Nick Thomas took the head coaching position at Salmon after serving as an assistant coach for five years to Cecil Jackson, who retired after last season. A former Salmon runner himself, Thomas said in August that he knew the potential his girls team had after seeing them build up to this season. In all but one year since 2013, the Salmon girls had placed second or third at the 2A state meet.

Salmon finally had its moment on Oct. 30, edging powerhouse Soda Springs 62 to 66 for its first girls state title since 2002 and first at the 2A level. Four girls medaled in the winning effort: Abby Williams (eighth in 20:01.4), Sara Deschaine (14th in 20:26), Brylin Bills (17th in 20:29.2) and Sedona Cannon (18th in 20:29.4). The good news for Salmon is that all seven girls to run at state are underclassmen.

For guiding Salmon to the blue trophy and banner in an intensely competitive 2A classification and ending nearly a two-decade state title drought for the girls in his first year as head coach of his alma mater, Thomas is the Post Register’s All-Area Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year.

 

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