Mountain View High cross country runner Lexy Halladay made her Nike Cross Nationals debut in record fashion.
The freshman and Idaho 5A state champion was undeterred despite cold and muddy conditions, powering her way to a 16th-place finish in 18 minutes, 0.3 seconds Saturday at Glendoveer Golf Course.
It is the best finish by an Idaho female at the 13th annual race that featured 200 runners this season.
Colorado’s Brie Oakley won the race in 17:10.1, nearly 30 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor. Manlius (N.Y.) won its 10th team title in 11 seasons.
Halladay stayed with the lead pack early in the race and was as high as fifth before Oakley began to distance herself from the rest of the field around the 1-mile mark.
Many of the runners crossed the finish line with legs covered in mud, and some teams featured on the live webcast said afterward they duct-taped their shoes to keep them from being pulled off in the mud.
The previous best NXN finish by an Idaho female was 22nd by Mountain View graduate and current Oregon State runner Sam McKinnon in 2013.