Red Devil cross country team has strong showing at Delta Invitational
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GCHS seniors Jackson Knowles (front) and Treyton Helquist set a strong pace at the start of the Delta Invitational Cross Country Race. Photos by John Knowles
GCHS seniors Jackson Knowles (front) and Treyton Helquist set a strong pace at the start of the Delta Invitational Cross Country Race. Photos by John Knowles
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GCHS senior Jordan Bryant and junior Mason Trantor sprint toward the finish line at the Delta Invitational.
GCHS senior Jordan Bryant and junior Mason Trantor sprint toward the finish line at the Delta Invitational.
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Battling some of the most brutal weather conditions imaginable, the Grand County High School cross country team competed at the Delta Cross Country Invitational in Delta, Colo., on Friday, Aug. 30. Against cross country teams from the western slope of Colorado, the Red Devil long-distance runners competed well, according to GCHS cross country coach Randy Martin.

“Temperatures in the mid 90s with high humidity make for extremely difficult and challenging conditions for runners,” Martin said. “We train every day in the heat in Moab, but the conditions in Delta with heat and humidity were just brutal.”

Leading the way for the girls’ varsity team was senior Mercedes James, who finished eighth in a field of 85 runners with a time of 21 minutes, 34 seconds. GCHS freshman Jayelen Knowles finished 27th overall with a time of 22:46. She was followed by sophomore Annie Heywood, who had a time of 26:43, and freshman Alexa Pierce with a time of 27:54. Knowles’ time was the fifth best overall for a freshman at the meet.

“After talking to some of the team members once they had finished, we decided that our mental aspect was the most difficult part of the whole meet,” GCHS senior Mercedes James said. “Besides being in a slightly higher altitude, we individually knew how well we could do and our best course of action [to run hard] was always the answer.”

“The course was a really nice course so it wasn’t a bad race,” sophomore Annie Heywood said. “If it had been a little cooler we would have had great times.”

Leading the way for the boys varsity team was senior Jackson Knowles, who finished ninth in a field of 110 runners with a time of 17:55. In 17th place was senior Treyton Helquist with a time of 18:30; junior Adam Hugentobler finished in 29th place with a time of 19:13; and senior Adam Jenkinson finished 45th with a time of 20:18. Rounding out the top five for the boys was freshman Cameron Wakefield with a time of 21:40, which was the 10th fastest time for a freshman at the meet.

The boys varsity team finished in eighth place overall from a field of 20 Western Slope Colorado high schools.

“The course was different than most of the runs we have run so far in that the whole was pretty much flat and all gravel,” Jackson Knowles said. “Despite the heat, the course gave us the opportunity to run really well.”

Also competing for the Red Devil boys varsity team: freshman Alan Snow crossed the finish line with at time of 21:43; senior Skyler Johnson finished with a time of 22:55; senior Jordan Bryant finished with a time of 23:11; junior Mason Trantor finished with a time of 23:12; freshman Mackay Wakefield finished with a time of 23:29; freshman Aaron Hawks finished with a time of 23:31; senior Reyce Knutson finished with a time of 24:15; sophomore Cody Jones finished the race with a time of 25:33; and freshman Tyrese Stash, running his first cross country race for the Red Devils, crossed the finish line with a time of 30:21.

“Despite the challenging weather conditions, the entire team ran hard and ran well,” senior Adam Jenkinson said. “Everyone pushed themselves as hard as they could even though the heat was very high.”

The Red Devils next meet is the South Sevier Invite held at the Monroe Rodeo Grounds in Monroe, UT on Wednesday September 11; followed by the Tiger Invitational held at Canyon View Park in Grand Junction on Friday September 13.

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