2006 Bob Firman Invitational

Elite Division - Girls

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2006 Bob Firman Invitational - Elite Team Division
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Elite Division - Girls Teams

Bear Lake - Montpelier, ID
Bishop Kelly - Boise, ID
Boise - Boise, ID
Borah - Boise, ID
Central Catholic - Portland, OR
Davis - Kaysville, UT
Desert Vista - Phoenix, AZ
Gig Harbor - Gig Harbor, WA
Mountain Crest - Hyrum, UT
Mountain View - Meridian, ID
Provo - Provo, UT
Skyline - Salt Lake City, UT
South Kitsap - Port Orchard, WA
Warwick Valley - Warwick, NY

Gig Harbor
Mountain Crest
Desert Vista
Gig Harbor, WA
Hyrum, UT
Boise, ID
Boise, ID
Phoenix, AZ
Kaysville, UT
#10 NTN SW

Elite Division - Girls to Watch

Kesslee Payne
Gig Harbour
8th 2005 Washington XC state meet, 4A. 1600 / 5:05.14
Karleigh Gempler 12 Borah 2nd 2005 Idaho XC state meet, 5A. 1600 / 5:09.24
Candace Eddy 10 Davis 1st 2006 Utah state meet, 5A 3200. 1600 / 4:58.51
Anne Lovelace 11 Boise 4th 2005 Bob Firman, Elite. 1600 / 5:11.06
Macinze O'very 10 Mountain Crest 1st 2005 Utah XC state meet, 4A.
Bethany McInturff 11 Century 1st 2005 Idaho XC state meet. 1600 / 5:13.22

Kesslee Payne
Karleigh Gempler
Candance Eddy
Anne Lovelace
Macinze O'very
Bethany McInturff

Jordan Englehardt
Bishop Kelly
1st 2006 Idaho state meet, 4A 3200. 1600 / 5:32.46
Christa Hughes 12 Nampa 2nd 2006 Idaho state meet, 4A 3200. 1600 / 5:16.45
Natalie Haws 11 Davis 6th 2006 Utah XC state meet, 5A. 1600 / 5:09.17
Cydney Jacobsen 11 Bear Lake 1st 2005 Idaho XC state meet, 3A. 1600 / 5:26.86
Bug Simmon 10 Mountain View 4th 2005 Idaho XC state meet, 4A. 1600 / 5:17.84
Nicole Nielsen 10 Borah 3rd 2006 Idaho state meet, 5A 3200. 1600 / 5:14.79

Jordan Englehardt
Christa Hughes
Natalie Haws
Cydney Jacobsen
Bug Simmons
Nicole Nielsen

Sarah Olson
11th 2005 Idaho XC state meet, 5A. 1600 / 5:19.09
Shayla Kipp 10 Skyline (UT) 8th 2005 Utah XC state meet, 5A. 1600 / 5:37.01
Bradi Hutchison 11 Highland 7th 2005 Idaho XC state meet, 5A. 1600 / 5:32.06
Erica Wendt 12 Skyline (ID) 9th 2005 Idaho XC state meet, 5A. 1600 / 5:23.67
Samantha McMillian
Judge Memorial
1st 2006 Utah state meet, 3A 1600. 1600 / 4:59
Michelle Sexauer
Desert Vista
17th 2005 Arizona XC state meet, 5A-1.

Sarah Olson
Shayla Kipp
Bradi Hutchison
Erica Wendt
Samanth McMillan
Michelle Sexauer

Teams to Watch - 2006 Bob Firman Invitational

GIRLS TEAM Gig Harbor (Gig Harbor, WA) #2 NTN Northwest Region
2005 preseason favorite did not disappoint winning Washington's large school state championship before finishing season with strong 7th place showing at NTN. Team returns 4 of top 5 including Kesslee Payne (5:04/10:43), Amanda Andrews (5:13/11:19), Anna Kalbrener (5:10/11:29), and Kate Stuartner. All sub 20 xc's who proved they can perform under pressure. Looks to again be the class of Washington with national caliber front four.

2005: #7 Harrier Super 25. #2 NTN Northwest Region. 7th Nike Team Nationals, 1st Washington State Meet, Class 4A. 1st Sunfair (traditional scoring), 3rd (flight scoring).

GIRLS TEAM Mountain Crest (Hyrum, Utah) #10 NTN Southwest Region
Utah has turned out several national caliber teams and it appears that MC girls may be the team to carry the banner in 06. The defending 4A state champions return 5 of 6 including individual state champion Macinze O'very, and top 10 state finishers Kimber Labrum and Kira Datwyler. They are a young team (top 5 returners include 3 sophomores) but based on last year's strong finish and quality returners, expectations are high for 06.

