September 4, 2009
Southern Idaho Super-Meet
By: Aron Taylor; Southern Idaho Editor
Boys Recap: Mountain View Prevails
In pre-season rankings much hype was placed on the ID#3 Mountain View boys cross country team. The problem was that we knew Mountain View had depth but they also lacked a true front runner. This dilemma left the door wide open for Dave Mills ID#1 Boise team to reign supreme. However, it was not anticipated that Mountain View would run 10,15, 25 second spreads from 1-5.
At the Caldwell Invitational, the Tracy Harris led Mountain View did just that! While Boise brought home their top three before the Mountain View #1 it would not be enough. Mountain View then packed five runners even with the Boise #3 runner to prove they may not be the best dual meet team, but in large invitationals they are lethal. The results proved that as Mountain View won the boys team title with 72 points over a resiliant ID#5 Bishop Kelly squad with Boise finishing third. Looking closer at the results we see Mountain View averaged 17:13 for 5K, while Bishop Kelly averaged 17:14 and Boise 17:15. What this tells me is that these teams are very close. Going out on a limb, Bishop Kelly is looking more and more as the team to beat in the south as they have a true front runner(s) and a deep team as well. (pic from: mountainviewxc.com)
Individually, Idaho standout Eric Fitzpatrick dominated with an individual 16:08 performance winning by over 30 seconds. Fitzpatrick is one of the top individuals in the West and should contend for a Footlocker berth.
Girls Recap: Mountain View Dominates/ Boise Shocker!
In pre-season rankings we had little hopes for the Boise Braves. However, all this would change with this single meet. Not only did Boise narrowly lose to Mountain View, but they defeated ID#2 Eagle in the process. Led by individual standout performance by Kate Jamboretz the Braves stacked them in to score 73 points to finish second.
As expected, the ID#1 Mountain View girls dominated in championship fashion. Running a 55 second spread from 1-5, and a 16 second spread from 3-5, the Mountain View team racked up 57 points to claim team victory. Close behind were pre-season unknowns Bishop Kelly, and surprise Vallivue. Look for a massive shake-up in the new rankings!