Running at the 1A state cross-country meet this fall last week were (clockwise from top left):
For Clearwater Valley, Melanie Gianopulos, who placed third in the 1A girls race. On the boys side for CV was (not pictured) Kevin Hill.
For Prairie, from left, Kerri Villamor, Jessie Sonnen, Jacey Rambo, Ciara Chaffee, Kyleigh Duclos, Kendra Duclos, Hope McIntire and Maria Schmidt. Individually, Chaffee placed 11th in the 1A girls race.
For Kamiah, Derek Loewen, Samuel Brisbois, Kaden Mercer, Jonas Oatman, Michael MacMenamin, Jace Sams, Michael Popp and Brandon McHone.
For Kamiah, MacMenamin placed sixth in the 1A boys race.
In the 2A boys race, Grangeville’s Adam Wonnacott (not pictured) qualified and ran.
As of Wednesday, November 1, 2017
“For the Kamiah boys it was their first experience at state,” KHS coach Janna Privette told the Free Press following her first season at the helm of the combined Clearwater Valley-Kamiah cross-country squad. “I love seeing kids at state for the first time because you can see them get that wide-eyed look when they see the number of people and start to feel the pressure that state can bring...I think it really helped them set some pretty big goals for the future. We don't graduate anyone, which means we should be even stronger next year.”
The only one of her athletes with state cross-country experience — Michael MacMenamin — took sixth place in the boys race with a 5K time of 17:03.24.
Two area sophomore girls medaled: CV’s Melanie Gianopulos took third in 20:24.98 and Ciara Chaffee took 11th in 21:38.04.
“That is a huge accomplishment for such a young runner,” Privette said of Gianopulos’ medal run. “I expect that we will see great things from her this coming track season and over the next couple years. She is our only runner who set a personal record on the state course.”
Prairie coach Glenn Poxleitner said his team probably ran better earlier in the season, but also ran well at state.
“We’ve been dealing with a lot of injuries and sickness here towards the end,” he said, “and that kind of held us back a little bit. But they ran hard and battled hard and it was a successful season.”
Prairie is set to return much the same squad for next fall.
“With some good coaching and hard training a little bit of new design for our program — and who knows whether we’ll gain some new runners? — we should be competing for the top of the district and potentially bringing home a trophy from state next season.”
For Grangeville, which is winding down its cross-country program, one runner competed at state: junior Adam Wonnacott finished 47th in 18:39.15.