TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) The Twin Falls Girls Cross Country team exceeded expectations this past weekend at state. Each of the seven Bruin runners ran a personal record at The Orchards in Lewiston.
The Lady Bruins finished third overall, but produced the back to back individual champion, Mattalyn Geddes. The school record holder finished with a time of 17:29, holding off Sariah Harrison, from Skyline.
Her goal in early September was to break 18 minutes, and she accomplished that feat easily. The only girls that ran a faster time in all of the state's classifications, were from 5A schools.
Here's Geddes on having competition down the stretch.
"It was a lot of fun, I really enjoyed being able to run with her, since I'm usually running by myself and she helped push me and helped accomplished my goal," explained Geddes.
In 2017, her first year in Idaho, Geddes broke the course record at Eagle Island State Park in the 4A ranks, with a time of 18:22:46. Her coach Tonia Burk believes her time of 17:29 is a new 4A record at The Orchard.
The team features zero seniors, so expect these girls to be a perennial threat next year.
Junior Brinlee Garling said, "I'm super happy with my time, I'm glad that I was able to get where I wanted of my goal of breaking the 19, so that was really cool."
"The expectation for myself, I didn't think I would make it on the varsity team, but I made it and I did super good," added Summer Garling, a freshman.
Junior Lara Maccabee said, "we did lose a lot of team members, so Mattie, Brinlee and I were like how is this season going to play out? "But we do know that we did have some strong freshmen coming in. We knew they were up for the challenge and they did really, really awesome."
As for Geddes she's training for the Nike Cross Regionals, which is next month in Boise, with a potential spot to nationals on the line.
OTHER NOTABLE RESULTS:
Raft River's Kaybree Christensen won the 1A state title, while Karlee Christensen took second, The Community School’s Katherine Estep and Sophia Mazzoni took fifth and ninth respectively. Valley’s Analine Gonzalez finished tenth. The Oakley girls won the team title.
The Community School's Johnny Hagenbuch took second, while Valley’s Garrett Christensen took fourth. Teammates Adam Elorrieta and Jadyn Peltier finished seventh and eighth place. The Vikings finished second.
Duncan Blackmon finished ninth for Declo.
Keely Wolf finished fourth for Gooding, while Annie Walker and Brinley Humphreys of Kimberly took sixth and seventh respectively. Liz Edler was 10th, for Filer. The Lady Bulldogs finished third.
Buhl's Daniel Butler took second and Gooding's Owen Rogers finished seventh.
Jacob Detemple of Burley took sixth and Twin Falls’ Payson Bingham was seventh.