STAR VALLEY — The Valley high school cross country teams, through grit and determination, raced in Star Valley during a cold blustery day that most likely impaired some of the times,
On-lookers, wrapped in hooded parkas and blankets stayed on the lines during the state meet, yelling for their favorite runners. An athletic event, which takes a lot of endurance, also became a race in which the runners were challenged by the elements. But Valley runners laced their shoes, buckled down, stripped down to their uniforms and challenged the weather to stop them turning in good times to make their schools and fans proud.
According to MVHS head coach Isaac Kiefer, last Saturday, Oct. 26, “Cross Country ended with a bang at the state championship in Star Valley today. The boys finished in third place and the girls finished in sixth. Travis Harmon finished second, and Katie Giorgis finished seventh, both runners earned All State honors finishing just behind nationally ranked runners. These athletes have been training since June,” and it was great to see the entire teams effort pay off today.”
Also, both runners did exceptionally well at the conference regionals in Lander the week before. Giorgis, racing for her first year, took the championship for the girls and Harmon was second in the boys division following Star Valley’s Peter Visser, who also took the championship at the conference regionals.
LHS runners also impressed at the state meet in Star Valley. The girls team took seventh place, just under Mountain View, edging out the bottom seven teams. Elena Jensen, a junior, turned in the fastest time for the Lady Eagles and took 13th. Jensen has impressed through the season and earned points for the Lady Eagles. In fact, she was considered a runner to watch by the Casper Star-Tribune prior to the season’s start.
As for the LHS boys team, they took fourth place just under Mountain View, beating out the bottom 10 teams. Jesse Fanos continued to impress for the Lyman Eagles as he turned in the second fastest time for Valley runners in the boys division and the fastest time for the LHS team. Fanos cornered ninth place, about 2-seconds off of eighth place. In addition, Fanos earned All-State honors in cross country.