Utilizing a two-mile course rather than the traditional 5K (3.1 miles), the Madison Dash opened up the season for not just a lot of students in 2021, but for a lot of runners who are a bit green on experience.
The format matches up juniors and seniors in a race and sophomores and freshmen in another.
In the Women’s Two-Mile (Jr/Sr) category, Star Valley was led by senior Eve Mavy who ran a time of 12:56.5, good for third place overall. Madison’s Rebekah Kinghorn logged the top time of 12:43.3.
Senior Emmalee Hale was 11th with a time of 13:51.60. Kaia Barkdull (21st), Elsie Pieper (25th) and Lilian Weiler (26th) rounded out the top five for a team score of 86, which was good for fourth.
Idaho Falls took the team title with a score of 38 with Madison placing second with 66. Rigby edged Star Valley for third with 81.
In the Men’s Two-Mile (Jr/Sr) division, Idaho Falls’ sophomore Luke Athay paced the pack with a time of 10:09.1.
Senior Johnny Hunting led the Braves’ effort with a 11:16.70 which was good for 21st.
Junior Bryan Hahn was next for Star Valley with a 12:05.7 which was 35th. Wyatt Dunn (41st), Caleb Thygerson (48th) and Kelson Allred (52nd) rounded out the scoring five.
The Braves finished with a team total of 144 which was sixth as a team.
Rigby took the team title with an impressive 39. Idaho Falls was second with a 43 and Madison was third with a 63.
The Men’s Two-Mile (So/Fr) category had a young Star Valley team placing second with a 58.
Freshman Habtamu Wetzel was sixth with a time of 11:34.70. Sophomore Beau Skinner was tenth with a 11:44.10.
A pack of Drake Plowman, Peter Lorch and Jase Burton finished 13 through 15.
The SVXC Team will be in Soda Springs next weekend for the Cardinal Classic.