Cross-country teams race to victory in Evanston Invitational

Junior Dawson Crofts and senior Weston Wiley in first and second place, respectively, running by a water hazard on the Purple Sage Golf Course, the site of the Evanston Invitational cross-country meet on Friday, Sept. 28. The duo basically led wire-to-wire in leading their team to victory, placing first and second. The XC teams will compete in Star Valley tomorrow, Oct. 3. (HERALD PHOTO/Mark Madia)

EVANSTON — The Red Devil and Lady Red Devil cross-country teams took care of business in the Evanston Invitational meet, with both teams placing first in team scores. 

The Lady Red Devils won with a score of 20. Lander followed in the second slot with a team score of 37, followed by Lyman in third place, with an 82.

Individually, Evanston notched the top-two finishes with Heidi Barton and Regan Worley placing first and second, respectively. Lilly Williams and Quetzalli Penaloza placed fourth and fifth with Katy Saxton and Rachael Haack also cracking the top-ten, finishing in the eighth and ninth positions. Barton’s winning time for the 5K race was 19:21.11, besting teammate Worley’s 20:21.86 runner-up clocking.

Emma Beck posted the Lyman Lady Eagles’ best time of 22:56.67, good for 12th place overall, with Kay Sandall of Lander placing third for her team’s best run of 20:54.21.

Evanston’s duo of junior Dawson Crofts and senior Weston Wiley have been Evanston’s main weapons throughout the season and Friday’s race was no exception for the Red Devil boys’ team. Crofts and Wiley set the pace, leading from start to finish, at the Evanston Invitational staged on the Purple Sage Golf Course. Crofts won the meet with a time of 16:32.76, followed by Wiley who came in at 16:41.51. Lander’s Kaleb Simon was third with a time of 17:01.10, to lead the Tigers’ charge. Dallon Cardon of Evanston ended in fourth place with a 17:25.07 time.

Jesse Fanos placed fifth with a 17:41.54 time to lead the Lyman Eagles.

Evanston’s winning team score was 22, followed by Lander with a 43. Lyman placed third with a 75. 

Logan Hunt, Bradshaw Haack and Robert Gomez also finished in the top-ten for the race, placing seventh, eighth and ninth, respectively, for Evanston.

Both EHS teams will compete in Star Valley tomorrow, Oct. 3, in what could be the final tune-up before the regional meet in Rock Springs on Oct. 12 and the state meet in Sheridan on Saturday, Oct. 20.

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