The Lovell Mustangs ordered up some perfect late summer weather for their inaugural middle school invitational Thursday afternoon at the Foster Gulch Golf Course.
Host Lovell, Rocky Mountain, Powell and Cody attended the meet, with 38 girls and 32 boys competing.
Lovell had only four boys competing, but James Caldwell placed a strong fourth place with a time of 12:02, not far behind winner Colin Queen of Powell (11:37) and a pair of Cody runners. Kincaid Dickson finished 26th with a time of 16:44, Jacob Mangus 28th at 16:48 and Gabe Helm 30th at 18:03.
Richard Spann was the top finisher for the Rocky Mountain Grizzlies, placing 12th with a time of 14:14. Close behind him were teammates Zach Simmons in 14th (14:16) and Justin Dausman in 15th (14:17). Landon Stebner was 20th with a time of 15:14.
Other Rocky Mountain finishers included George Higgins (22nd, 16:03), Dawson May (23rd, 16:04), Dylan Escalante (25th, 16:40) and Aaron George (32nd, 23:21).
In the girls race, Lovell Mustang Lauren Mitchell battled Emma Karhu and finished just two seconds behind the Powell runner with a time of 14:07 to place fifth.
“For a two-mile race on that course that’s an excellent time,” Lovell coach Caleb Sanders said in naming Mitchell as the middle school runner of the week. “We feel good about our girls feeder program. I’m excited about the future of our girls program.”
Patti Sanders showed a strong kick to place eighth at 15:02, and Raeghan Wacker and Maddisun Steed finished just out of the top 10 at 11th and 12th, respectively, running times of 15:21 and 15:23. Sariah Hendershot placed 19th at 16:43.
Rocky Mountain’s lone runner, Elsie Wassmer, finished 25th with a time of 17:10, and Lovell’s Brooklyn Walker finished 31st at 18:20, Adaline Dickson 37th at 20:56 and Krystalyn Palmer 38th at 32:06.
The LMS runners will compete at the Sheridan Invitational this Saturday, and both squads will compete at the Foster Gulch Golf Course again on Monday, Sept. 21, when the Grizz host the Rocky Mountain Invitational for
middle school and high school teams. Action in Sheridan Saturday starts at 10 a.m. with the girls middle school race.
By David Peck