RHS girls, Lander boys both second at Ethete XC

Sep 15, 2013 By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

ETHETE -- The Riverton Wolverines and the Lander Valley High School Tigers did some good things Friday at the Wyoming Indian Invitational in Ethete.

Olivia Thompson had the highest finish for the Wolverines, coming in fourth in the girls division. Thompson was clocked in a time of 22:02.

"We performed well on Friday after a good, hard week of practice," RHS coach Jay Dayton said. "They were a little bit tired. They were struggling a little bit out there. Our times would have been a little bit quicker."

Jillian C'Bearing performed for the first time this season for the Wolverines and was 13th in a time of 25:55.

"It was really nice to have Jillian back in the field," Dayton said. "She is not running her best race yet, but we are easing her into things right now. We had her run it for a workout. We didn't want to overdue it. There are good things to come with Jillian."

Dustin Blackburn finished 10th for the Wolverines in a time of 19:04. Blackburn was at St. Stephen's last year.

"Dustin does a good job for us," Dayton said. "He works hard. We are looking at good things coming out of him."

The first race for Blackburn was a couple of weeks ago at the Green River Invitational.

"He got out a little too quick in Green River and paid the price latter on," Dayton said. "He was smarter on Friday. He ran a better race. I was happy with the boys performance."


Lander's Micah Whiting battled for the top spot in the boys division for most of the 3.1-mile course.

"The kids times are getting better," Lander coach Kevin Green said. "That is all we are worried about right now. We will taper them around conference time and get them ready for state. As long as they are getting better, that is what we want to see."

Whiting was third in a time of 18:10. Teammate Drew Gramlich crossed the finish line sixth in 18:33.

Tristan Herr came in 11th (19:10) to round out the top placers for Lander.

"We put the Wyoming Indian meet in there because there is not a lot happening right now," Green said. "Our team parents could come watch us run, and it was close to home."

Practice started for the Tigers on Aug. 19.

Team standings

The Wyoming Indian girls took the team title. Riverton placed second and Evanston ended third.

In the boys team standings, Evanston finished first. Lander ended up second. Riverton came in third, and Wyoming Indian fourth.

Riverton, LVHS, Wyoming Indian will all take part Thursday at the Lander Invitational.

The meet will be held at the Lander Golf Course.

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