By ELLEN GREGORY
For The Citizen
Turning in yet another stellar performance, the Preston girls’ cross country team out-paced rivals Century and Pocatello to claim top standing for the seventh straight time at this year’s District V meet, held at the Preston Golf Course on Thursday.
Coach Tyler Jones said, “It was an exciting day for the girls. They’ve been steady and consistent all year and on Thursday they really ran a great race. Caitlin Elgan ran her fastest time all year and Whitney Groll broke 20 minutes. Kylee Wakley wasn’t far behind. With Aunika Crowther and Tori Groll, we had our top five runners in the top nine positions. All 18 on our girl’s team improved their times and it’s a credit to them and to how hard they’ve worked this year.
“The girls have won district for seven years in a row now and I think that’s a motivation for them to keep working hard to maintain that streak.”
The Preston boys took second to Pocatello’s team and also qualified to race at the state meet, scheduled for this Saturday in Lewiston, Idaho, at Hells Gate State Park.
“Pocatello is obviously the big favorite in 4-A competition this year. They’re the team to chase,” said Jones. “Our boys raced really well. Cameron Dietrich held off two Century runners there at the end of the race. Kyle Dunn shaved off more than 30 seconds off his best time so far this year. Ryden Crowther is running consistently well and the rest of the guy’s pack is coming closer in time to him. This week, we had six guys under 18 minutes.”
In looking to the state meet, Jones said the Century girl’s team is also fast and has a good chance to take home a trophy next week.
“But we’re peaking at the right time. Hopefully our teams can continue to run great and we’ll be in the hunt.”
This story is sponsored by FCMC Dr. Patten Open House.
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