Idaho runners will get a chance to test their skills against some of the nation’s best at the 41st annual Bob Firman Invitational.
Great Oak of California, the top-ranked girls team in the country according to dyestat.com, is entered in Saturday’s elite high school race along with No. 6 American Fork (Utah) and No. 9 Davis (Utah).
Headlining the boys field is No. 6 Davis (Utah), No. 7 North Central (Washington) and No. 8 Great Oak. No Idaho teams landed on dyestat.com’s preseason top 50.
The elite high school races (5k) are scheduled for 11:20 a.m. (girls) and 11:50 a.m. (boys).
Competition begins at 9 a.m. with the ninth-grade girls 5-kilometer race and continues through 4:30 p.m. with the middle school girls 3k.
Nearly 2,800 high school runners representing 113 schools and nine states are expected to compete, plus 680 middle school athletes from 61 schools and six states.
There is a $5 entry fee per car into the park.
At last year’s invitational, Makena Morley of Big Fork, Mont., set a course record with her win in 17 minutes, 24.6 seconds. Morley is now a freshman at the University of Montana.
The boys course record is 14:49.3, set by Luke Puskedra of Judge Memorial (Utah) in 2007.
MOUNTAIN VIEW’S PRINDLE CONTINUES TO IMPROVE
Since suffering a stroke on July 29, Mountain View junior defensive lineman Jacob Prindle has made steady progress.
“He’s doing really well. It’s remarkable. It’s like a miracle,” football coach Judd Benedick said. “He’s back at school for a couple periods a day. He doesn’t go a full day, but he comes for a couple classes a day, and then he’s still supposed to rest.”
Prindle served as the Mavericks’ honorary captain against Capital on Sept. 11, and he was on the sideline last week when Mountain View beat Centennial 42-0.
“We still consider him part of the team, so whenever he shows up we try and really welcome him and make a big deal that he’s there and celebrate him,” Benedick said. “Celebrate his life and that he’s there and he’s able to walk around and be at the games. The kids are just excited when he shows up.”
CENTENNIAL’S HUERTA A ROOKIE OF THE YEAR FINALIST IN NWSL
Sofia Huerta was one of three finalists for the National Women’s Soccer League Rookie of the Year award, which Huerta’s Chicago Red Stars teammate midfielder Danielle Colaprico ultimately won.
Huerta, a 2011 Centennial High graduate, completed her first professional season with six goals, tied for eighth most in the top professional women’s soccer league in the United States. She also added three assists as she played in 19 of the Red Stars’ 20 games, starting 15.
Chicago coach Rory Dames told NWSLsoccer.com Huerta served a key role while several Red Stars players went off to the Women’s World Cup.
“(Huerta) carried us for a while there during the (World Cup),” Dames said. “She got hot and put us on her back.”
DEFENDING STATE CHAMPS RANKED 59TH IN NATION
Highland of Pocatello, which won the 5A state football title last fall, is the only Idaho team to land on the CBS MaxPreps Top 100 Computer Football Rankings, released Monday. The Rams are 4-0 with wins over American Fork (Utah), Pocatello, Century and Madison. They are ranked No. 2 in the Idaho state media poll behind Mountain View.
IDAHO TIES ON USC, OREGON FOOTBALL ROSTERS
• Freshman Porter Gustin, who played his freshman and sophomore seasons at Emmett High before moving to Utah, has played in all three of No. 19 USC’s games this season at outside linebacker. Gustin has five unassisted tackles and one assisted tackle, including a half-sack against Stanford last Saturday, and 1.5 tackles for loss.
• Redshirt freshman Don Hill, a Timberline High graduate, has appeared in one game for USC at outside linebacker, recording two unassisted tackles, one assisted tackle and a tackle for loss in a 59-9 win over Idaho.
• Redshirt freshman Khalil Oliver, a Rocky Mountain High graduate, has played in all three of No. 13 Oregon’s games this season at defensive back. He has three assisted tackles, including 0.5 tackles for loss. He also recovered an onside kick against Eastern Washington.
COLE VALLEY GRAD ON NO. 1 GOLF TEAM
Freshman Graysen Huff, a 2015 graduate of Cole Valley Christian who competed for Eagle High, helped Auburn win the Carpet Capital Collegiate by nine strokes, vaulting the Tigers to No. 1 in the Golfweek Sagarin rankings. Huff finished tied for 47th and fourth among Auburn golfers.