I was just so grateful to be able to race because I didn’t know if I even could a week ago. I really did better than I thought I would considering I took 2 ½ weeks off running, so I was really pleased.”

Bruce, a sophomore, won the girls race, beating defending champion and fellow sophomore Smith as Boise’s girls won a fourth straight state 5A title, finishing with 27 points.

Rocky Mountain won the boys title with 40 points. Coeur d’Alene finished eighth in the boys race with 197 points. It is the first title for the Grizzlies since winning three straight from 2016 to 2018.

4A: Blackfoot senior Eli Gregory won the boys race in 15:43, leading the Broncos to their first state team title since winning the Class A title in 1975.

Skyline sophomore Nelah Roberts won her second straight title, finishing in 17:53.3.

Preston won its first girls team title since 2008 with 59 points.

5A

BOYS

TEAM SCORES — 1, Rocky Mountain 40. 2, Idaho Falls 56. 3, Boise 81. 4, Rigby 149. 5, Thunder Ridge 175. 6, Eagle 182. 7, Mountain View 196. 8, Coeur d’Alene 197. 9, Centennial 203. 10, Timberline 238. 11, Lewiston 273.

STATE MEDALISTS (Top 20) — 1, Luke Athay, Idaho Falls, 15:19.8. 2, Trent Wigod, Rocky Mountain, 15:37. 3, Landon Heemeyer, Rocky Mountain, 15:56.3. 4, Clay Shumaker, Skyview, 16:02.1. 5, Kaden Helder, Boise, 16:05.1. 6, Nico Sanchez, Idaho Falls, 16:05.8. 7, Andrew Ringert, Eagle, 16:06.4. 8, Cooper Andrews, Thunder Ridge, 16:07.6. 9, Benjamin Ricks, Rigby, 16:10.2. 10, Jaiden Little, Idaho Falls, 16:10.5. 11, Keith Uitdewilligen, Rocky Mountain, 16:10.9. 12, Zac Pollock, Rocky Mountain, 16:11.2. 13, Noe Kemper, Boise, 16:12.7. 14, Seth Bingham, Thunder Ridge, 16:13:6. 15, Tyler Sainsbury, Rocky Mountain, 16:18.6. 16, Ryan Stutz, Madison, 16:20.1. 17, Nate Stadtlander, Meridian, 16:24.2. 18, Cayden Tupper, Rocky Mountain, 16:25.2. 19, Kobe Wessels, Lewiston, 16:26.5. 20, Jacob Van Orden, Highland, 16:27.8.

LOCALS — 24, Jacob King, Coeur d’Alene, 16:36.7. 31, Max Cervi-Skinner, Coeur d’Alene, 16:47.1. 40, Zach Cervi-Skinner, Coeur d’Alene, 16:57.4. 55, Gavin Calkins, Post Falls, 17:11.1. 60, Lachlan May, Coeur d’Alene, 17:16.5. 69, Maximillan Bazler, Lake City, 17:38. 72, William Callahan, Coeur d’Alene, 17:48.4. 82, Kyle Rohlinger, Coeur d’Alene, 18:43.2.

GIRLS

TEAM SCORES — 1, Boise 27. 2, Rocky Mountain 113. 3, Mountain View 115. 4, Eagle 115. 5, Highland 145. 6, Thunder Ridge 159. 7, Post Falls 180. 8, Idaho Falls 181. 9, Timberline 196. 10, Meridian 215. 11, Coeur d’Alene 265.

MEDALISTS (Top 20) — 1, Allie Bruce, Boise, 17:47.9. 2, Samantha Smith, Boise, 17:52.3. 3, Annastasia Peters, Post Falls, 18:00.3. 4, Malia Lowe, Kuna, 18:06.3. 5, Sammie Wood, Post Falls, 18:11.6. 6, Rilyn Stevens, Mountain View, 18:18.3. 7, Logan Smith, Boise, 18:26.8. 8, Courtney Earl, Thunder Ridge, 18:27.6. 9, Annika Zuschlag, Boise, 18:39.5. 10, Brooklyn Lowry, Mountain View, 18:47.7. 11, Lydia Nance, Boise, 18:48. 12, Jamie Hamlin, Boise, 18:48.9. 13, Brighton Heywood, Rocky Mountain, 19:05.9. 14, Allie Hipwell, Eagle, 19:07.6. 15, Elanor Eddington, Idaho Falls, 19:08.8. 16, Tiffany Thomas, Capital, 19:10.2. 17, Afton Fillmore, Eagle, 19:10.2. 18, Kaleena Narus, Timberline, 19:13. 19, Audrey Chitwood, Mountain View, 19:13.4. 20, Hannah Bailey, Highland, 19:14.2.