2005: #8 NTN Southwest Region. 1st Utah State Meet, Class 4A. 5th Bob Firman, Elite Division. 3rd BYU Autumn Classic

GIRLS TEAM Boise High (Boise, Idaho) #6 NTN Northwest Region
The 05 team was not a blip on the radar screen until impressive performances at Bob Firman and Jim Danner led to an NTN wild card berth. Gone is sub 5 miler Dana Morgan, but team could be stronger in 2006. 4 of top 5 return including Anne Lovelace (5:11 1600m), Sarah Olson (5:19 1600m) and Rebekah McGourty and they are joined by soccer transfer Jacque Sahlberg (5:11 mile). Quietly confident and race tested.

2005: #22 Harrier Super 25. #3 NTN Northwest Region. 20th Nike Team Nationals, 1st Idaho State Meet, Class 5A. 3rd Bob Firman, Elite Division. 1st Jim Danner, Division 1.


GIRLS TEAM Borah (Boise, ID)
Many Borah distance runners consider track as an opportunity to work on improving speed for their favorite sport - XC. Borah's top 3 girls are back and all are coming of track PR's Karleigh Gempler (5:09 1600m), Nicole Nielsen (5:14 1600m), and Auna Charlton (2:16 800m). Gempler is looking to reclaim the state individual XC champion title that she won in 03 as a freshman. Front trio as good as any in the state but depth an issue for title run.

2005: 3rd Idaho State Meet, Class 5A. 2nd Bob Firman, Division 1.

GIRLS TEAM Bishop Kelly (Boise, Idaho)
BK girls are coming off their 3rd straight Idaho 4A state championship. Team returns top 3 Jordan Engelhardt, Elissa Flandro, and Lauren Stevens and #5 Cara Gillespie from team that dominated its divison scoring 48 to runner-up's 110. Engelhardt, a freshman in 05, showed a lot of poise as team's front runner in XC and as 4A state 3200m (11:32) champion. BK is on a roll and expects to win. Enters season as Idaho's Class 4A favorite.

2005: 1st Idaho State Meet, Class 4A. 9th Bob Firman, Elite Div. 8th Jim Danner, Div 1.

GIRLS TEAM Desert Vista (Phoenix, Arizona)
Arizona's 05 large school state runner-ups were set for 06 with entire team returning. An unlucky break (broken foot) takes #1 runner, Patricia Barella, out for the season. Team still strong with solid core led by Carol Facinelli, Michelle Sexauer, and Lauren Wickham with several others competing to fill out varsity squad. Over past four years DV girls teams have performed well at big invites - Great American, New Balance ROC, and Jim Danner.

2005: 2nd Arizona State Meet, Division 5A-1. 4th Doug Conley Invitational.

GIRLS TEAM Bear Lake (Montpelier, Idaho)
Bear Lake continues to dominate Idaho's 3A division claiming the last three team titles and individual titles. Returns 6 of 7 (loses #3) from team that won state meet with score of 22 and also won 05 Firman Division 2 title. Returning state and Firman D2 champion, Cydney Jacobsen, is very strong on the grass and hills. 2x state XC champion Sheralyn Davidson, along with Erika James, and Payge Jacobsen makes Bear Lake a heavy favorite to repeat.

2005: 1st Idaho State Meet, Class 3A. 1st Bob Firman, Division 2.


GIRLS TEAM Davis (Kaysville, UT)
Davis's front runners have the speed to keep them in contention in any invitational. Sub 5 miler, Candace Eddy, Utah's fastest returning XC racer and defending 1600/3200 state is paired with 5:09 mile, Natalie Haws, who recorded the eighth best 05 Utah XC state meet time. Remainder of team has shown significant improvement from last year and contributed to team's early 06 success. Arguable the best of Utah's 5A (large school) teams.



GIRLS TEAM Warwick Valley (Warwick, NY)
Tough state! In 05 finished 3rd in New York Public State Meet behind Hilton and Saratoga Springs, the eventual Nike Team National Champion and runnerup respectively. Aislinn Ryan, 04 Footlocker National Champion, moves on to college but 3 of top 5 are back. Returners Tori Pennings, Kristen Peluso, and Cecilie Braadt listed on Tullyrunners Class AA preseason watchlist. The Firman Invitational is excited to have Warwick in Boise.

2005: 3rd New York State Class Championships. 9th New York Federation Championship. 4th Eastern State Championships. 9th Great American Nike Race of Champions.

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