Welcome to the home of the Sandpoint High School Cross Country team. SHSXC is dedicated to Sandpoint High School Cross Country all year round.

SHSXC History

Sandpoint's Cross Country program was established in 1986 by Richard Catlin and had only 8 runners. In 1987 it was taken over by Cheryl Klein (1987-1997, 2002-2003), who coached a total of 13 years and brought home the teams first State Championship in 2002. Other coaches of the program include Mike Flame(1998), Teresa Schow (2000-2001), Jim Barton (2004-2005), and Matt & Angie Brass (2006-present). Over the past 34 years, the team has accomplished the following:

In 33 Seasons


  • 3 State Championship Teams(2002, 2013, 2014)
  • 11 State Trophies
  • 3 State Champions (Individual)
  • 35 State Medalists (Individual)
  • 14 Regional Championships (Team)
  • 16 Regional Champions (Individual)
  • 25 State Qualifying Teams


  • 3 State Trophies
  • 22 State Medalists (Individual)
  • 13 Regional Championships (Team)
  • 12 Regional Champions (Individual)
  • 24 State Qualifying Teams


  • 15 Valedictorians
  • 12 Salutatorians
  • 24 College Runners
  • 3 Academy Selections

Each year it is the goal to continue the trend of excellence of the teams of the past. That will give us the success and growth required of our program.

History Videos

Legends (2015): A compilation SHSXC Legends over the years.

Legends (2011): A compilation SHSXC Legends over the years.

A video of the SHS Distance Hall of Fame.

Specific History:


  • 3 State Championship Teams(2002, 2013, 2014)
  • 11 State Trophies: 4th 1992, 4th 1993, 4th 2000, 1st 2002, 4th 2003, 3rd 2005, 2nd 2006, 1st 2013, 1st 2014, 2nd 2015, 3rd 2017
  • 3 State Champions: Allie Brosh (2002, 2003), Megan Bartlett (2007)
  • 35 State Medalists:
    • Angie Ross 1990 (2nd), 1991 (2nd), 1992 (3rd), 1993 (7th)
    • Nicole Maloney 1997 (8th), 1998 (2nd)
    • Allie Brosh 2000 (3rd), 2001 (3rd), 2002 (1st), 2003 (1st)
    • Danya Rumore 2002 (3rd)
    • Ashli Ludden 2002 (7th)
    • Sarah Clark 2003 (19th)
    • Megan Bartlett 2005 (4th), 2006 (2nd), 2007 (1st), 2008 (2nd)
    • Kathleen Vardell 2005 (20th), 2006 (6th)
    • Victoria Vardell 2006 (8th)
    • Molly Burgstahler 2010 (13th)
    • Mikhaela Woodward 2012 (18th), 2013 (6th), 2014 (15th)
    • Rainey Woodward 2013 (8th), 2014 (17th), 2015 (17th)
    • Sharon Rowe 2014 (14th)
    • Katherine Kaul 2014 (18th), 2015 (6th), 2016 (14th), 2017 (14th)
    • Hannah Davidson 2015 (12th), 2016 (15th), 2017 (8th)
  • 14 Regional Championships: 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • 16 Regional Champions
    • Angie Ross 1991, 1992, 1993
    • Saskia Neher 1995
    • Nicole Maloney 1996, 1997
    • Allie Brosh 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
    • Megan Bartlett 2006, 2007, 2008
    • Molly Burgstahler 2010
    • Mikhaela Woodward 2012
    • Hannah Davidson 2017
  • 25 State Qualifying Teams: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019


  • 3 State Trophies: 4th 1993, 3rd 1994, 3rd 2014
  • 22 State Medalists:
    • Brad Griffin 1986 (20th)
    • Brian Hadley 1992 (16th)
    • Matt Brass 1993 (6th)
    • Preston Martin 1993 (20th), 1994 (3rd)
    • Chris Blood 1993 (7th), 1994 (7th)
    • Kyle Delamarter 1994 (13th), 1995 (10th)
    • Isaac Zentner 2000 (3rd)
    • Chad Honsinger 2000 (20th)
    • Geoff Klein 2003 (13th)
    • Steve Terran 2006 (9th)
    • David Marienau 2009 (9th)
    • Danny Pfeifer 2009 (14th)
    • Sam Levora 2011 (5th), 2012 (2nd), 2013 (2nd)
    • Jacob Graham 2014 (16th)
    • Sam Powell 2014 (18th)
    • Fin Lund-Andersen 2015 (17th)
    • Jett Lucas 2019 (15th)
  • 13 Regional Championships: 1994, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • 11 Boys Regional Champions:
    • Matt Brass 1993
    • Preston Martin 1994
    • Kyle Delamarter 1995
    • Isaac Zentner 2000
    • Steve Terran 2006
    • David Marienau 2009
    • Sam Levora 2011, 2012, 2013
    • Ephriam Weisz 2017
    • Nikolai Braedt 2018, 2019
  • 24 State Qualifying Teams: 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

