GCHS cross country teams to compete in first race of season at Aug. 21 Highland Invitational
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GCHS freshmen (from left) Ariahna Groesbeck, Kaylan Young, Brooklin Hugentobler and Alexa Pierce run along Mill Creek Parkway during a recent early morning cross country team practice.                                                                                  Photo by Randy Martin
GCHS freshmen (from left) Ariahna Groesbeck, Kaylan Young, Brooklin Hugentobler and Alexa Pierce run along Mill Creek Parkway during a recent early morning cross country team practice. Photo by Randy Martin
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The Grand County High School Red Devil cross country team officially began practice on Aug. 6 in preparation in what should be a “challenging and productive season for all distance runners,” head coach Randy Martin said.

Overall, the Red Devil team is “a young group of runners, with a few very talented seniors and underclassman,” according to Martin. He will be assisted this season by coaches Rodney Kopish and Trish Hedin.

“I’ve been extremely impressed by the efforts put out by our returning upperclassman. They are great role models for our developing underclassman,” said coach Hedin. “I look forward to watching the season progress and observe each runner become the athlete that they want to be.”

Practices throughout the week so far have begun at first light. The dedicated runners train with a diversity of workouts ranging from long, hard steady runs, combined with steep hill work and speed work.

“Our goal is to not only build the overall condition of each runner, but to also improve their speed and stamina in preparation for the three miles required during competitive meets,” Hedin said.

This year’s boys’ team is led by seniors and co-captains Andrew Hugentobler and Mason Tranter.

“Both of these runners are extremely talented and we look forward to their leadership throughout the season,” Hedin said.

Other members of the team include freshman Ryan Lewis and Ryan Reed, along with a contingency of sophomores that includes Ethan Clark, Aaron Hawks, Alan Snow, Sydney Shumway, Tyrese Stash, Cameron Wakefield and McKay Wakefield.

The girl’s team is led by a young captain, Jayelen Knowles.

“She is a wonderful leader for our girls’ team because she exudes the qualities that make a great runner; talent and grit,” Hedin said.

Freshman Kaylan Young, sophomores Ariahna Groesbeck and Alexa Pierce and juniors Lauren Drake and Sadie Bowen round out the girls team.

“Our hopes are that through hard work and strong leadership we will return to the State Meet with a powerful team,” Hedin said.

The team’s first race is Thursday, Aug. 21 in Salt Lake City at the Highland Invitational. After that, the team will host the Red Rock Invitational on Aug. 27 at the Moab Golf Club.

Additional meets will include races in Monticello, Castle Dale, Grand Junction and Blanding. The regional championship meet will be held in Moab on Oct. 14 and the state championship will conclude the season in Salt Lake City on Oct. 22.


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