LAYTON — The girls in the Region 1 cross country championship sizzled the course from top to bottom, led by pair of Darts with big aspirations.
Ellie Child and Shea Martinez paced the Davis contingent on Wednesday afternoon at Layton Commons Park lowering Martinez’s course record with impressive runs.
Child topped the mark by 30 seconds, running in 17:37, with Martinez at 17:51.
“They both shattered it; today was Ellie’s day,” Davis coach Corbin Talley said of his talented duo. “They definitely push each other, and it makes them better runners. They really work hard.
“I was pleased with our whole team; the seniors really led the way. And the Weber and Northridge runners were amazing too,” Talley said.
The Darts won the team chase by running 1-2-5-6-7-8-9 for a score of 21. Syracuse edged Weber, 80-84, for second with Fremont (96) rounding out the state 5-A berths.
Northridge and Layton followed in the girls standings.
Weber’s Sam Heaton was third overall, with Northridge’s Courtney Wayment in fourth.
Davis’s Ashley Tyndall, Chelsey Johnson, Mikell Wood, Kenzie Weir and Joanna Boyd and Kamie Dixon followed in succession, with Weber’s Linze Deeter edging Syracuse’s Bella Williams for 10th place.
On the boys side, the senior class boosted the Darts to another convincing win as well, led by Alex Hedquist.
Hedquist battled teammate Brayden Cromar throughout the race, pulling away to win in 15:22. Cromar (15:25) led teammates Skylar Williams, Andrew Aposhian and Hayden Hansen for the top five sweep.
Stokton Smith was seventh, with Preston Johnson ninth and Sam Haws 10th.
“It was great to have Alex run strong like he did,” Talley said. “He and Brayden and the whole group are united in purpose.
“Eight of our top 10 runners are seniors, and they complement each other so well,” Talley said. “Brayden and Alex are a strong tandem.”
Weber finished second with 66 points, followed by Syracuse (95), Fremont (103), Northridge (104) and Layton (185) to round out the team scoring.
Syracuse’s Landon Greenhalgh finished sixth to lead his squad.
Weber’s Ryan Haltli was eighth overall to lead the Warriors, with teammate Will Palmer 10th.
Doug Graff (11th) led Northridge’s effort, while Kaden Winter (12th) was Fremont’s top runner.
The strong Region 1 conginent will now turn its attention to the state 5-A championships, held along with the other classification races next Wednesday at Sugarhouse Park and Highland High School in Salt Lake City. Davis will battle American Fork for the title.