LOGAN — The Bonneville High boys cross country squad delivered on its first big goal on Wednesday, winning the Region 5 Cross Country Championship.
Region 5 boasts a bevy of top-notch talent, but the Lakers stood atop the podium, thanks to five runners in the top 10 in competition at Utah State University’s new cross country course.
Logan’s Jerrell Mock won the race in 1 minutes, 58 seconds, ahead of Sky View’s Conner Mantz (15:05), Box Elder’s Adam Hendrickson (15:25) and Bonneville’s Cade Perry (15:27).
“Some of the top group went out really fast, but I think we raced smart as a group and did a great job,” Bonneville coach Debbie Perry said. “We used this race to prepare for state. The guys kept motoring on a deceiving course.
The Lakers Andrew Penman ran sixth, with Colby Myers seventh, Jared Seachris ninth and Brian Jasper 10th.
The Lakers tallied 36 points, followed by Sky View and Mountain Crest.
Box Elder’s Hunter Meredith helped the Bees finish tied for fourth with his eighth-place run, but Logan edged Box Elder on a tiebreaker for the final state 4-A playoff berth. Roy was sixth.
In the girls race, Mountain Crest was unstoppable with 17 points, followed by Logan (79), Sky View (81) and Box Elder (84). Bonneville and Roy followed in the team standings.
The Mustangs’ Miranda O’Very, Tori Parkinson and Brookayla Nelson ran 1-2-3, with Box Elder’s Hannah Malone fourth.
Bonneville’s Sarah Layton finished 10th to lead the Lakers and earn all-region honors.
And now it’s on to next Wednesday’s state meet.
“We’re in a position to do really well at state, with Herriman and Mountain View,” Perry said. “This is a cohesive group. When you train together six days a week, many of them for three years, they are great with each other. We’ve had a lot of good times.
• TIGERS SWEEP RACES: At the Cottonwood Complex in Holladay, the Ogden Tigers tuned up for next Wednesday’s state 5-A meet with a convincing run in the Region 11 cross country championships.
On the girls side, Ogden posted a perfect score, and then some, sweeping the top seven sports for a perfect 15 score.
In cross country, the top five runner’s scores count toward the team total.
With Sarah Feeny leading the way, Ogden ran as a strong group on their way to victory.
“We have everyone healthy, and were able to use our depth,” Tigers coach Don Hall said. “Everything went to plan.
“We like everyone to show improvement, and every runner improved since the last time we ran this course,” Hall said.
Feeny won in 18:17.80, followed by Melissa Garrett, Jessica Sams, Hannah Allred, Courtney Peterson, Lydia Trotter and Sierra Lawrence.
Stansbury was second in the team chase, followed by Grantsville, Morgan, Bear River and Tooele.
Bear River’s Katelyn Cunning was the top finisher for her school, running ninth overall.
Andrea Millburn led Morgan with a 13th-place run. Amanda Condie was Ben Lomond’s top runner.
In the boys race, Ogden posted six of the top eight times for an easy team victory.
The Tigers tallied 20 points, followed by Bear River (55), Stansbury (82) and Ben Lomond (107). Grantsville, Morgan and Tooele rounded out the team chase.
Ogden’s Jordon Cross set the course mark with a run of 14:55.10, well ahead of Stansbury’s Austin Slade.
Ogden runners Mike Buckley (third), Carson Garner (fourth), Pedro DeLeon (fifth), Justin Sheets (seventh) and Jake Mathewson (eighth) helped the cause and earned all-region honors.
Bear River’s Tanner Anderson ran a solid sixth overall, with teammates Spencer Stamps and Brackon Rawlinson ninth and 10th, respectively.
Sterlin Brandley led the Ben Lomond efforth with a 12th-place run.
“We’re please with how the boys team finished as a group,” Hall said. “Jordon ran very well, but the grouping gives us great confidence for state.”