September 2, 2022
CALDWELL, ID. - Thursday's Caldwell Twilight Invitational served as a platform for the Rocky Mountain boys and girls cross country teams to show that they are picking up right where they left off last year. The 2021 defending 5A state champion boys team claimed the team win with 43 points over last year's Caldwell Twilight team champions, Bishop Kelly (62 points). On the girls' side, the absence of the Lady Brave of Boise's varsity team left the door open for the Rocky girls to take the team win with just 31 points over Eagle (84 points).
The Rocky boys, led by Keith Uitdewilligen and Cody Lucas, amassed their 43 points as a tight-knit pack, with just a :36 time gap and their scorers finishing in 6th, 7th, 9th, 10th and 11th, while averaging 16:09. The same could be said for the Rocky Mountain girls' team. Led by junior Brighton Heywood's win (18:57), the Grizzlies won their race by putting four athletes in the top 10 as well. It should also be noted that the Rocky Mountain program as a whole swept the invitational, with wins for both boys and girls JV races. Furthermore, the JV boys almost posted the perfect finish with 16 points, finishing 1-4, 6.
The individual headline belongs to the Stockett brothers of Victory Charter. Ian Stockett, the elder statesman in the household, took down the previous course record which was set last season by Nampa Christian's Grady Mylander (15.36). Stockett crossed the line in 15:22, with brother Luke finishing in second place with a time of 15:37.
Photos and Race interviews by MileSplit Idaho contributor Michael Najera