With the Region 12 meet coming up on Oct. 20, the Emery Spartan cross country team took an opportunity to keep running when they headed to Manti for an invitational on Monday. Both the boys and the girls teams finished in third place on a cool fall afternoon.

Jess Christiansen was the top finisher for the Spartans coming in fifth place. Jett Davenport and Paul Squire of Union finished in the top two spots, then Richard Crane and Cannon Anderson both of Richfield took third and fourth.

Camdon Larsen, Byron Christiansen, Merritt Meccariello and Jack Chritiansen were the top five Emery finishers. Dillan Larsen, Hayden Christiansen, Mason Stewart, Monty Christiansen and Jace Frandsen rounded out the Spartan top ten.

The team from Richfield finished in the top spot followed by Union, Emery, Manti and Juab.

On the ladies side Kalle Cook was the top finisher for the Spartans ending the day in ninth. Sadie Nielsen from Manti claimed the top spot. Jaylee Jenkins of Union, Paige Curtis from Delta, Bella Knudsen and Keltsy Fowles of Manti rounded out the top five.

Kallee Lake, Kylie Willis, Addie Lester and Rileigh Meccariello made up the top five Emery finishers.

Manti claimed the top spot as a team with Union, Emery, Richfield and Juab making up the rest of the top five.

Up next for the Spartans is the Region 12 meet next Wednesday in Cedar City at Canyon View.