Wednesday , October 18, 2017 - 7:46 PM
SALT LAKE CITY — Weber High senior McKenna Lee hasn’t always been content to hang back at the beginning of a cross country race, but she was Wednesday at the 6-A state championships — and the result was a first-place finish.
“Foot Locker regionals last year, I kind of went out too fast and died,” Lee said. “So, yeah, I’ve learned from my mistakes.”
Lee, who finished second at the state meet each of the last two years, finished with a time of 17:49.0 — more than 20 seconds faster than the second-place finisher.
Weber senior McKenna Lee wins 6-A girls cross country championship (17:49.0). pic.twitter.com/dBmSEBTekJ— Ryan Comer (@RyanComerSe) October 18, 2017
Lee said it was “a mental game” trying to convince herself that she didn’t need to start at the front.
“I just focused on my own race, running my own pace and not letting other people stop me from moving forward,” Lee said.
“(I’m) pretty excited. This has been my goal since like the seventh grade when I started track, so I’m pumped.”
Lee helped the Weber girls to a sixth-place finish overall. Region 1 champion Davis took fourth. Pleasant Grove won the team title.
Lee was one of two Weber County athletes to win an individual title Wednesday.
Fremont senior Bronson Winter claimed the boys 6-A title with a time of 15:09.3.
Fremont senior Bronson Winter wins the 6-A boys cross country championship (15:09.3). pic.twitter.com/Y9T1GoVJGx— Ryan Comer (@RyanComerSe) October 18, 2017
Winter survived a stiff challenge from Lone Peak senior Justin Hartshorn, who finished with a time of 15:10.9.
Winter was just glad it wasn’t his identical twin brother, Zachary, who was pushing him at the end. Zachary finished third with a time of 15:17.8.
“I was way shocked,” Bronson said. “I thought (Hartshorn) was my brother and I was like, ‘Crap,’ because (Zachary) has a phenomenal kick and I was just all, ‘I can’t catch him,” and then I saw it was him and I was like ‘Yes, I still have a small chance.’”
The Winter twins, who are both committed to Weber State, helped Fremont claim sixth place and edge Davis, the Region 1 champion, by a point. American Fork won the boys team title.
Woods Cross freshman Carlee Hansen took fifth place with a time of 18:24.9 in the 5-A girls championship.
Hansen beat her Region 5 championship-winning time by nearly 25 seconds.
Corner Canyon’s Karli Branch won the individual title and Skyline won the team title.
On the boys’ side, Roy senior Curt Crossley — the Region 5 champion — finished sixth with a time of 15:30.6. Crossley, who is committed to run at Weber State, beat his region championship time by nearly 30 seconds.
Timpview’s Aidan Troutner won the individual title and Springville won the team title.
Ogden won the Region 11 boys championship over Stansbury, but Stansbury claimed the 4-A state title.
Despite not placing a single runner in the top nine, Stansbury finished with 80 points, nine better than second-place Pine View.
Ogden finished fourth with 103 points.
Stansbury’s top-five runners were between 10th and 21st place.
“That just goes to show you how cross country truly is a team sport, and when you’ve got the pack, you dominate,” Ogden coach Missy Allred said.
Ogden senior Christian Warren finished third with a time of 15:43.5. Lehi’s Ryan Raff won the individual title.
Bonneville finished fifth.
Just as a strong pack helped the Stansbury boys, a strong pack helped the Pine View girls take first.
Pine View’s second- through fifth-place runners finished between 11th and 16th, and the tight pack helped Pine View beat Mountain View by nine points even though Pine View had one top-10 runner and Mountain View had three.
Ogden, the Region 11 champion, finished sixth overall. The Tigers were led by junior Kalii Caldwell, an individual region champion, who finished fourth with a time of 18:14.6.
Mountain View’s Alissa Fielding won the individual title.
Morgan finished third in the 3-A boys championship and was led by junior Carson Wilkins, the Region 13 champion. Wilkins placed fourth with a time of 16:12.7.
Manti’s Jordan Cheney won the race and Emery claimed the team title.
The Morgan girls finished fourth.
Union’s Kennedy Powell won the girls race and San Juan won the team title.
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