IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – Despite a challenging, up-and-down course, the Elko cross country team gave head coach Cody Krenka plenty to be optimistic about Friday during the Tiger-Grizz Invitational at Freeman Park.
“The course had a lot of hills and was pretty tough, but the kids posted some very good times,” Krenka said.
The Indians finished in 10th place as a team, posting 273 points.
Elko was led by junior Alex Klekas’ time of 17:32, finishing 17th individually.
“Alex put up a very good time for this early in the season on that tough of a course,” Krenka said.
Senior Curtis Prescott ranked second among Elko’s runners in 56th place with a time of 18:48.1, followed in 60th by a personal record of 18:55.3 set by freshman Sean Klekas.
In 65th and placing fourth for the Indians was sophomore Duncan Monroe, who crossed the line in 19:03.5.
Senior TJ Stevens finished with a time of 19:21.8 for 75th, followed in 77th by senior Trevor Bruch’s 19:22.
Junior Peter Neff rounded out the Indians’ varsity roster with a time of 20:05.8 for 96th place.
The Lady Indians collectively ranked 11th in the standings with 247 points.
Senior Raini Jonson led the way with a time of 22:10.9 for 44th, narrowly edging the 22:15.1 personal record by freshman Xandry de Arrieta for 45th.
“My freshmen are running very well. I think Xandry will be our fastest girl by the end of the season if she can avoid injuries,” Krenka said. “On the boys side, Sean Klekas is looking very good as well.”
Senior Madison Macias crossed the line two spots later in 47th with a time of 22:17.8.
Placing 61st, junior Kady Allen set a personal record with a time of 22:41.8 and senior Chloe Overlie also marked a PR of 23:07.7 for 69th.
“Kady is becoming a very good runner. She is starting to PR almost every meet she runs,” said Krenka.
Freshman Abigail Prickett showed promised of things to come with a 23:28.4 for a personal record and ranked 78th.
Junior Makayla Chacon rounded out the varsity roster for the Lady Indians with a time of 23:57.2 for 84th place.
Junior Varsity Girls
The Lady Indians’ JV team placed 14th overall and gave Krenka some positive outlooks for his younger runners.
Lulu Neff paced the Lady Indians with a personal record of 24:33.1 for 50th place.
Running down, senior Genevieve Peterson ranked 56th with a time of 24:40.1.
Junior Yesenia Armendariz set a personal record with a time of 25:34.9 and placed 90th, and freshman Briana Cortez finished in the top half of the 251-runner field and placed 119th with a personal record of 26:23.1.
Junior Varsity Boys
Elko had just two runners cross the line in the upper half of the monstrous, 374-man junior varsity field.
Senior Nathan Loze set a personal record for the second straight week with a time of 21:39.7 for 163rd place, while freshman Jimmy Murphy also went for a PR of 21:43.8 and placed 168th.
“Our runners are setting a lot of personal records and almost everyone is improving across the board,” Krenka said. “We still have a long way to go but I like what I have seen for the first part of the season.”
Elko will hit its next course with less than a week of rest under its legs, taking part in the Canyon Ridge Run on Wednesday at Rock Creek Park in Twin Falls.