This past weekend the Broncs varsity and junior varsity cross-country teams competed in Pocatello, Idaho, and Arlington, Washington.
On Thursday the JV team made the trip to Pocatello to compete in the Bob Conley Invitational. On the girls side, sophomores Alex Gingery and June Darin both ran well after strong performances last week at home. Gingery used a strong third mile to finish in a time of 22:55, while Darin ran to a personal record with a time of 26:22.
On the boys JV side, junior Bohdan Barnett led the way, finishing in sixth place with a time of 17:24. Following Bohdan, junior Oliver Mosely and sophomore Axel Wogoman both broke the 20-minute mark, finishing with in 19:19 and 19:20, respectively. Not far behind the two were freshman Jack Overbay and Owen Schultheis.
Traveling to Arlington, Washington, the Broncs varsity team competed in the Nike Hole in the Wall.
Head coach Jeff Brazil said he views this event as a halfway point in the season, and he brought his team into the week viewing it as a turning point, shifting from training to course strategy.
In the boys varsity silver event, seniors Lachlan Brown and Sasha Profatilov bounced back from a start that had them in the middle of the pack, finishing strong. Profatilov finished in a personal record with a time of 18:06, while Brown finished in 18:19.
The Girls Varsity Gold event showcased the majority of the Broncs girl runners. Senior Jacie Chatham led the way in a 12th-place finish with a time of 19:10, a personal record, while freshman Maddy Antonino earned a personal record of her own, finishing in 19:32. Overall, the girls finished in eighth place out of the 32 teams participating.
Senior Kate Brigham qualified to compete in the girls varsity elite race. Finishing in fifth place with a time of 17:28, Brigham ran the fastest time in the history of the Broncs program and established herself as one of the top runners in the Northwest, according to Brazil.
Finally, the majority of the Jackson boys competed in the varsity elite race. Many of the Broncs finished very close to each other, but ultimately it was Mason Wheeler, who led the pack with a time of 15:27, good for 11th place.
Following Wheeler was junior Colby Jenks, finishing in a time of 16:24, followed closely by seniors Roman Goralski, Axel Klomparens and Brandon Brazil.
Looking ahead, the Broncs are getting set for the regional meet on Oct. 16, followed by the state meet on Oct. 22.