SALT LAKE CITY -- A year ago, Bonneville High School's second place at the state 4-A boys cross country championships was a sweet surprise to everyone but themselves; this year second place was bittersweet, as Bonneville lost on a tie to Herriman High School during a tight race on Wednesday at Sugarhouse Park.
With four men in before Herriman's fourth runner it looked like Bonneville was going to squeak out the championship, but two runners in the top 5 and a strong finish by Herriman's fourth and fifth runners, tied the score up. In a tie, the sixth place finisher is scored, and Herriman's sixth man was ahead of Bonneville's across the Highland High track, giving Herriman the state championship.
Cade Perry led the Bonneville boys, placing sixth overall in 15:39.1. Jared Seachris (16:04.2), Colby Myers (16:06.6), Andy Penman (16:11.4), Brian Jasper (16:13.8), Jesse Mott (17:02.2), and Justin Cypers (17:09.1) also ran for the Lakers.
"It would have been great to take first overall as a team, but Herriman had a really good race," said Perry. "It was a good lesson: chop wood, carry water; it doesn't end just because we took second. The season's not completely over."
Timpanogos' Jacob Heslington surprised Logan's Jerrell Mock and Sky View's Conner Mantz for the top spot.
Box Elder senior Adam Hendrickson came in right behind Perry for a top-seven finish.
Cody Dangerfield was Clearfield's top runner, crossing in 30th overall.
Debbie Perry, the Bonneville coach (also Cade's mom), said the boys struggled with getting into the flow of the race after going out slow in the first mile.
Penman said it was hard to accept second. "We didn't do our race today. We had a bad day. Our group was further back than we would have liked. It's just kind of disappointing."
"It's hard to not to only tie again, after Murray, and lose it on sixth man, but to know that we've run better," said Debbie. "It's good to come home with a trophy, but it's disappointing when it that's close and you know your guys have it, and they've shown it already. I'm proud that they kept fighting even though they went out in a difficult position. What cost them was the first mile. Traditionally they've gone out really well in the first mile. Today they were just too far back."
Bonneville will look for redemption at the Nike Regional meet in mid-November, a race that top Utah teams are hoping to perform well at.
In the girls 4-A race, it was a Herriman runner, Lucy Biles (17:49.6) that took the overall title, but Mountain Crest prevailed in the team race. Behind the second-place run of Miranda O'Very, Mountain Crest placed all five scorers in the top 20 to defeat second place Orem by 60 points.
Box Elder's Hannah Malone (18:48.5) finished seventh and Woods Cross's Millika Holbrook (19:20.8) was 17th.