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The Boise Senior Open With Big Performances

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We knew the Boise Senior girls would be good. 

But after the team's first race of the season, we might have to consider just how good will the Braves be?

Like any year, you have to expect some changes. Runners will improve and make leaps, either backwards or forwards. 

In Boise Senior's case, the girls of Idaho are once again looking like the toast of their region. 

While sophomore Sammy Smith retained the form that saw her win an Idaho state cross country championship as a freshman, winning the Jimmy Driscoll Invitational in 17:57.1, what was a little more unexpected was her second-place finisher. 

Sophomore Allie Bruce, who was third on that same team last year at state, earned her third career sub-18 performance, finishing in 17:58.7. 

Smith landed a 141 speed rating, while Bruce covered in 140. Senior Jamie Hamlin was sixth in 19:25.7, while teammate Annika Zuschlag was seventh in 19:36.3. The team's fifth-place scorer, Lydia Nance, was in ninth in 19:51.7.

A team like Boise Senior is always competing at elevation -- this time, at 2,730 feet -- so you always have to consider just what this team might look like at sea level. 

But if this is an early indication, the Braves are once again going to be dangerous this fall.