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Bobcats battle to defend 5A District 5-6 XC team titles

Bonneville’s Stetson Moss crosses the finish line to win the 5A District 5-6 boys cross-country championship race in 16:29.06 on Wednesday in Rexburg. John Roark / jroark@postregister.com

By MARLOWE HEREFORD
mhereford@postregister.com

REXBURG — One word summed up the individual winners of Wednesday’s 5A District 5-6 cross-country championships at Rexburg Municipal Golf Course: redemption.

A little more than a year since a stress fracture cut her junior season short and caused her to miss the district and state championships, Madison High School senior Rachel Morrin won the girls race in 19 minutes, 26.88 seconds. Running with an ankle brace in the boys race, Bonneville sophomore Stetson Moss recorded a winning time of 16:29.06. Both Morrin and Moss maintained considerable leads and won by considerable margins: Morrin by 10 seconds, Moss by 45.

Morrin’s individual title was the second of her cross-country career, having last won it in 2015 as part of an undefeated sophomore season. Her win also added another tally, as she led the Bobcats to their third consecutive 5A District 5-6 cross-country team title with a score of 25.

“It’s just so awesome,” Morrin said. “That was our goal this year was to win districts. I was really glad I was able to contribute this year.”

Per data dating back to 2003, the Post Register has no record of a District 6 school winning three consecutive boys or girls cross-country distict titles. The team battle was somewhat of a toss-up early in the girls race, but four Bobcats finishing in the top seven helped them win by a 31-point margin. Second-place Highland and third-place Rigby were separated by 11 points.

Rachel Morrin of Madison High School extends her lead in the 5A District 5-6 girls cross-country championship race Wednesday in Rexburg. Morrin won the race with a time of 19:26.88. John Roark / jroark@postregister.com

Morrin and her fellow seniors have contributed to each year of Madison’s district title three-peat, and head coach Steve Barrus described them as a uniquely talented bunch.

“Any group that goes through four years and can win three districts…that’s a testament to their willingness to work hard,” Barrus said. “I don’t think it’s that often a group of senior girls are that successful. They’re a pretty special group of girls.”

The Bobcats placed fourth at last year’s 5A state meet despite Morrin being unable to run. Now healthy, Morrin said she wants to make the most of her final state cross-country meet for Madison.

“I’m just hoping to give it my all at state and hopefully stay with (Boise’s) Eve (Jensen),” Morrin said.

The ankle brace Moss wore Wednesday was a bit deceiving. A late summer ankle injury kept Moss unable to compete until the annual Bob Firman Invitational on Sept. 23 at Eagle Island State Park—the venue for next weekend’s state meet—but he came away with a personal best of 15:35.7 and a medal in the elite race that day. He’s broken the 16-minute barrier two more times and Wednesday’s district meet was the third race in a row he’s won.

“I just kinda wanted to cross train out of my injury so I could come back as fast as I could,” Moss said. “It’s almost gone now. Things happen in life and you just have to take it as it comes.”

Moss took second at last year’s district meet to then-Bonneville senior Coen Haroldsen, now competing for Utah State, and placed 11th at state to receive a medal. The sophomore said it meant a lot to bring the boys individual 5A District 5-6 title to Bonneville for the second consecutive year.

“We always trained together,” Moss said. “He pushed me so much harder than where I thought I could go. I want to carry on his legacy at Bonneville and create my own.”

While second, third and fourth place were a battle in the girls team standings, the boys race was a nailbiter throughout. Madison ultimately repeated as district champions by two points over Upper Valley rival Rigby, 53 to 55. Eight points separated Rigby from third-place Hillcrest, which finished 10 points ahead of fourth-place Highland.

The scores were reflective of the parity in the district upon the graduation of a deep 2017 senior class, and Barrus said he anticipated a tight contest for the title. Madison had five finish in the top 18 while Rigby had five finish in the top 15.

“That was just a young bunch that had a lot of heart at the end of the race,” Barrus said.

