With the departure of defending 4A district and state champion Idaho Falls to 5A and the graduation of three-time defending individual 4A state champion Mattalyn Geddes of Twin Falls, targets were on the Skyline runners’ backs this fall.

Nelah Roberts is on the cusp of wrapping up her freshman season of cross country at Skyline, where she has finished in the top five at each of the team’s eight races, and already she has become one of the best freshmen in the area. She has two first-place finishes and three second-place times.

There’s a full slate of state playoffs and tournaments scheduled for the end of the week, but the Mountain Rivers Conference football teams already got a head start on the postseason action with Monday’s Kansas City tiebreaker.

After experiencing success at the national level in his four years of high school cross-country, Thunder Ridge’s Stetson Moss will be joining a collegiate program that has climbed the national ranks in recent seasons.

Sugar-Salem head cross-country coach Brett Hill has built an impressive resume in his more than two decades of coaching high school cross-country in Idaho, but he experienced a rare first on Saturday.