Runners descend upon Blackfoot

BLACKFOOT — Cross-Country runners from eighteen schools descended upon Blackfoot High School on Friday afternoon for the always popular Blackfoot Invitational. Four different Bingham County schools were in the field with Firth representing the 2A class. Snake River was the lone 3A school while Blackfoot and Shelley both represented in the 4A field.
At the end of the day local runners fared fairly well as several turned in solid times in the meet.
Snake River's Quincy Van Orden was the top placing runner from the county in the girls event, crossing the tape in 6th position with a time of 21:12.91. Blackfoot's Kendall Armstrong also finished in the top ten, coming in tenth with a time of 21:33.00 on her home course. Heidi Esplin cracked the top twenty, coming in 15th place for the Firth Lady Cougars and Rachel Coronado was the top Shelley runner on the girls side, crossing the wire in 26th place with a time of 22:47.69.
On the boys side Blackfoot had a pair of runners that turned in stellar performances as Matt Croft finished 6th with a time of 17:17.72 and Kohl Bingham in 11th place just 12 seconds back.
Ruben Ortiz of Shelley continued to impress in his freshman season, coming in 12th at 17:31.59. Snake River junior Justin Belk was the fastest Panther on the course, coming in 16th place with a time of 17:44.88 while Kedrick Jolley of Firth led the Cougars with a time of 19:09.62.