Ryan Stutz signing

Madison’s Ryan Stutz signs his letter of intent.

Madison runner Ryan Stutz recently signed a letter of intent with the College of Southern Idaho.

Stutz broke 16 minutes twice last season, including posting a personal-best time of 15:52.3 at the Bob Conley Invitational in Pocatello. He finished 16th at the 5A state championships, a result he said was disappointing after placing top 10 the previous two years.

After a foot injury set him back last season, Stutz said going to a community college with a solid cross country program was the right choice for his development and potential jump to Division I.

“I’m really excited to go down there and run,” he said.

Stutz also runs the 1,600 and 3,200 during track season and said he looks forward to a breakout season this spring after missing time over the past two years due to the COVID shutdown and recovering from the foot injury.

CSI’s men’s country team finished ninth at the NJCAA Division I Cross Country Championships last season. The team’s top five runners were three freshmen and two sophomores, including Joseph Ereaux, a freshman out of Idaho Falls High.

Stutz said he plans to study physical therapy.

Allan Steele is Sports Editor of the Post Register. Reach him at 208 542-6772 and follow on Twitter at asteele12000

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