5A District 5-6 championships

Wednesday at Rexburg Municipal Golf Course

*Top three teams, top 12 individuals qualify for state*

*complete individual results on athletic.net*

Girls

Team scores: 1. Madison 25, 2. Highland 56, 3. Rigby 65, 4. Hillcrest 76, 5. Bonneville 129

Individual results (top 40 only)

1. Rachel Morrin (MAD) 19:26.88; 2. Janessa Lemon (MAD) 19:36.57; 3. Hailey Phillips (RIG) 19:41.77; 4. Kiley Moldenhauer (MAD) 20:16.21; 5. Hailey Thueson (HILL) 20:19.26; 6. Anna Sanford (HIGH) 20:27.92; 7. Brielle Hammond (MAD) 20:33.82; 8. Elana Sanford (HIGH) 20:34.05; 9. Rainey Gallup (RIG) 20:34.89; 10. Morgan Dean (RIG) 20:37.03; 11. Sara Lemon (MAD) 20:48.21; 12. Jill Parry (HIGH) 20:54.31; 13. Lauren Benson (HIGH) 21:17.90; 14. Ashley Graham (HILL) 21:24.74 6:54; 15. Savannah Cook (HILL) 21:32.33; 16. Kenadee Gneiting (RIG) 21:34.00; 17. Haley Sirman (HIGH) 21:37.74; 18. Bailey Varvel (BONN) 21:45.66; 19. Kambria Seymour (HILL) 21:48.40; 20. Ashley Nielsen (MAD) 21:52.04; 21. Jessica Sutton (MAD) 21:53.85; 22. Breanna Bohney (BONN) 21:57.68; 23. Brooke Hammond (MAD) 22:08.66; 24. Jolissa Webb (HILL) 22:29.60; 25. Kayla Hammer (BONN) 22:35.62; 26. Jaydin Lenz (MAD) 22:37.80; 27. Madeline Wetsel (HILL) 22:39.50; 28. Abby Longhurst (HIGH) 22:42.67; 29. Hannah Bird (RIG) 22:43.55; 30. Sadie Gardner (HIGH) 22:43.65; 31. Witlee Manner (MAD) 22:47.29; 32. Alyssa Jean Felts (HIGH) 22:47.95; 33. Kambry Miller (HILL) 22:48.83; 34. Rachel Summers (HIGH) 22:57.95; 35. Kimberly Lamoreaux (MAD) 22:59.93; 36. Mariah Cook (HILL) 23:03.41; 37. Lazai Koontz (HILL) 23:11.59; 38. Aubrey Scott (RIG) 23:21.66; 39. Emily Acor (HILL) 23:21.92; 40. Rebecca Neal (MAD) 23:30.41

Boys

Team scores: 1. Madison 53, 2. Rigby 55, 3. Hillcrest 63, 4. Highland 73, 5. Bonneville 127

Individual results (top 40 only)

1. Stetson Moss (BONN) 16:29.06; 2. Spencer Stutz (MAD) 17:14.65; 3. Brenden Kilgore (HIGH) 17:26.98; 4. Shane Jensen (HILL) 17:39.87; 5. Zach Taylor (HILL) 17:40.21; 6. Quinn Kunz (RIG) 17:43.73; 7. Parker Miskin (RIG) 17:46.80; 8. Kade Godfrey (MAD) 17:47.07; 9. Chance Sleight (MAD) 17:56.15; 10. Madsen Rhinehart (HILL) 17:59.96; 11. Broadie Redding (HIGH) 18:08.40; 12. Avery Orr (HIGH) 18:09.16; 13. Logan Pulsipher (RIG) 18:13.57; 14. Eli Gallup (RIG) 18:15.47; 15. Joe Campbell (RIG) 18:24.67; 16. Morgan Crawford (MAD) 18:26.72; 17. Mason Chandler (RIG) 18:28.72; 18. Geoffrey Johnson (MAD) 18:29.06; 19. Garrett Wetsel (HILL) 18:36.81; 20. Matt Butler (MAD) 18:40.54; 21. Michael Brugger (MAD) 18:43.87; 22. Ethan Clarke (RIG) 18:44.21; 23. Tyler Cochran (MAD) 18:50.84; 24. Will Dixon (MAD) 18:51.53; 25. Brenner Mchugh (HIGH) 18:52.39; 26. Geoffrey Dye (HIGH) 18:55.08; 27. Chris Zuck (HILL) 18:55.39; 28. 140 Mason Weimer (HILL) 18:59.76; 29. Davis Weatherston (HILL) 19:02.39; 30. Luke Tapp (RIG) 19:02.84; 31. Christian Bacon (HIGH) 19:09.07; 32. Cole Funk (HILL) 19:10.90; 33. Carson Clayson (RIG) 19:13.49; 34. Aaron Saunders (MAD) 19:14.16; 35. Ethan Smith (MAD) 19:15.60; 36. Samuel Godfrey (HIGH) 19:16.84; 37. Josh Clark (MAD) 19:18.08; 38. Keaton Lewis (HIGH) 19:25.50; 39. Hunter Helm (HIGH) 19:27.15; 40. Landen Garner (MAD) 19:28.56

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