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Mountain View girls, Halladay roll to state cross country titles

Lexy Halladay of Mountain View won the 5A girls state cross country meet Saturday in Pocatello
Lexy Halladay of Mountain View won the 5A girls state cross country meet Saturday in Pocatello Idaho State Journal

Mountain View freshman Lexy Halladay left her last race in an ambulance. On Saturday, she left with a pair of state cross country championships.

Halladay cruised to the 5A girls individual title, running the 5k in 18 minutes, 10.27 seconds at the Portneuf Wellness Complex in Pocatello to beat Boise’s Eve Jensen by 11.48 seconds. She was one of five Mavericks to finish in the top 13, leading Mountain View to its first girls team title since 2010.

“If Lexy is 100 percent, she’s not going to lose — plain and simple,” Mountain View coach Tracy Harris said. “Eve is a phenomenal runner, but if Lexy is 100 percent, she’s just not going to lose.”

Halladay won every meet she entered this season, until the 5A District Three Meet last week. Battling the flu, dehydration caused her to collapse on the course, and she left in an ambulance as Jensen claimed the title.

Halladay qualified for state as part of Mountain View’s team and spent the past week resting and recovering, with only a light workout Tuesday.

“It was a little scary coming in just thinking about, ‘What if it happens again?’ Or, ‘Can I actually do it?’” Halladay said. “But getting on the line, I felt confident. I knew what I could do.”

Harris convinced her to take it easy the first mile, jogging behind in second place. That allowed Halladay to rebuild her confidence before slowing pulling away the rest of the race.

Teammate Adelynn Rosin followed in fifth place (18:57.25), Reagan Badger in eighth (19:05.22), Camryn Pritchard in 10th (19:44.41) and Makenna Schuler in 13th (19:49.68) as the Mavericks added a girls team title to their boys championships in 2014 and ’15.

Eagle brought home the second-place trophy behind a third-place finish from Dania Holmberg and a fourth-place finish from Julia LaMar. Rocky Mountain finished third.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN BOYS WIN TITLE

Taylor Phillips’ eighth-place finish in 16:36.71 led Rocky to the top of the medal stand with 92 points for its second title in five years. Borah finished seven points back in second, and Mountain View took third.

Mountain View’s Charles Paul was the top 5A SIC finisher, crossing the finish line third at 16:14.42 — 15.89 seconds behind Lewiston’s Austin Byrer for the title.

BK’S RUSSELL WINS 4A

Bishop Kelly sophomore Nicholas Russell became the Knights’ first boys state champion since Licivalter Lima in 2005 with his finish of 15:50.23 — the fastest time in any classification.

Russell defeated Skyline’s Ryan Barna by 1.9 seconds. Skyline ran away with the team title with 33 points, 78 ahead of Bishop Kelly in second place.

BK finished third in girls team race, while Emmett freshman Gemma LaVergne was the top 4A SIC finisher at 19:37.17.

AMBROSE’S HOLMBERG WINS 1A TITLE

Freshman Britta Holmberg started her high school career by running away with the 1A girls championship at 20:56.58. She edged Victory Charter’s Sage Ernest by 38.62 seconds to claim Ambrose’s first cross country state title. Idaho started awarding 1A championships last year. Previously, 1A schools competed in the 2A races.

Greenleaf, which fielded its first team this fall since 2012 after its football program folded, took second in the boys race. Freshman Daniel Dixon paced the Grizzlies with his fourth-place finish (17:05.33).

Michael Lycklama: 208-377-6424, @MichaelLycklama

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