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2017 All-Area Cross-Country Team

First team girls

Rachel Morrin, Madison senior

A year after a stress fracture ended her junior season, Morrin had a comeback senior season to remember with five sub-19 minute times. The BYU commit led local finishers in the Bob Firman Invitational girls elite race by placing 18th in an area best time of 18:18.9 to tie her personal best, placed second in the Bob Conley Invitational Varsity A race, won the 5A District 5-6 individual title for the second time in her career and placed fifth at the 5A state meet for her second career state medal.

Janessa Lemon, Madison sophomore

One of four District 6 girls to break the 19-minute barrier this season, Lemon created a strong 1-2 punch with Morrin to help the Bobcats reach their third consecutive 5A District 5-6 team title and third consecutive 5A state fourth place trophy. The sophomore entered this season with a personal best of 20:09.6, breaking it two meets into the season with a 19:11.3 at the Rigby Invitational. At the 5A state meet, she ran 18:52.7 for a 10th place finish and a career-first state cross-country medal.

Macy Olson, Skyline sophomore

Olson followed up a freshman season of top-25 finishes with a sophomore season of top-1o finishes. Those included ninth place at the Cardinal Classic, 10th overall at the annual Tiger-Grizz Invitational, fifth at the Bob Conley Invitational, third at the 4A District 5-6 championships and fourth at the 4A state meet in a personal best 19:09.9 to medal for the second consecutive year. Part of Skyline’s solid group of top five runners, Olson was the Grizzlies’ No. 2 girl behind Sariah Harrison in seven of 10 meets this season that ended with a program-first state team championship.

Karlie Callahan, Shelley junior

The Bob Firman Invitational Varsity Division II race was the first meet of the season for Callahan, who spent the late summer months recovering from meniscus surgery. The junior hit her stride by October, placing in the top six in four of her last five meets and winning the 3A District 6 and 3A state individual titles 10 days apart. Callahan ran a personal best 19:01.1 at state to become Shelley’s fourth consecutive individual girls state champion and lead the Russets to a fourth place team trophy — their fifth state trophy in as many years — in their final 3A season.

Sarenady Price, Sugar-Salem sophomore

Price took over as Sugar-Salem’s lead girl upon the graduation of multiple state medalist Shaylee Hill, now a NJCAA First Team All-American at the College of Southern Idaho. The new role brought much success as Price placed in the top two of all but two races, including three wins and a personal best time of 19:08.4. One of Sugar-Salem’s numerous sophomore girls, Price ended the season as 3A District 6 and 3A state runner-up to help lead the Diggers to their first girls district and state team titles since 2013.

Second team girls

Hailey Phillips, Rigby junior
Abby Hurst, Blackfoot senior
Natalya Babcock, Butte County freshman
Breanne Herrmann, Skyline junior
Katie Jo Gebhardt, Salmon senior

First team boys

Zach Erikson, Idaho Falls junior

Local coaches praised Erikson for his leadership as well as his times this season. Among his four sub 16-minute times were a personal best 15:33.6 (third fastest for Idaho in any classification per athletic.net) to place 10th and lead local finishers in the Bob Firman boys elite race and 15:45.8 to place 16th of 175 runners in the Jim Danner race at Nike Portland on Sept. 30. Erikson won five meets, including the Cardinal Classic and the 4A District 5-6 championships, and took second overall at Tiger-Grizz and at state to lead I.F. to its first boys cross-country team state title since 2002.

Brennan Anderson, Sugar-Salem senior

The 3A state meet brought a three-peat for the Sugar-Salem boys and history for Anderson, who became Sugar-Salem’s first individual boys state champion with a time of 16:04.09 and led the Diggers to a 1-2-3 finish with teammates Kooper Williams and Taylor Hill. The senior placed in the top five of every meet through state, winning five meets including the 3A District 6 championships and had a personal best of 15:59.2 at the annual Rob Campbell Invitational.

Kooper Williams, Sugar-Salem junior

Williams formed a solid trio with Brennan Anderson and Taylor Hill for the three-time defending state champion Diggers, with top-five finishes in every race. All but one of those races was a top-three finish, including second place at the 3A District 6 championships and 3A state meet for the second state cross-country medal of his career. Williams, who had a personal best of 16:50.7 as a sophomore, broke 16:45 seven times as a junior and 16:30 five times.

Dallin Hart, Skyline junior

Skyline’s new lead boy had top-1o finishes all season. He won the Bronco Classic in Blackfoot and Mile High Classic in Challis and was the 4A District 5-6 runner-up. Hart ran faster than 16:30 four times, including breaking the 16-minute barrier for the first time with a personal best 15:57.9 (16th fastest time in Idaho for any classification per athletic.net) at the Mile High Classic. One of two returning medalists from Skyline’s 2016 4A state champion team, Hart placed fourth at this year’s meet for his second consecutive top-10 state finish.

McKay Harms, Skyline senior

Harms ran five sub-16:30 times his senior season, including a personal best 16:00.4 (19th fastest time in Idaho for any classification per athletic.net). He had eight top-10 finishes, including second at the Mile High Classic, fifth in the Bob Conley Varsity A race and third at the 4A District 5-6 meet. Together with fellow returning state medalist Dallin Hart, Harms helped the Grizzlies place second in the team standings of the 4A District 5-6 meet to send a full team to state for the third consecutive year. Harms also won a state medal for the second straight year, finishing seventh.

Second team boys

Reed Eddington, Idaho Falls junior
Spencer Stutz, Madison junior
Andy Gebhardt, Salmon sophomore
Taylor Hill, Sugar-Salem senior
Austin Despain, Blackfoot sophomore

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