College Runners (24)

  • Laura Thurston - 1988 Willamette University
  • Brian Hadley - 1993 North Idaho College, Whitman College
  • Angie Ross - 1994 Idaho State University
  • Preston Martin - 1995 North Idaho College, University of Alaska
  • Chris Blood - 1995 North Idaho College
  • Isaac Zentner - 2001 Dickinson College
  • Allie Brosh - 2003 University of Montana
  • Danya Rumore - 2002 Willamette University, Oregon State University
  • Kat Vardell - 2009 Air Force Academy
  • Tony Charvoz - 2009 University of Puget Sound
  • Danny Pfeifer - 2011 Montana State University
  • Evan Rains - 2011 Viterbo University
  • Molly Burgstahler - 2011 The College of Saint Scholastica
  • Jenny Van Ooyen - 2012 Saint Lawrence
  • Tim Prummer - 2013 Lane Community College
  • Sam Levora - 2014 Washington State University
  • Matt Burgstahler - 2014 St. Johns
  • Mikhaela Woodward - 2015 Western Washington University
  • Claire Pierce - 2016 George Fox University
  • Hannah Davidson - 2018 Utah State University
  • Ciera Bailey - 2018 College of Idaho
  • Garrett Pierce - 2018 College of the Ozarks
  • Brady Nelsen - 2020 Lewis-Clark State College
  • Bionce Vincent - 2020 Pacific University

Valedictorians (15) & Salutatorians (12)

  • Darrin Gleiser - 1988 Valedictorian
  • Aaron Lish - 1989 Valedictorian
  • Scott Brixen - 1991 Salutatorian
  • Niki Parenteau - 1992 Valedictorian
  • Karen Omodt - 1993 Valedictorian
  • Angie Ross - 1994 Valedictorian
  • Talitha Neher - 1994 Valedictorian
  • Aaron Coburn - 1995 Salutatorian
  • Saskia Neher - 1996 Valedictorian
  • Megan Collins - 1997 Salutatorian
  • Pam Neher - 1998 Valedictorian
  • Kristin Harbuck - 1999 Salutatorian
  • Benjamin Lockwood - 2004 Valedictorian
  • Callie Cole - 2006 Valedictorian
  • Sarah Wills - 2007 Salutatorian
  • Kevin Pfeifer - 2009 Valedictorian
  • Kat Vardell - 2009 Salutatorian
  • Hope Woodruff - 2010 Valedictorian
  • Matt Pfeifer - 2012 Valedictorian
  • Tim Redford - 2013 Salutatorian
  • Alan Orr - 2014 Salutatorian
  • Matt Burgstahler - 2014 Salutatorian
  • Lauren Orr - 2015 Valedictorian
  • Corinne McClelland - 2016 Salutatorian
  • Katherine Kaul - 2018 Valedictorian
  • Chloe Braedt - 2019 Salutatorian
  • Paige Davidson - 2020 Salutatorian

Academy Selections

  • Kathleen Vardell - 2009 Air Force Academy
  • Alan Orr - 2014 Naval Academy
  • Dutton Rogers - 2018 Naval Academy

A Brief History of Cross Country

Cross-country running as an organised sport originates from England. In the early 1800s cross-country was practised in public schools, especially Rugby. In 1850, undergraduates at Exeter College, Oxford organised a foot grind. This was an analogy with steeple chasing on horse where a race would be held towards the nearest church steeple, forcing riders to clear rural obstacles such as hedges, fences, and ditches. A two-mile cross-country steeplechase formed part of the Oxford University sports (in which many of the modern athletics events were founded) in 1860, but replaced in 1865 by an event over barriers on a flat fields, which became the modern steeplechase in athletics.

In 1868, members of Thames Rowing Club looking for winter exercise (when rowing did not take place then) formed T hames Hare and Hounds in Roehampton on the south-west fringes of London and adjoining Wimbledon Common on which cross-country races were staged. They were joined by Peckham Hare and Hounds in 1869 (which became Blackheath Harriers in 1880), Cheshire Tally Ho Hare and Hounds in 1872, Birchfield Harriers 1877, Cambridge University Hare and Hounds in 1880, and Ranelagh Harriers in 1881. The English Cross Country Union followed in 1883 which introduced the National Championships. Most of these early clubs continue to thrive to this day. The reason for the names associated with hunting is that in many of the early matches, the course was set by paper chasing: a few runners (the hares) would have a start on the bulk of the field (the hounds), and lay a 'scent' by scattering a paper trail behind them which the hounds would follow. Racing would take place between the hares and the hounds and within the hounds themselves. Because of the obvious nuisance this can generate, this form of racing was largely discontinued quite early on. Occasional matches still take place, by Cheshire Tally Ho and the popular Hash House Harriers, for example. However, from an early date steeplechases and championship races also took place over fixed courses, as today.

