Cross country team finishes third and fourth

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

The Mountain Home Tiger cross country team finished third in the girls competition and fourth in the boys competition at last Thursday's Mountain Home Invitational cross country meet at the Desert Canyon Golf Course. Mountain View ran away with both the girls and boys races.

Haley Schaefer finished 10th (22:09) to lead Mountain Home, just ahead of Alysia Crandall (22:15).

Jessi Cameron ran her best time of the year, finishing 22nd (23:25), Jordan Vivier was 28th (24:13), Jennica Quintal ran 35th (24:44), Tiana Svetkovich ran her best time ever (26;12) and finished 43rd, Alysia Caldwell improved her season's best (27:06) and finished 47th, Ashley Benham ran 52nd (28:03), Courtney Ashford, 55th (28:30), and Korie Foster, 59th (31:37).

Nick Reynolds led the Tiger boys, placing 33rd (19:21), two spots ahead of Matt Bernyk (19:28), with Dylan Johnson (19:33) two places behind Bernyk. Gavin Cline finished 56th (20:30), Garrett Wood, 61st (20:50), Andrew Martin, 62nd (20:55), and Nico Pinque came in 73rd (21:25).

Tiger cross country coach Doug Root is pleased with the way his runners are running at this stage of the season.

"The kids ran very well. We had Jessica Cameron beat her PR she set last year by about 40 seconds, and Andrew Martin is running really well right now. He's really improved since the first of the season.

"We had little scare," Root said. "Haley Schaefer was having some foot problems and we thought it might be a stress fracture, but it turns out it was a strained tendon. She should be ready to go by the end of next week, so everything's looking pretty good right now."

The Tigers will run at the District III 4A cross country meet this Thursday at Eagle Island State Park. The top four teams will qualify for state, and Coach Root believes they have a good chance of being the fourth team in both the girls and boys.

"It should be a dogfight between us and four other teams in both the boys and girls to see who gets that fourth spot to state.

In the girls, Bishop Kelly, Emmett and Kuna look pretty tough, and in the boys, Kuna, Bishop Kelly and Skyview look pretty tough, so there's one spot available for us and the other four teams. We'll just have to see how things go."

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