Ruth Gale

Wells senior Ruth Gale climbs a hill portion Friday during the Wood River Invite in Sun Valley, Idaho. Gale placed fourth overall and the Lady Leopards won the varsity girls team title.

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SUN VALLEY, Idaho – Wells cross country coach Don Noorda did not have to wait very long for his varsity girls team to win a meet.

In their second event of the season, the Lady Leopards took home the varsity crown Friday in the Wood River Invite at Sagewillow Athletic Center in Sun Valley.

Wells finished with 15 points, led by seniors Ruth Gale and Liberty Johnson.

Gale placed fourth overall with a time of 23:32.96, followed in fifth place by Johnson in 23:44.23.

Sophomore Vanessa Solis, a newcomer to cross country but a track and field athlete, took 17th with a personal record in 27:42.7.

Senior Camberlin Uhlig crossed the line in 22nd with a time of 29:07.37, and junior Laila Jackson’s time of 30:46.32 ranked 23rd.

The Wells boys took third place in the junior varsity race with a total of 62 points.

Sophomore Matthew James headed the attack with a second-place finish, crossing the line in 22:51.8.

Fellow 10th-grader Brent Battenfeld took 12th with a time of 25:15.66, and sophomore Logan Ballard ranked 21st in 27:38.38.

Hyrum Johnson crossed 25th in 29:40.43, and freshman Robert Vallejo set a personal record of 35:58.61 to round out the roster in 30th place.

In the 15-girl junior varsity field, the Lady Leopards crossed four-consecutive freshmen in the eighth through 11th positions.

Freshman Liliana Cobian placed eighth in 32:17.43, followed in ninth by a personal record of 33:01.64 from freshman Ana Roque-Luna.

Freshman McKenli Myers rounded out the top 10 with a time of 34:16.09, and ninth-grader Holly Pearson took 11th in 35:47.31.

Wells will attempt to set new records for its runners Thursday at the Magic Mountain Invitational in Kimberly, Idaho.

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