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Sugar-Salem's Cross Country team participated in the Annual Bob Conley Invite at the Portneuf Wellness Complex in Pocatello Thursday.

Due to the large size of the event the races were divided into A and B divisions (A = 4A and 5A schools with B = 1A, 2A, and 3A schools).

The morning started out amazing, with our Freshman girl, Rebecca Galbraith running a very smart race by taking the lead with a half mile to go and crushing it into the finish for 1st place! But even better was the JV girls’ efforts as a whole in the race. We had five in the top ten. Because a few teams didn’t have five girls run, we came out with a perfect score!

Our JV boys were equally impressive being led by Junior, Axel Copley. Coming in second overall Copley was able to lead our pack of boys to a score of 20 points, putting us into first place. Senior Tanner Dupree came in 3rd, followed by Sophomore Porter Holt in 4th, Senior Sam Peterson in 5th and sophomore Haden Grover in 6th! The times these boys put down today would have also allowed them to take first place in the JV Division A, beating the 4 and 5A schools. The depth our team has on the boys side has pushed everyone on the team to be better!

Our varsity girls came in 3rd place, two points behind Soda Springs and four points behind Raft River. With four points separating 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams you can tell it was a competitive race. Three of our girls received medals by placing in the top twenty! They really put their heart on the course today!

Our Varsity Boys came in 2nd place behind Salmon High school, they have been really tough this year for us! The standouts for us in this race were our Mason’s. Freshman, Mason Smith, who is usually our 4, 5, or 6 runner came in second on our team with the fastest freshman time Sugar has ever seen on this course (we keep school records of all the places we race out; we have top 10-20 overall times, and we also have the top ten in each grade run at every course). Smith was followed closely behind by Junior, Mason Lewis! These two young men are so fun to watch and two of the most humble and respectable kids you can find.

As far as times go, the race wasn’t every fast today with marshy areas along the way. However, even with this we had 8 athletes come away with Personal Record Times.

Sugar-Salem's next meet is the Preston invitational on Wednesday, their last meet before the district races on October 21.