Red Devil head coach Randy Martin said it was one of the biggest races of the year for his team.
“The BYU Autumn Classic is one of the largest meets in the state with not only the best runners in the state but the best runners in the nation competing,” Martin said.
Sophomore Evan Ellison ran a 16:24, an all-time personal best, and finished 2nd overall out of 402 runners in the freshman-sophomore race.
“Evan proved once again that he is one of the absolute best runners in the state in his class (sophomore) and age group,” Martin said. “He ran an amazing race.”
Freshman Kylah Ricks ran an 18:41; an all-time personal best, and finished 35th out of 286 varsity runners, breaking her school record in the process.
“Even though Kylah is a freshman, we thought she had the talent and the mental toughness to compete in the girls’ varsity race, running against the best runners in the state of Utah,” Martin said. “She ran a great race and proved that she belonged in that race competing with the best.”
“This meet had six separate races from freshman races to elite varsity races,” Martin added. “The coaches and I discussed a strategy for this meet and determined that rather than put all our team members in a varsity race to get a team score; we would enter them in races where they had the best chance to compete. This strategy worked well; we did not have team scores but individually our team members almost all set personal bests.”
The team’s next meet is at the Carbon Invitational in Price on Wednesday, Sept. 20. “This meet will be a big test for our team as we compete against some of the best teams in 3A at this meet,” Martin said.