The race was run on a 3.1 mile (5k) course that mostly runs on a single track trail behind the USU campus in Blanding. The race course was a highly technical trail requiring runners to cautiously navigate the course. Teams from San Juan; Emery; Whitehorse; Monticello; South Sevier; North Sevier; Green River; Pinnacle Canyon Academy and Mancos and Cortez, Colorado also competed at the invitational.
Leading the way for the boys’ team was senior Jackson Knowles who secured a tenth place medal with a time of 20:23. Finishing behind Knowles was senior Treyton Helquist who finished sixteenth with a time of 21:02. Rounding out the top seven for the Red Devils were junior Andrew Hugentobler with a time of 21:33; senior Adam Jenkinson with a time of 21:33; freshman Cameron Wakefield with a time of 23:09; senior Skyler Johnson with a time of 24:25 and junior Mason Tranter with a time of 24:28.
Also competing for the Red Devils were seniors Reyce Knutson who finished with a time of 24:55 and Jordan Bryant with a time of 26:12.
“The race course was extremely difficult and dangerous in spots for all the runners” Coach Randy Martin said. “I was glad to hear that the region championship next week was being moved off of that course to a course near the high school”.
Four freshman runners competed in the Boys JV race. Freshman Alan Snow claimed an eighth place medal with a time of 23:33 while teammate Mackay Wakefield finished right behind Snow in ninth place with a time of 23:58. Aaron Hawks finished with a time of 25:44, while Tyrese Stash finished with at time of 29:50.
The lady Red Devils had two medal winners in the race – Senior Mercedes James finished in sixth place with a time of 24:14 while freshman teammate Jayelen Knowles finished in tenth place with a time of 25:16.
“I was less concerned about my time and more concerned with not getting hurt on the course” James said. “With less than a week to go before the region championships I did not want to roll an ankle on the trail.”
Also competing for the lady Red Devils were sophomore Annie Heywood who crossed the finish line with a time of 27:45; freshman Alexa Pierce who finished with a time of 29:05 and sophomore Lauren Drake who finished with a time of 30:24.
The Red Devils next compete in the Region XV Championship races in Blanding on Tuesday. Oct. 15.
“This is the race our team has been preparing for all season” Martin said. “It is the race that determines who goes to the state championships and who goes home for the season.”
“Everyone will be prepared to run their best race of the season at the region championships” Martin said.