Bob Firman Invitational

In little more than a decade the Bob Firman Invitational, which is held at Eagle Island Stat park in Boise, has arguably become the biggest regular season meet in the Northwest.  It pits a quality field, which can compete together on a challenging and traditional course and its challenge is happily regularly accepted.  While this years' event did not produce the scintillating events of last year, when Conner Mantz (14:51) & Makena Morley (17:24) scorched the course & pulled the fields stunning times. The competition was excellent as well as deep.
   

In the elite girls' race Courtney Wayment of Davis pulled away from her challengers to win in a time of 17:56.  It is a fine time and few girls have managed to break eighteen minutes on the this course, that can intimidate many runners.  Piper Meuwissen of Bozeman ran another fine race to take second for Bozeman with a clocking of 18:01.  Whitney Rich of Bingham gave a good account of herself with a third place effort of 18:05 & former Foot Locker National Finalist Bryn Morley of Bigfork followed with 18:11.  Interestingly enough Bryn also placed fourth as a freshman last fall.  Isabella James of West (Salt Lake City) garnered fifth with 18:12 to finish a second ahead of Evelyn Mandel of Great Oak, who had the consolation of leading her California team mates to victory over American Fork by a 43 to 77 margin.   Seventh went to Eve Jensen of Boise, who continues her fine freshman campaign with a mark of 18:36 & earned the title of top Idaho finisher among the gals.  Sara Musselman of American Fork placed eighth in  18:39, as she edged Californian stalwart Destiny Collins of Great Oak, who shared the time.  Great Oak also got a ninth place finish from Sydney Belus, who ran 18:41, while Camille Winterton of Skyline (Utah rounded out the top eleven with a mark of 18:47:  a time she shared with Katie Struthers of Lehi.
     

The boys' team race saw four teams challenge for the title with Timpanogos scoring a narrow 104 to 106 victory over Great Oak.  Close behind was Davis with 109 points, while Lehi was not far back with 116, as it placed fourth. Three runners separated themselves from the pack with Alek Parsons of Ogden clocking 15:16 to score a victory.  William Handley led the victorious Timpanogos team with his second place effort of 15:17. Spencer Dodds of Great Oak finished third with 15:19 and Carmen Todd of Davis took fourth with 15:26.  Justin Janke of North Central placed fifth in 15:27, while Chris Henry of Laramie, the defending Wyoming State Champion, claimed sixth with 15:36. Joe Benson of Timpanogos nipped Walter Vail of Crater for seventh  at the tape with both sharing 17L41  with Connor Arnell of Lehi following two seconds later.   Ryan Raff of was the top underclassman as the sophomore ran 15:47 to secure a top ten finish.  There was a tight battle for eleventh with Colter Blanchard of Davis edging Austin Stewart of Shelley with both sharing a time of 15:48.