EVANSTON — The Evanston cross-country teams opened the season in Roy, Utah, in the Royal Run and fared quite well, with both teams finishing middle of the pack against some high-caliber Utah teams. Coach Ryan Berger was pleased with his Lady Red Devil and Red Devil teams.
“I was very proud of our kids. This is a great race to begin our season and we faced some awesome competition, as we expected we would,” Berger told the Herald.
“I’m not making any excuses, but this was our first time out and most of the teams we faced have one or two meets under their belt,” Berger said.
“We’ve gone down to that meet when it was staged toward the end of the season and actually won it. It’s all a process, I tell our kids. It’s getting that feel for competition,” he added.
The coach appreciates the level of competition and the proximity of racing against Utah schools and even into nearby parts of Idaho.
“It’s nice having the Wasatch Front so close. It’s a quicker trip for us than racing most anywhere in Wyoming and the level of competition we face in Utah and Idaho will only make us better,” Berger said.
The cross-country teams are Soda Springs, Idaho-bound this Saturday.
“Soda Springs will be an even bigger meet than Roy with a lot more teams taking part. It will be a 5K or 3.1 mile race on a fast course and we’re gearing up for it. We’re in good shape and it’s going to be fun,” Berger said.