PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Davis High boys cross country squad capped an amazing season with a third-place national finish in the Nike Cross Country Nationals Saturday at Portland Meadows Racetrack in Portland, Ore.
With a race field consisting of the top 22 teams and top 45 individuals from the eight regional qualifying meets, the Darts beat Utah rival American Fork and stamped its elite season.
Conditions were typical for Portland in December: cold wind, temp in the low 40's, a little fog, and lots of mud.
Lincroft won the elite boys team chase with 91 points, while Carroll XC was second with 95.
The Darts had 157 points; American Fork finished sixth at 257.
Brad Nye led the Darts with 15 minutes, 57 seconds, a 39th overall finish.
Brayden Cromar was right behind at 15:59. Darts Preston Johnson (16:09), Logan Wood (16:13), Skylar Williams (16:29) and Jackson Sagers (17:14) rounded out the Davis effort.
Futsum Zeinasellaissie won the race in 15:03. Clayton Young paced American Fork with a 15:50 run, with Brayden McLelland at 15:51.
Ogden High's Jordon Cross ran 55th overall.
In the girls race, Ogden's Sarah Feeny ran 46th overall, with teammate Jamie Stokes running 92nd. Orem's Summer Harper was the top Utah girl in 36th place.
California runner Sarah Bask won in 17:38.
Nike not only paid all expenses for the athletes but provided Nike sponsored Olympians and American Record holders to serve as team captains for the 4 days of festivities culminating in the race.
Foot Locker finals
In the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships in San Diego, Box Elder senior Kelsey Braithwaite placed second overall in the elite race.
Karlie Garcia of Roseville, Calif., won in 17:46, with Braithwaite at 17:55.
* MADISON 52, SYRACUSE 50: At Rexburg, Idaho, a day after topping Skyline, Idaho, by one at Idaho Falls, the Titans fell in a close one against the Rexburg school.
Madison came on with a rush, outscoring the Titans 18-6 in the final period.
Brock Anderson led Syracuse with 13 points, while AJ Wilcox added 10, and Jared Pobanz added nine points.
* CEDAR 51, MORGAN 36: At Richfield, Cedar broke open a close at the half by outscoring Morgan 26-13 in the second half to pull away for the victory at the Sevier Valley Center.
Kyle Nielson led the way with 20 points.
Jake Miles and Jaran Bennett scored 10 points apiece for the Trojans.
* BEN LOMOND 47, ROY 45: At Ogden, the final of the Ben Lomond Classic was as tight as the semifinal games as the Scots built a small lead and made it hold up despite strong rallies by the Royals.
Tournament MVP Sterling Brandley and Nate Watkins keyed the Scots' pace.
Brandley had 11 points, while Watkins added 10 points and had a pair of late steals to seal the win.
Josh Hardin led Ben Lomond with 15 points.
Brekkott Chapman led Roy with 17 points, while Blake Toyn added 14.
In the early game, South Summit defeated Layton Christian 51-44.
* BEAR RIVER 71, HURRICANE 64 (2OT): At Richfield, Wade Miller scored 25 points and knocked down four 3-pointers as Bear River eked out a double-overtime victory over Hurricane at the Sevier Valley Center for its first win.
Taylor Ramsdell chipped in with 16 points and Riley Robbins added 11.