Distance runners perform well in Blanding

Ricks places 2nd out of 178 runners in Park City

Members of the boys and girls cross country teams run in Blanding Sept. 25. Photo by Barry Ellison

The Grand County cross-country team had more than a good showing at the 2019 John Thornton Invitational on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at San Juan High School, in Blanding.

Thirteen schools from Colorado and Utah with students in sixth through 12th grades participated in the meet.

Arthur Hawks secured third place in the varsity boys 5K race in a time of 19:38.3. Evan Ellison took the 10th spot in 21:01.7, Patrick Johnson took 11th place in 21:42.9, and Jonathan Martineau landed in the 15th spot in the 5K in 22:09.5.

Third place for the girls varsity 5K went to Jessie Anderson with a 23:46.3 run time. Lorena Johnson took 14th with 27:28.9. Bella Welch was right behind her in 15th place in 27:29.4.

Grand County Middle School was represented by Connor Swasey and he placed 21st in the boys junior high 1.6-mile race with a time of 13:15.1. Lane Peterson, also a GCMS Thunderbird, took the 25th position in 13:27.6. Michael Thompson landed in the 26th spot with 13:29.3.

The cross-country team attended the Park City Invitational on Friday, Sept. 27 and competed in the afternoon events. Over 32 schools from Utah and Wyoming, two running clubs and a few unattached runners participated in the meet.

Kylah Ricks took second overall for the Lady Red Devils in the varsity girls three-mile race with a run time of 18:15.4. Ricks competed against 177 other runners.

Evan Ellison locked in the 15th spot in the varsity boys three-mile contest in 15:54.6; Malachi Ricks landed in the 20th spot in that race with 15:57.8.