AFTON — Kaleigh Douglas started her high-school cross country career at Lyman in strong fashion when she took third at the state meet in 2014.
After taking seventh as a sophomore and missing the top-10 last season, Douglas is now looking to finish even stronger as a senior.
“I’ve improved a lot compared to last year,” said Douglas, who holds the second fastest cross country time in school history. “Our whole team has improved. We’ve just been getting better and better.”
Douglas is also healthy this year, something she could not say her junior year.
“I had a rough time,” she said. “I got some shin splints and I had been sick. I just had a rough season, but I’m coming back stronger than I ever was.”
Douglas took 15th on Thursday at the Braves Time Trial, a 1.8-mile race, at Star Valley View Golf Course in Afton.
The Lady Eagles finished fourth out of seven teams with 132 points. Soda Springs was first with 34, while Star Valley (44) and Jackson (56) rounded out the top-three teams.
Douglas led Lyman with a time of 12:46. Azlynn Beck (28th, 13.41), Shae Wilson (41st, 14:28), Nicole Deden (43rd, 14:33), and Kloe Rogers (59th, 16:43) made up the top-five runners for the Lady Eagles on Thursday.
Mountain View did not have enough runners to keep a team score, but Lady Buffalos coach Jim Dolezal was impressed with the effort of Emilee Benedict (20th, 12:59), Kenzy Kellum (27th, 13:33), and Adaria Meeks (30th, 13:49).
“I thought they did really well,” Dolezal said. “It’s a speed race for cross country kids. It’s a tougher course. There was a little bumping and shoving going on, but that’s part of the race.”
1. Soda 34
2. Star Valley 44
3. Jackson 56
4. Lyman 132
5. Bear River 142
6. Ben Lomond 148