Cross country teams place second, third at Richfield
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GCHS junior Adam Jenkinson sprints to the finish line at the Richfield Invitational. The Red Devil boys team placed second at the event while the girls team took third place overall. Courtesy photo
GCHS junior Adam Jenkinson sprints to the finish line at the Richfield Invitational. The Red Devil boys team placed second at the event while the girls team took third place overall. Courtesy photo
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The Grand County High School girl’s and boy’s cross country teams took second and third place, respectively, among five teams at the Richfield Invitational cross country meet on Wednesday Sept. 5.

Leading the way for the girl’s team was junior Mercedes James. James finished second overall out of a field of 39 runners, with a time of 21:12. Junior Jessica Stucki finished in 13th place with a time of 24:18; sophomore Zhanna Rice finished 14th with a time of 24:59; junior Alena Geiser finished 16th with a time of 25:11; and senior Mary Rice finished 23rd with a time of 26:06.

Also competing for the Lady Red Devils were freshman Annie Heywood who crossed the finish line with a time of 27:23; junior Sierra Indergard with a time of 27:48 and sophomore Marisol Pesce with a time of 28:13.

“The course in Richfield is a very challenging course for our runners with many difficult hills to run up and down in the heat with the sun beating down on them,” coach Randy Martin said. “However, it was a great experience running this course early in the season as we will be running it again in October as Richfield hosts the region meet.”

Martin said the team will be running hills every week to prepare for running that course again at the region meet.

On the boy’s side, junior Treyton Helquist finished fifth overall out of a field of 75 runners, with a time of 17:46. Finishing right behind Helquist, in sixth place, junior Jackson Knowles logged a time of 17:49. Junior Joseph Andrew finished 11th with a time of 18:49.

Junior Adam Jenkinson finished 29th with a time of 20:12; junior Skyler Johnson finished 38th with a time of 21:07; freshman Samuel Hansen finished 41st with a time of 21:19; and junior Brendon Henderson finished 51st with a time of 21:48.

“Our top seven boy runners all ran very good races,” coach Martin said. “Almost all of the boys either matched or improved their times from last weeks meet in Salt Lake City which at this early part of the season is exactly what we are looking for. In particular, we saw solid improvement in the times for Jackson, Joseph and Brendon from last week to this week.”

Also competing for the Red Devils were junior Liam Kelley with a time of 22:14; junior Jeremy McDougall with a time of 24:01; freshman Cody Jones with at time of 24:07; junior Reyce Knutson with a time of 25:46; and sophomore Mikeal Ford with a time of 25:48.

“Our runners are all working very hard every day in practice running miles and miles,” Martin said. “It is good to see their hard work paying off with improved individual times and great team results.”

The Red Devils next meet is the BYU Autumn Classic held on the campus of Brigham Young University in Provo on Saturday Sept. 15.

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