Lowry's Taylor Hawkins (left), Jovi Kuskie (middle) and Ryleigh Raabe warm up prior to the race.
Lowry's Taylor Hawkins (left), Jovi Kuskie (middle) and Ryleigh Raabe warm up prior to the race.
It was a much-different feeling to this year’s Lowry High School cross country home meet. 

The event is usually set for mid-October with hundreds of young elementary, middle school, and junior high runners before the main event, which features a handful of high schools.

Due to COVID-19 and the change in the NIAA schedule, Lowry hosted its meet on Tuesday, March 30, with Elko, Spring Creek and Churchill County joining them.

Spring Creek (16 points) and Elko (47) finished first and second in the team in standings in the girls race, as reigning 3A state champion, Kendra Lusk won the race at 19 minutes, 5 seconds. Lowry’s Jovi Kuskie — who finished second at the 2019 3A state championships — was the runner-up at 19:39.

Spring Creek’s Grace Florence (21:07), Kiely Munson (21:33) and Emma Campbell (21:59.44) rounded out the top five.

Elko’s Reese Hatch (21:59.73) was sixth and Spring Creek’s Brianna Perchetti was eighth with a time of 22:02. 

Lowry sophomore Ryleigh Raabe placed eighth in a time of 29:04 for the Lady Bucks and teammate and fellow sophomore Taylor Hawkins was 16th at 27:45.

On the boys side, senior Lowry’s Jeremy Walker was seventh overall with a time of 18:43.

Elko’s Isaiah Dahl ran away with the individual race at 16:49. Spring Creek’s Liam Hamilton was second at 17:45 and Spring Creek’s Conner Gage (18:21.56) and Elko’s Noah Haase (18:21.73) were third and fourth, respectively. Spring Creek’s Joel Herman rounded out the top five at 18:34.

Lowry junior Tyler Morrison was 17th in a time of 19:36 and sophomore Ivan Lara finished inside the top-20 in 19th with a time of 19:48.

Sophomore Kaid Sanchez finished 23rd at 20:48 and freshman Austin Formby was one spot back in 24th with a time of 20:51.

Christopher McGuire placed 32nd at 22:49 and Erick Prado (23:49) and John Boyle (24:00) rounded out the Buckaroo finishes.

Spring Creek won the team title with 25 points, Elko was second at 39 and Lowry (72) was third.

Lowry’s meet set for Tuesday, April 6, in Dayton was canceled. The Buckaroos close out the season on Saturday at the Northern 3A regional championships at Reed High School and Shadow Mountain Park. 

The boys race at 12: 15 p.m. and the girls at 1:05 p.m.