Red Devil runners dominate at home

Bella Welch crosses the finish line in ninth place. Photo by Anthony Militano

The Grand County varsity cross-country team ran away with the Red Rocks Invitational Tournament on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the Moab Golf Course. The girls team took first place with four finishers in the top 10. The boys team locked in second place and had three finishers in the top 10.

Thirteen schools from Utah and Colorado with athletes in grades 6 through 12 participated in the tournament.

Evan Ellison took first place for the boys in 16:17.9. “Evan Ellison, I am super proud of that young man,” coach Randy Martin said. “It’s his senior year, he’s won a number of races over his career, but he’s never won a home meet. And for him to come out his senior year and win his home meet, I’m just proud and happy for him.”

Malachi Ricks took third place for the boys with 16:33.0. Arthur Hawks landed in ninth place at 17:32.8.

Four members of the Grand County High girls cross-country team finished the race in the top 10. Photo courtesy of Barry Ellison

Kylah Ricks zoomed into first place for the Lady Red Devils in 18:54.4 – 90 seconds faster than the second place finisher from Monticello.

Anika Scherer took third place for the Grand County girls with 20:38.7, roughly 38 seconds better than fourth place.

Senior Jessie Anderson came in seventh with 22:50.5. Bella Welch placed ninth for the Lady Devils at 23:01.5.

“Bella Welch has worked her tail off since track and field ended in June. We’ve been training since June and she came out here and finished ninth … outstanding, just outstanding,” said Martin. “Anika Scherer with a third place finish, I am proud of that young lady. Her first meet of the year, she comes in third, she’s an outstanding athlete. Good meet. The teams worked really, really hard … and they deserve the awards they got today.”

The Grand County Middle School Thunderbirds also participated in the meet. Connor Swasey placed 12th with 11:24.2 in the boys junior high division.

BYU Autumn Classic

The Red Devils varsity squad was back in action on Saturday, Sept. 14 at the BYU Autumn Classic, in Provo.

Kylah Ricks took 17th place out of 260 competitors in the varsity girls 5K with a time of 19:24.7.

Malachi Ricks placed 29th overall in the boys 5K with a run time of 16:33.2. Ellison landed in the 61st spot in 16:58.3 in the boys 5K; Ricks and Ellison competed against over 300 runners.

The Grand County cross country team was scheduled to attend the Carbon Invite at the Carbon County Club on Wednesday, Sept. 17, after The Times-Independent went to press.