Oct 9, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorRHS was scheduled to participate in the Thermopolis Invitational last week, but the meet was scratched because of the bad weather.
The pace is about to pick up for the Riverton Wolverines cross country teams.
After dealing with tough weather conditions last week, the Wolverines close out the regular season Thursday at the Powell Invitational.
RHS was scheduled to participate in the Thermopolis Invitational last week, but the meet was scratched because of the bad weather.
"I think the atmosphere is pretty good, but we are in need of some competition because it has been a week and a half," RHS coach Jay Dayton said. "Each competition we have, we gain more confidence as we go."
Riverton last competed in a meet on Monday, Sept. 30, at the Berry Bryant/Kyle Johnson Memorial cross country meet at the Wind River Golf Course.
Wyoming Indian, Lander and RHS were the only teams at the meet.
"We are having a really good season," Dayton said. "We are seeing some good improvement out of all of our runners."
Despite battling the weather, the Wolverines have kept their weekly training the same.
The RHS runners work on hills on Monday. Tuesday, the runners do things around Jaycee Park. Wednesday is a long run for the athletes, and Thursday is preparation day for the meet.
"We are trying to peak for the last two weeks of the season," Dayton said.
Riverton's Dustin Blackburn has leaped into the No. 1 position on the boys team.
Blackburn was near the front of the pack in the Riverton race and at the Lander Invitational.
"Dustin is doing a really nice job," Dayton said. "He is looking really good in practice."
Dayton has a goal for Blackburn to be in the low 18-minute range on a 3-1 mile course.
"Dustin is always excited to run," Dayton said. "He is excited to compete."
After Blackburn is Ben Zoller.
"Ben is starting to turn things on right now," Dayton said. "He has been working a lot harder. I think that is really going to show in our next meet."
Gavin Settlemire has been making his move on the junior varsity level.
"He is running some pretty good times," Dayton said. "He is going to push some of the varsity times."
Olivia Thompson is the No.1 runner for the girls team.
"Olivia is looking really strong right now," Dayton said. "She had a stellar practice on Tuesday. She is just getting faster and faster."
Tina Lopez is in the No. 2 slot.
"Tina is still kind of learning a little bit," Dayton said.
Bailey Broadbent, Jillian C'Bearing and Trinity Goggles round out the girls team.
"Bailey is really starting to turn things on right now," Dayton said. "Jillian is starting to get back into the thick of things."
The Wolverines will compete on Thursday with mainly Class 3-A programs in the Powell race.
"We are doing the Powell race so we can get some competition in early this week and be back for the Homecoming activities," Dayton said.
The Class 4-A West conference meet is Friday, Oct. 18, in Green River on the golf course.
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