Idaho Falls area high schools race for bragging rights at City/County Cross Country meet

The start of the boy’s race at the 2020 City/County Cross Country Meet in Idaho Falls. | Eric Grossarth,

IDAHO FALLS — Cross country runners from the five Bonneville County high schools competed in the annual City/County Cross Country Meet on Thursday afternoon.

The course covered 5,000 meters around Snake River Landing. The Skyline Grizzlies girls team took control early on, dominating the race. With a time of 18:50, Grizzlies Nelah Roberts took first place. Her team followed right behind scoring 23 points, beating Idaho Falls High School.

In the boy’s race, Idaho Falls Tigers runner Luke Athay came in first with a time of 16:31. The win however was not enough to keep the Skyline boys team edging out Idaho Falls by a single point. Skyline scored a 29 with Idaho Falls a 30.

The City/County race comes the week before Idaho Falls school’s head to the District Championship races. The top runners at many of the schools took Thursday off in preparation for the race that qualifies runners and teams for the State Championships.

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Skyline High School’s Nelah Roberts took first place in the girl’s race at the City/County Cross Country meet. | Eric Grossarth,

The Idaho Falls High School Cross Country coach discusses the course with the tigers minutes before the race. | Eric Grossarth,

Idaho Falls High School Luke Athay takes an early lead at Thursday’s meet. | Eric Grossarth,

Runners from all five Idaho Falls/Ammon area high schools battle it out in the final stretch of the race. | Eric Grossarth,

Start of the girls race. | Eric Grossarth,