POCATELLO – Pinedale sophomores Cora Koci and Madison Antonino competed with the Jackson Hole High School cross-country team at the Bob Conley Invitational in Pocatello, Idaho, on Thursday, Oct. 6.
Antonino dominated the 5K course and earned gold in girls’ varsity. She clocked in at 18 minutes, 07.70 seconds, and beating the runner-up from the host school by 15.2 seconds.
Koci put in a strong performance, placing 63rd out of 211 contestants in girls’ varsity with a time of 24:56.40.
Antonino’s time at Pocatello is the second fastest on record in the history of cross-country at Jackson Hole High School, said Head Coach Jeff Brazil. She now holds the second-best time for girls’ varsity in Wyoming for the season.
Brazil described Antonino’s race as “amazing,” a reflection of the young athlete’s dedication and growing confidence.
“Maddy has been crushing workouts for the past two weeks,” Brazil said. “It was clearly on display on Thursday.”
Antonino shot out from the starting line and “jumped out with the lead pack,” Brazil added.
“At the mile mark, she felt that it was too slow and made a definitive move that no one else could match,” Brazil said. “From there, she kept on the gas, extending her lead consistently for the next 2 miles. In her first big race victory, she PRd by 38 seconds. Her win makes her a legitimate contender for the State race in two weeks.”