Idaho High School Cross Country Preview, Top Runners in 2022
Idaho’s 2022 high school cross country season gets off to a serious start this week as more than 40 Treasure Valley teams test their mettle between invitations from New Plymouth and Jimmy Driscoll.
Treasure Valley is home to four returning individual state champions and three defending team champions, with plenty of up-and-coming racers hot on their heels.
Here are the top athletes entering this season, according to Valley Coaches.
BEST GIRLS TO WATCH
Allie Bruce, Boise
She’s headlining a loaded Brave roster as the reigning 5A Individual State Champion. She has played soccer in the fall for the past two seasons, but is stepping away from the sport to focus on cross country this year.
Sammy Smith, Boise
The 2020 5A State Champion and 2021 runner-up is one of the nation’s top soccer prospects for her age group, but she’s not just a beast on the pitch. After an injury kept her off the track last spring, she’s back to compete for more gear this fall.
Rilyn Stevens, mountain view
The 2021 District 3 5A finalist placed third out of 3,200 at the state last spring. She’s on course to improve on her sixth-place finish at the state from a year ago.
Kayelee Austin, Middleton
Kuna goes from 4A to 5A ranking this season, putting another top 5 in the mix. Austin, who also plays football in the fall, placed fourth in last year’s 4A state meet.
Kylee Quinton, Weiser
As a junior, she took second place in the 3A 3 District Meet and is the top returning finisher. She added a sixth-place finish at the state to help Weiser win a fourth-place tag team trophy.
Cameron Moore, Ambrose
The defending District 3 2A and State Champion is back to defend her titles. She won last year’s state meet by nearly 30 seconds.
Anna Dixon, Greenleaf
She caused a stir in her freshman debut, placing second in both 1A District Three and state meets. During the track season, she won the state title in the 1600 and was a runner-up in the 800.
BEST BOYS TO WATCH
Landon Heemeyer, Rockies
With Idaho Falls moving up to 4A standings, Heemeyer is the top finisher returning from last year’s 5A state meet. Now the junior, who finished third, is ready to fight for the top spot in the state this fall if he can hold off teammates Tyler Sainsbury and Keith Uitdewilligen.
Kaden Helder, Boise
After a seventh-place finish at last year’s 5A District Three encounter, he worked his way up, crossing the finish line in fifth position. He will have fellow junior Noe Kemper, who finished 13th in the state, to push him in practice.
Andrew Ringert, Eagle
The junior is the school record holder in the 3,000 and 3,200m, and he will be a top contender for the District 3 5A and state championships after finishing seventh in the state the last season.
Austin Clough, Bishop Kelly
He took third place in the 3,200 meters during the track season last spring and added two fourth places in the 800 and 1,600 m. As a junior, he was the top finisher in the 2021 4A State Meet in ninth place.
Samuel Poisson, Vallivue
Fish finished just outside the top 10 at last year’s 4A State Meet in 12th place. After a strong track season that saw him take fourth place in the 3,200 meters, he will face Clough for District Three supremacy.
Jack McManus, McCall-Donnelly
McManus is the top returning finisher in last year’s State 3A meet, taking third place behind a pair of Snake River seniors. He qualified for the 1600 and 3200m finals at the national athletics competition last spring.
Ian Stockett, Victory Charter
The two-time State 1A champion will go for his third straight title this fall, but he’ll have to keep an eye on his younger brother Luke Stockett, who was third in the state a year ago.
The summit meets are scheduled for this fall.
- August 27: Jimmy Driscoll Invitational, Bishop Kelly High (Boise)
- September 1st : Caldwell Dusk, Brothers Park (Caldwell)
- September 24: Bob Firman Invitational, Eagle Island State Park
- September 29: Invitation from Gary Ward, Lakeview Park (Nampa)
- October 6: City of Boise Championship, Ann Morrison Park (Boise)
- October 20: District Three 4A Championship, Eagle Island State Park
- 21st of October : District 3 5A Championship, Eagle Island State Park
- October 29: State Encounters 5A to 1A, Lewiston Orchards (Lewiston)
The top athletes to watch from each team who completed the Idaho Statesman preseason poll.
Wood : Allie Bruce, Jr.; Sammy Smith, Jr.; Noe Kemper, Jr.; Kaden Helder, Jr.
Eagle: Andrew Ringert, Jr.; Michael Altenburg, Sr.; Elizabeth Baruch, so.; Allie Hipwell, Sr.
Meridian: Aubrey Kohler, Sr.; Nate Stadtlander, so.; Paisley Taylor, so.; Marion Packer, Sr.
Middleton: Kayelee Austin, Sr.
Nampa: Noah Howerzyl, so.; Finnley Olson, so.; Jocelyn Federico, Sr.; Annie Edmonds, Jr.
Owyhee: Faith Johnson, so.; Brayden Bowen, Sr.
Rocky Mountain: Landon Heemeyer, Jr.; Tyler Sainsbury, Sr.; Keith Uitdewilligen, Sr.; Brighton Heywood, Jr.
Bishop Kelly: Austin Clough, Sr.; Jack Tobin, so.; Charlie Goss, Jr.
Ridgeview: Brayden Wade, Jr.
Sky View: Jacob Reed, Sr.; Christopher Peterson, Fr.; Sophia Krzemien, Jr. ; Makalya Gardner, therefore.
Vallivue: Samuel Fish, Sr.; Aaron Williamson, Sr.; Michelle Ramirez, Sr.; November Oxier-Mori, jr.
Fruit land: Ethan Starr, Jr.; Israel Norris, Sr.; Bennett Smith, so.; Braylee Peterson, Jr.
McCall-Donnelly: Jack McManus, Sr.; George Speirs, Jr.; Olivia Cline, so.
Parma: Bronson Beus, Sr.; Haylee Gentry, then.
Weiser: Kylee Quinton, Sr.; Kendall Rynearson, Jr.; Claire Mathews, Fr.; Josh Kelley, so.
Ambrose: Cameron Moore, Sr.; Josiah Schiebout, Sr.; Carter Langin, Fr.
Melba: Ravi Manzer, Jr.; Rozzlyn Cazier, sr.
Christian Nampa: Noah Howerzyl, so.; Finnley Olson, so.; Jocelyn Federico, Sr.; Annie Edmonds, Jr.
New Plymouth: Jordan Steers, Jr.; Hazel Black, so.; Hiatt Beus, sr.
North Star Charter: Everett Meiter, so.; Keith Pelham, Jr.
City of Idaho: Lévi Kindelberger, sr.
Victory Chart: Ian Stockett, Sr.; Luke Stockett, Jr.; Connor D. Robbins, Sr.; Benton Bernard, Jr.
Cascade: Tyler Thurston, Jr.; Cole Olson, so.; Carson Rowley, Sr.; Faith Inwards, Sr.
Advice: Lévi Armichardy, sr.
Tri-Valley: Wyatt Stiff, Fr.; Peyton Waters, so.; Emma Barton, so.; Adelyn Barton, Fr.