ROCK SPRINGS — The Evanston High School boys’ and girls’ cross country teams have not reached their peak yet.
But the Red Devils and Lady Red Devils are on their way as the conference meet begins Oct. 13 in Jackson and state begins Oct. 21 at Sheridan.
“We call it the championship time of the season,” head coach Ryan Berger said. “You don’t want to peak yet, but we’re working really hard. We had a tough week of practice, and I’m very pleased with how we are practicing right now.”
That hard work is paying off.
The Evanston boys took first place with 31 points after placing five runners in the top 11 on Friday at the Rock Springs Invitational.
Red Devils’ sophomore Dawson Crofts won the race in 16:57 while Weston Wiley was fourth at 17:30. Tyrell Halladay (6th, 18:03), Bradshaw Haackk (9th, 18:10.00) and Garrett Berger (11th, 18.22) rounded out the top-five runners on the boys side.
“It was really, really windy,” Berger said. “We didn’t focus as much on times. We really focused on placing and positioning to help the team win.”
The Lady Red Devils came in second after placing eight runners in the top eight.
Brittany Barton led the way with a fourth-place finish, while Reghan Worley was close behind in fourth. Heidi Barton, Quetzalli Penaloza, Micah Harvey, Hadley Gebs, Lilly Williams and Rachel Haack all placed in the top 20.