Boise girls, Mountain View boys win district titles

STATESMAN STAFFOctober 26, 2013 

The Boise girls and Mountain View boys ran to victory in the 5A District Three cross country meet Friday afternoon at Eagle Island State Park.

Boise’s Emily Hamlin (3), Madison Lung (12), Sienna White (14), Audrey Dingel (16) and Tia Perotto (19) combined to give the Braves (64) a 20-point victory over second-place Mountain View (84). Rocky Mountain (87) was third, Vallivue (106) fourth and Eagle (111) fifth.

It is Boise’s first district championship since 2011.

“I was really surprised. It’s not that I didn’t think they could do it, in fact I thought we were the mild favorites, but when the race was going on there were so many other jerseys up there that I wasn’t sure,” Boise coach Dave Mills said. “I was thinking that we were second or third.”

Meanwhile, Jared Capell (3), Colton Ray (8), Noah Horsburgh (11), Ryan McKinnon (13) and Conner Oswald (16) secured Mountain View’s first boys district title by a 23-point margin over Capital. Rocky Mountain trailed Capital by two points, Vallivue was fourth and Boise fifth.

“It’s fun because everything is clicking for them,” Mountain View coach Tracy Harris said. “It’s one of those things where they are just so young and naive that they don’t really know what’s going on. They just get out there and race.”

Timberline’s Andrew Rafla continued a strong senior campaign, winning the boys race in 15 minutes, 34.84 seconds to upend defending state champion Dwain Stucker of Meridian, who crossed in 15:46.55.

Mountain View’s Sam McKinnon became the first Idaho female to eclipse the 18-minute mark this season with her time of 17:55.07 on the 5-kilometer course.

McKinnon, an Oregon State commit, won by a large margin over second-place Makayla Malaspina (18:30.78) of Vallivue and two-time defending state champ Hamlin (18:46.83).

“When she’s healthy, no one can run with her,” Harris said. “She’s that good.”

It is the first district title for McKinnon, who has battled a lingering foot injury the past two seasons, but credits Mountain View assistant Conor Harris with keeping her healthy this season.

The state meet is Nov. 2 at Freeman Park in Idaho Falls.

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