EVANSTON — The Evanston cross-country teams performed admirably at the Salt Lake City Invitational, racing on the Valley Regional Park course on Friday, Sept. 21.
The guys’ team placed sixth in a field of 18 teams comprised of 16 Utah squads along with the Green River Wolves, who finished 16th.
Bingham High School was the top team with a score of 85, followed by Riverton with a 91 and Corner Canyon High School rounding out the top three with a 97. Next came Utah high schools Cedar and Farmington with 117 and 127 team scores for fourth and fifth place, respectively, followed by the Red Devils with a 193. Evanston finished in front of Copper Hills, Olympus, Bountiful, West Jordan, Uintah, Jordan, Alta, Murray, Brighton, Green River, Wyoming, East and Taylorsville, with scores ranging from 204 to 544.
Medalists for Evanston included junior Dawson Crofts in sixth place, with a time of 15:20.1 for the 3-mile course, and senior Weston Wiley who placed eighth, clocking 15:24.1. Riverton, Utah’s Joey Nokes placed first and was the only runner to break 15 minutes with his time of 14:50.0 for individual first-place honors in a field of 124 runners. Sophomore Robert Gomez rounded out Evanston’s top three runners in 54th-place.
The Lady Red Devils also placed sixth in a field of 14 teams with a team score of 135. Bountiful High School was out on top in team scores for the varsity girls’ three-mile race with an 83, followed by Olympus, Riverton, Cedar and Bingham. Evanston placed ahead of Corner Canyon, Farmington, Copper Hills, Brighton, Alta, Murray, Uintah and West Jordan, with team scores ranging from 163 to 365.
Sophomore Heidi Barton medaled for the Lady Red Devils with a 13th-place finish and a time of 18:37.3 for the three-mile course. Seniors Reghan Worley and Breila Fuller finished in the 18th and 23rd slots, respectively, for Evanston.
The Evanston JV girls’ team also placed sixth in a field of 14 teams, with Lexi Demander showing the way in 20th place, followed by Victoria Lang in 22nd and Sydney Lyman in 24th.
The Evanston JV boys’ team placed eighth among 16 teams with Latham Chandler, Charles Winfield and Logan Driver as Evanston’s top-placers.
There was also a freshman-sophomore division, for which Evanston placed ninth out of 14 boys’ teams and did not post a girls’ team score.