LOCALS — 21, Clara Stephens, Lake City, 19:15.3. 40, Hazel Kunkel, Lake City, 20:02.6. 49, Anne Marie Dance, Coeur d’Alene, 20:13.5. 50, Zara Munyer, Coeur d’Alene, 20:15.9. 53, Alahna Lien, 20:20.6. 59, Kaylynn Misner, Post Falls, 20:30.3. 61, Elliana Rietze, Coeur d’Alene, 20:37.6. 71, Gracie Averill, Coeur d’Alene, 21:14.6. 73, Kim Priebe, Coeur d’Alene, 21:20.8. 75, Lana Fletcher, Coeur d’Alene, 21:41. 81, Kira Wood, Coeur d’Alene, 22:11.2. 84, Emily Lindsey, Post Falls, 23:28.8. 85, Kinlee McLean, Post Falls, 24:25.7. 86, Keely Harmon, Post Falls, 25:31.4.

4A

BOYS

TEAM SCORES — 1, Blackfoot 44. 2, Preston 57. 3, Twin Falls 111. 4, Pocatello 127. 5, Bishop Kelly 132. 6, Skyline 146. 7, Sandpoint 190. 8, Moscow 200. 9, Burley 234. 10, Vallivue 265. 11, Canyon Ridge 301. 12, Ridgevue 327. 13, Emmett 349. 14, Jerome 371. 15, Shelley 414.

STATE MEDALISTS (Top 20) — 1, Eli Gregory, Blackfoot, 15:43. 2, Stockton Stevens, Twin Falls, 15:46.2. 3, Matt Thomas, Blackfoot, 15:46.4. 4, Edison Leffler, Preston, 15:58.2. 5, Sunny Gunn, Pocatello, 16;04.2. 6, Garrett Hale, Preston, 16:04.2. 7, Aaron Bradshaw, Burley, 16:06.1. 8, Justin Whitehead, Blackfoot, 16:14.6. 9, Austin Clough, Bishop Kelly, 16:17. 10, Daniel Russell, Bishop Kelly, 16:23.1. 11, JT Morgan, Blackfoot, 16;24.2. 12, Samuel Fish, Vallivue, 16:29.8. 13, Ridge Wilding, Skyline, 16:32. 14, Reynger Davidsavor, Preston, 16:34. 15, Anthony Botch, Twin Falls, 16:39.4. 16, Luke Visser, Preston, 16:45.5. 17, Derek Schultz, Mountain Home, 16:46.1. 18, Gage Cordner, Preston, 16:46.4. 19, Tyler Stoker, Bishop Kelly, 16:46.5. 20, Brody Kemble, Middleton, 16:51.2.

LOCALS — 63, Owen Elizondo-Bachiero, Lakeland, 17:52.2.

GIRLS

TEAM SCORES — 1, Preston 59. 2, Pocatello 89. 3, Skyline 119. 4, Twin Falls 152. 5, Sandpoint 173. 6, Middleton 177. 7, Blackfoot 204. 8, Bonneville 210. 9, Mountain Home 240. 10, Bishop Kelly 257. 11, Jerome 267. 12, Burley 269. 13, Moscow 314. 14, Vallivue 326. 15, Ridgevue 338.

STATE MEDALISTS (Top 20) — 1, Nelah Roberts, Skyline, 17:53.3. 2, Bailey Bird, Pocatello, 18:21.2. 3, Angelie Scott, Preston, 19:19.2. 4, Kayelee Austin, Middleton, 19:23.9. 5, Addie McCallister, Middleton, 19:25.5. 6, Maddy Larsen, Blackfoot, 19:26.4. 7, McKinley Scott, Preston, 19:29.2. 8, Hailey Renzello, Pocatello, 19:31.8. 9, Olivia Kendall, Burley, 19:35.2. 10, Alivia Johnson, Bonneville, 19:35.6. 11, Kennedy Kunz, Bonneville, 19:40.6. 12, Taylor Bunderson, Pocatello, 19:48.4. 13, Julia Gilbert, Mountain Home, 19:49.9. 14, Oakley Reid, Preston, 19:54.5. 15, Anna Gilbert, Mountain Home, 19:57.4. 16, Alexia Corona, Ridgevue, 19:58.2. 17, Tenley Kirkbride, Preston, 19:58.6. 18, Maren Leffler, Preston, 19:59.1. 19, Emily Despain, Blackfoot, 20:04.3. 20, Elly Jeppsen, Preston, 20:05.

LOCALS — No locals qualified.

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RICHARD WOOD/Special to The Press Post Falls senior Sammie Wood, far left, Annastasia Peters, center, freshman Kaylynn Misner, and senior Alahna Lien, far right, get off the starting line during the state 5A girls cross country race at Eagle Island State Park on Friday.

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