The Richfield High School cross-country team traveled to the Utah Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association meet in Spanish Fork Sept. 25.
“It was a really good day for all of the boys and we had a lot of personal and season bests,” said Jim Monsen, boys’ coach. “We did something a little different and broke the boys up into different races to see how they would match up racing against kids their own age.”
The freshmen/sophomore team won the meet against a lot of bigger schools as Richard Crane paced the way for Richfield in fourth with a time of 16:59.
Tyler Saunders came in seventh at 17:32. Cannon Anderson took eighth with a 17:33 time. Keenan Janke finished in 16th with an 18:25 time. Tyler Winters clocked in at 18:28 for 18th place and Caleb Matthews in 27th (19:02).
“In the JV race we had a lot of season bests and included Kyson Grant and Harrison Brown finishing in under 20 minutes,” Monsen said.
On the varsity side, Hayden Harward won the race in 15:57. Tyler Johnson came in 16th (16:41). Mason Solt finished in 31st (17:04) followed by Cody Rivers at 67th (18:28), Hunter Alger at 77th (19:08) and Spencer Christensen at 80th (19:27).
“I was really pleased with how well each of the boys attacked the race,” Monsen said. “We were a little more aggressive and not intimidated by the bigger schools. I think this race gave some great confidence to the boys heading into the last few races of the season.”
The Richfield girls followed the lead of Nora Foster, who led the pack on a mostly grass and flat course. Foster clocked a time of 20:30, which is a personal best.
“She got out aggressive and kept a very consistent pace throughout the race,” said coach Kirsten Barney. “She placed herself well and in a group that would pull her for an excellent time.
Jamie Holt was next in 23rd place with a 21:39 time. Next was a tight pack including Melissa Crane (23:30), Carli Begay (23:39) and Aspen Workman (23:43).
Hannah Steele ran the next fastest time on the team, but it was in the freshman/sophomore race and she placed in 17th place. Karlee Thomas had the next fastest time and finished off Richfield’s top seven at the race.
“We got a lot of excellent times on the course,” Barney said. “A lot of personal bests which are always fun to get and see improvement.”