The Broncs cross-country teams traveled to Idaho last Thursday to take a crack at a stacked field at the Bob Conley Invitational.
On the boys side Jackson ended sixth as a team, with the girls coming up 10th overall.
Ben Williams was the top Jackson boys runner, placing 10th in 16 minutes, 19 seconds. Kade Hatten and Mason Wheeler finished 16th and 17th, respectively.
“The varsity boys across the team didn’t have the greatest races,” head coach Jeff Brazil said. “We’re in a heavy training cycle so I tried to give them an extra day to recover, but it wasn’t enough.”
It was a similar situation on the girls side, which had Sienna Taylor leading the way in 10th at 19:30. Muriel Jones was 15th at 19:40, followed by Parker Smith at 19:46.
“We’re still waiting to get the girls team together,” Brazil said. “I think as far as being competitive we’re three deep on both teams, but it will bite us if our four and five (runners) don’t step up.”
The result wasn’t what the team hoped, but they can take some solace in the fact they’re far enough away from the state meet still, which is when top performances matter and a solid one through five lineup is paramount if they’re going to contend for a state title.
The Broncs will travel Friday to Rock Springs, though they’ll mostly be racing just the junior varsity team. A positive note on the girls side is Jacie Chatham returning from an injury this week in an effort to shake any cobwebs ahead of the conference meet Oct. 18 in Casper.