OREM, Utah – Sept. 13 – Southern Utah’s B-squads took part in some in-state competition on Friday, racing against teams from the University of Wyoming, Utah State and Utah Valley at a Wolverine-hosted invitational. The men’s squad finished third in the 6k with 60 points, while the women finished fourth in the 5k with 75 points.
Junior Anthony Brown led the men for the second consecutive meet this season, recording a sixth-place time of 18:40.2. Brown also finished first for the Thunderbirds at the Idaho State Invitational two weeks ago, taking the individual title with a 6k time of 19:15.0. Ibrahim Ahmed followed closely behind at UVU, recording an eighth-place time of 18:43.0, while John Hart (18:55.8), Skylar Riggs (18:56.1) and Josh Gardner (19:05.6) tallied the rest of the squad’s points with 14th-, 15th- and 17th-place respective finishes.
“To have only 25 seconds between our first and fifth man on our B-squad is very exciting to see,” head coach Eric Houle said. “It really shows how competitive our sixth and seventh runners will be as the season progresses.”
A couple of new faces led the women’s squad as freshmen Rachel Stone and Morgan Vorwaller recorded the first two team finishes in the 5k. Stone placed 11th overall with a time of 19:00.4, while Vorwaller’s time of 19:06.2 put her in 14th place. Aubrey Bryson (19:07.2) and Kaylee Boyer (19:13.7) crossed the finish line next for the T-Birds, placing 17th and 19th respectively, while Lakyn Miller (19:17.2) rounded out the women’s score with a 22nd-place finish.
“This really was a perfect race for the women,” Houle continued. “Rachel showed a lot of guts and Morgan is progressing very nicely as well. Our focus was to give everyone a shot to race and to see who could be our sixth and seventh runners and, for as young as these women are, they faired very well.”
Wyoming took home first-place finishes in both races, earning 31 points on the men’s side and 40 on the women’s, while the hosting Wolverines took close seconds with 34 points for the men and 44 for the women. The Thunderbirds out-raced Utah State (102) on the men’s side, but fell to the Aggie women’s third-place score of 51.
This weekend of competition is not over for the Thunderbirds as the A-squad is set to compete in the UC Riverside Invitational on Saturday morning. The meet is slated to begin at 7:30 a.m. PT and will take place at the Ag/Ops Golf Course in Riverside, Calif.