EAGLE, Idaho – The Bob Firman brings together over 3,000 runners from 147 different schools in nine different states to Eagle Island State Park for one of the region’s largest cross-country meets.

However, this meeting has not taken place for the last two years due to the pandemic, so the runners were more than ready to give their all on this 5km course.

“Every year we trained so hard for this, we prepared, but it got called off,” Rocky Mountain’s Landon Heemeyer said. “So to have him this year is such a blessing and we’re thrilled to be back.”

Rocky Mountain is the defending state champion and they were impressive winning the overall elite division, Heemeyer finished first with a time of 14:58.4, Rocky considers Eagle Island his home course.

This is our fortress and every day we run here and fortify it,” Heemeyer said. “We are preparing to defend it when 150 teams come, we have our plan and we were ready.

In the Women’s Elite Division, Boise Brave finished third while Samantha Smith finished fourth overall with Allie Bruce finishing tenth, two teams from Utah finished first and second.

here is a link to all Bob Firman Invitational Cross Country Meet results.

We also spoke with parents who told us that cross-country has been instrumental for their children during the pandemic, and that cross-country competitions force coaches, parents and even the media to race each other. they want to see the action.

“That’s the best part of going back and forth,” said Gerd Uitdewilligen, one of Rocky Mountain’s parents. “It’s a great team with great coaches, but more importantly there are over 100 kids all racing to their own capacity.”

The high school racing season wraps up with the state championship meet on Oct. 29 in Lewiston and teams will return to Eagle Island for the NRX Northwest Regional on Nov. 12.

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