Riley Smith battled 97-degree heat and the field and beat them both to win Saturday at the Buffalo Invite.

She also helped lead the Fillies to a second-place finish, 19 points behind Sheridan and five ahead of Buffalo. The Broncs also placed second to Sheridan by 56 points and were 17 ahead of Riverton on a day dominated by the weather.

“It was hot,” coach Maggie Kirkham said.

Smith said the key was staying hydrated.

“It was very warm, so I was proud of the team for pushing through and giving it their all,” she said.

Smith crossed the line in 19:51.39, 30 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. Two other Fillies also placed in the top-10, Ashton Powell in sixth (22:17.46) and Ava Stafford in eighth (22:37.17). 

Other girls finishers were Nicole Wagler in 14th (23:02.67), Keira Jackson 22nd (24:43.44), Sierra Vogt 33rd (27:26.35), Ellie Osborne 34th (27:50.95) and Raelyn Mong 37th (28:49.78).

The Broncs were led by Wyatt Becker in sixth (18:11.64). David Juergens also slipped into the top 10 with a ninth place finish (18:34.34).

“I though that I did well, although I started out too strong,” Juergens said. “Sheridan has great runners, so I tried to hang with them for as long as I could. I ended up being right with them for the first mile and then eased into my own pace.”

Then, he said the heat, brutal for everyone, caught up with him.

Other Cody runners were Riley Nielson 12th (19:12.27), Charlie Hulbert 21st (19:51.78), Kyle Graham 23rd (20:38.96), Ian Graham 25th (20:54.22), Hayden Campbell 29th (21:33.90). Marshall Brookins and Noah Vogt finished outside the top 30, Brookins in 23:04.45 and Vogt in 23:09.75.

Cody runners are in Riverton on Wednesday afternoon for the Riverton Invite.


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