The Rim Country Middle School cross country teams found themselves taking a back seat to the Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets as they cruised down Main Street in the annual Sawmill Mile.
The middle school/junior high run preceded the high school Sludge to the Judge competition and the homecoming parade Sept. 24.
In the boys' competition, the Yellow Jackets claimed top honors with 28 points. Payson (46) was second and Whiteriver Canyon Day (56) was third.
Among the girls, Blue Ridge (24) again was first, the Mavericks (48) second and Canyon Day (54) trailed.
For the Mavericks, Jeff Sokol ran to second place in one of the closest finishes ever witnessed at a cross country event. The winner, Asaiah Lavender of Canyon Day, was timed in 6:12.41. Sokol's runner-up clocking was 6:12.79.
RCMS's Josh Frewin finished eighth in 6:47.52.
Other Mavs in the hunt for cross country honors were Clayton Duhammel (9th; 6:47.52), Jimmy Behrens (11th; 7:00.39), Paul Utz (18th; 8:01.94), David Knauer (21st; 8:34.85), Erik Stradling (25th; 9:07.30) and Jacob Cluff (26th; 9:14.08). A field of 27 runners participated.
For the Lady Mavs, Ashton Wolf paced RCMS turning in a third-place finish in the field of 29 runners. Wolf was timed at 7:02.09.
The winning runner, Blue Ridge's Jessica Rydberg, was clocked in 6:39.83.
Also representing RCMS were Marquel Waterman (9th; 7:58.29), Rebecca Branstetter (10th; 8:00.09), Cheyanne Cherry (12th; 8:08.40), Lucy Schouten (14th; 8:29.93), Lauren Nossek (17th; 8:40.68), Jordan Klabbatz (18th; 8:42.73), Marissa Littlefield 19th (8:43.49), Emma Nelson (22nd; 8:49.13) and Molly Patel (23rd; 8:50.45).