In 1878, the sport was introduced into the United States by William C. Vosburgh. At first, the sport served mainly as training for summer track and field athletics. Nine years later, cross-country running became a formal sport in the United States. Despite the international popularity of cross-country, the sport was dropped from the Olympics after 1924 due to it being an inappropriate summer sport. In the 1960s, the International Amateur Athletic Federation, which regulates cross-country running, allowed women to run for the first time.

The sport is still popular in temperate countries. Internationally, the IAAF organises the World Cross Country Championships, which is perhaps the best quality distance race that takes place as it attracts runners who normally specialise in only one or two track or road distances. In recent years the type of course at this event has changed, moving from the traditional form to faster, drier courses.

Modern Information

Courses and distances

Each cross-country running course is different in composition. Distances are generally standardized in leagues, however there will be little in common between any two courses other than their distance. As such, accurate comparisons cannot be made between performances on different courses or even on the same course on different years as the weather and underfoot conditions can be significantly different. For this reason, records of the fastest times in international competition are not kept.

Races are started en masse, sometimes each team having its own pen or box along the start line. A gun or horn is then sounded, and runners have a few hundred metres to converge from the wide starting line into the much narrower path that must be followed until the finish.

The runner is responsible for staying within a specified distance of the marked path. Courses may be marked using various methods, such as tapes and flags. One method is to attach to poles colored flags which communicate direction. A red flag means left, a blue flag means straight, and a yellow flag means right. Flags must be passed on the opposite side of the direction to which the runner is turning, with the exception that blue may be passed on either side. Ground markings are also used, usually a solid or dashed painted centerline.

The course usually ends at a finish line located at the beginning of a funnel or chute. The chute is a long, roped walkway that keeps athletes single-file in order of finishing. Scoring is done by the noting of a number, or the issuing of a disk with the runner's position stamped on it which clubs use to compose a return for the race organisers. This helps the people running the meet make sure everyone is scored correctly. Less common is an open finish line, which usually involves reading radio-broadcasting computer chips (sometimes referred to as "chip timing") attached to each runner. Prior to the finish line, the course may widen to allow more passing.

Generally, cross-country races for women will range from anywhere from 2000m to 8000m (1.25 to 5 miles) while men's races will range from 5000m to 15,000m (3.1 to 9 miles).


Cross-country running is normally scored on a team basis. Points are awarded to individual runners equal to the position in which they cross the finish line (first place gets 1 point, second place gets 2 points, etc). Only the first five on each team are counted towards that team's score. The sixth and seventh runners on each team are sometimes called "pushers" or "displacers," because while they do not earn points for their team, they sometimes (depending on the league or championship rules) push up the point score of each opponent after them. Teams are awarded ranks based on the number of points their top runners have, with lowest being best (similar to golf). The numbers of scoring runners can vary from four to twelve. The rules in the event of a tie vary depending on the competition. Often, the team which has a lower sixth-place runner is the winner (however, in the US NCAA, the sixth runner is not used and ties are possible), or the team to close first wins.

The lowest possible score is a 15 (1+2+3+4+5), achieved by a team's runners finishing in each of the top five positions. The opponents would have a score of 40 (6+7+8+9+10), which is considered a "sweep" for the winning team. Of course, if the winning team's 6th and 7th runner's came in 6th and 7th, the opponent's score would be a whopping 50 (8+9+10+11+12). Accordingly, the official score of a forfeited dual meet is 15-50.


Cross-country running involves very little specialist equipment. Unless it is particularly cold, most races are run in shorts and vest (usually in club colours). Footware is usually a pair of spikes, which is a light running s hoe with a fairly rigid sole into which spikes can be screwed. Which length of spikes are used depends on the conditions and varies from 6mm to 15mm. Studded shoes, where the sole is made from rubber moulded into patterns of studs are often used on drier courses

Cross-country running in the United States

Distances in United States amateur running differ based on gender and league. Most elementary schools in US do not have school teams, but many running clubs exist for youth runners (including the Junior Olympics) and their courses are around 1.5 miles or 2,400m in length and include less challenging terrain then in the more advanced leagues. In secondary schools, the standard male and female varsity distance is 5,000m, or approximately 3.1 miles. The Footlocker US High School Nationals are 5,000m as well. However, states differ in their regulations, and in some this may be reduced to 2.5 miles for females or junior varsity males. At the university level, distances are 5,000m or 6,000m for females and 8,000m or 5 miles for males for most invitationals and NCAA Division III regional and national meets. For NCAA Divisions I and II, men race 10,000 meters and women 6,000 meters at regional and national competitions. The largest cross-country invitational in the world is at Mt. SAC. The IAAF World Championships and USATF National Championships consist of a long course and a short course. The long course is 12,000m for men and 8,000m for women, while the short course is 4,000m for both men and women.

Source: Wikipedia (link)
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