Tiger-Grizz Invite 2009
Tiger-Grizz field loaded with talent
By DAVID ROY droy@postregister.com

This year's Tiger-Grizz high school cross-country meet could be titled "Meet of Champions."

All eight 2008 Idaho state championship teams will be running in the meet, which starts at 3 p.m. today at
Freeman Park.

More than 600 runners representing 39 teams from four states have signed up for the meet. Defending 5A girls
champ Mountain View, 4A champ Preston, 3A champ Bear Lake and 2A/1A champ Soda Springs will be on the
course. On the boys side, Twin Falls (5A), Bishop Kelly (4A), Teton (3A) and Firth (2A/1A) will run.

Twin Falls has been reclassified to 4A, but the Bruins always pose a threat in any 5,000-meter race.

The Tiger-Grizz features teams from Utah, Montana, Wyoming and Idaho. Other strong programs include
Highland, Hillcrest, Idaho Falls and Bozeman, Mont. And the race will have the top three teams from last year's
4A boys state championships, when Bishop Kelly took first, Preston second and Hillcrest third.

"There will be several good races and some great competition," said Skyline coach Sean Schmidt, who is
co-meet director with Idaho Falls coach Alan McMurtrey.

The race will be run over the same route as last season's Tiger-Grizz and is the largest invitational so far this

The races will be run in two divisions divided by school size. The A division will include schools with at least 640
students, while the B division will have schools with 639 and fewer.