They call it the Highland Invitational, but Utah cross country fans know the significance of this early-season competition.
Saturday's race was held at Highland High and the adjoining Sugarhouse Park, the traditional site of the UHSAA state cross country championships in a couple of months.
And judging by the results, very little has changed on the Utah cross country scene.
In the girls varsity race, Davis used balance to claim the team title with ease. The Darts were led by Hannah Albrechtsen, who was fifth overall. Four of her teammates were in the top 20.
But the story of the day belonged to Ogden's Sarah Feeny, who won the race by nearly 40 seconds (16:53).
Not a bad way to start your senior season, Sarah.
Box Elder's Hannah Malone was eighth.
In the boys varsity race, Bingham edged Davis by six points for the team title, with Ogden fourth overall.
Sky View's Connor Mantz finished second, with Ogden's Mike Buckley sixth and Davis' Skylar Williams 7th.
The Tournament of Champions volleyball tournament was staged last weekend at Skyline High, with several Top of Utah squads in the mix for final podium spots.
Enterprise topped the field of larger schools to win the tournament. Enterprise beat Mountain Crest in the final.
Bonneville finished sixth, with Weber seventh and Logan eighth overall.
Invitational tournaments continue for the next few weekends around the state.
Prep football redux
Weber High football fans savored Friday's exciting season-opening 27-7 win over West with great gusto.
With a new coach in Matt Hammer, the Warriors took full advantage of some early West mistakes and built a 14-0 halftime edge.
To prove the first half was no fluke, the Warriors scored 13 point in third quarter to put the game -- and a 23-game losing skid -- away.
"I was pleased with everything, from start to finish," Hammer said.
Junior QB Cole Dean led Weber with several long passes, while the entire Warriors team played turnover-free.
Roy will provide a much tougher test for the Warriors. Besides the trappings of traditional Shield Game battle, Weber will see a Roy team with plenty of offensive firepower.
The Royals, led by junior quarterback Tyler Skidmore, scored 42 points in a win over Clearfield to open the season.
In other games this Friday, Viewmont is at Bountiful in a cross-town rivalry game, while Clearfield will travel to Washington Terrace to take on Bonneville in a battle of two teams looking for their initial victory of the season.
NFHS, USA Football tackle player safety
The National Federation of State High School Associations has partnered with USA Football to advance high school football player safety on a national level by endorsing USA Football's Heads Up FootballSM program.
USA Football is the sport's national governing body.
The NFHS supports player safety-focused training programs for its membership, which includes more than 19,000 high schools. The NFHS encourages high schools to adopt training programs such as Heads Up Football as a means to minimize the inherent risk in the sport.
Football, with 1.12 million high school student-athletes, is the No. 1 participatory sport of high school boys by nearly a 2-to-1 margin.
In partnership with the NFHS and USA Football, 32 high schools spanning eight states will pilot Heads Up Football in 2013.
All high schools across the U.S. will be eligible to adopt Heads Up Football in 2014.
Each participating high school program will designate a Player Safety Coach. This individual is trained by USA Football to instruct fellow coaches, parents and players on Heads Up Football's tackling mechanics that aim to reduce helmet contact, concussion recognition and response protocols and proper helmet and shoulder pad fitting.
Reminder to coaches to call us
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