ETHETE – Pushing herself to the limits of endurance, Pinedale High School sophomore and harrier Madison Antonino took second place in the 4A girls’ division and earned All-State Honors at the Wyoming State Cross-Country Championships in Ethete on Saturday, Oct. 22.
Antonino, competing on the Jackson Hole High School (JHHS) cross-country team, posted a time of 18 minutes, 40.13 seconds, beating the third-place finisher from Laramie, Addison Forry, by nearly 45 seconds.
From the moment the starting gun sounded, Antonino placed herself at the front of the pack with senior Sydney Morrell of Cheyenne Central.
“The girls did great establishing their positions through the first half of the race,” said JHHS Head Coach Jeff Brazil. “The first mile was mostly uphill, and with the good weather, the times were all much faster than last year.”
The course dropped in elevation over the next half-mile.
“At the bottom of this hill, and the halfway point in the race, Maddy found herself in a one-on-one battle with Morrell as all the other girls had lost contact with them,” Brazil said.
Antonino stayed within 10 seconds of Morrell through a “deceptively hard” final mile, Brazil added.
“At the finish, Maddy put her last charge in, never giving up,” he said. “What a great race she had finishing as the State runner-up and just a sophomore.”
The regular season is over for cross-country runners. Practice continues for Antonino and several other members of the JHHS team as they prepare to race in the Nike Cross Nationals Qualifier in Boise in mid-November. The top five athletes from the regional event advance to the Nike Nationals.
“Madison is a big talent that will be worth watching for the next few years in high school and college,” Brazil said.