Richfield has a long history of high-octane track performers.

This year's 2A cross country championships merely added to that history as the Wildcats racked up a second-place trophy to adorn the school's hallways.

The past two years saw Richfield snatch the first-place trophy and the region crown has stayed with Richfield six consecutive years.

"We can't feel too bad about being second," said Bryan Griffin, who has put in 16 years of coaching at the school. "We were beaten by a better team."

Richfield has also nailed down state track championships four out of the last five years with Griffin at the helm. All of which begs the question: Is it talent or training?

Griffin might say coaching (he didn't) but one wonders if it might be something in the water.

Considering second place to be an "off" year where the Wildcats had no superstar, the team consisted of six solid runners who might have — with a little better performance from its fourth and fifth runners — still managed a first-place finish.

"Those two places were the key," said Griffin, who isn't grieving over past history. "We'll be ready next year."

And with the seemingly endless supply of runners, he most likely will be.

Josh Monsen was the Wildcats' top runner, finishing in seventh place. Monsen confessed that basketball is his favorite sport, but he still finds time to train by running six miles every day. Right behind him was Dane Whittaker in eighth place. Both are juniors and will be back next year.

Three seniors who will not be back are Weston Prisbrey, Justin Chidester and Austin Anderson. Freshman Mike Barbre placed 15th overall and is eager to improve.

Griffin starts training early beginning about the middle of June. He said he tries to do hills about once a week, but like all the other small schools in the southern part of the state, there are no grassy hills to simulate Sugarhouse Park.

"We do have a big park to practice in," sighed Griffen.

Unfortunately, it is as flat as dragging Main Street all night long.

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