Each December, the Springville Red Devil Cross Country team packs up and heads out to Walnut, California, for the Footlocker Cross Country West Regional. This well-known race draws runners from all over the western United States who come to compete in one of the most competitive and prestigious cross country meets in the nation. The meet is actually separated into twelve races, as runners are split into different races based on their grade and gender, but all run on the same 5k course.
This year, the Red Devils represented Springville well with their excellent performances in the race. In the boy’s freshman/sophomore race, Ty Shields ran 18:42 and placed 54th out of over 300 runners, with Tyler Ercanbrack just behind him in 58th place and Tyler Baker also in race. The boy’s junior race had Matt Brown who came in 133rd out of 259, and Daniel Jones not far behind. Andy Shields and Mark Israelsen both raced in the senior race, with Shields finishing in 17:26, 24th out of 214 runners, and Israelsen coming in 76th place.
The Red Devils also had Joseph Christensen in the seeded race, which is the top race and determines who will go to the national competition. Christensen finished in 17:06, and came in 92nd place against some of the fastest runners in nation.
On the girls’ side, Alyssa Payne came in 126th out of 208 in the freshman/sophomore girls’ race, with Hannah Nelson and Katelyn Boyer close behind. In the girls’ junior race, Hannah Lutz ran 21:15 and came in 23rd out of 176 runners with Bri Barnes finishing in 94th place, with Jennifer Luther and Erin Bailey not far behind. The girls’ senior race included Libby Jensen and Danielle Bodily, with Jensen placing 70th out of 134 girls. Way to go Red Devils!