While the Ogden High cross country squads have enjoyed many successes over the past decade, they face another unique challenge in their jump to the 4-A ranks.
But if last Friday's performance at the Murray Invitational is a a good indication, the Tigers should fare well in the months ahead.
The Ogden boys won their first Murray team title, a strong indication the Tigers could challenge for the state 4-A title in October.
Coach Don Hall this could be the strongest boys squad in school history.
"The boys have been in the girls shadow for a few years, but not this year," he said on Friday.
Ogden topped Davis and Orem by just a few points -- 105 to 107 to 110 in team chase.
Alta's Kramer Morton edged Sky View's Conner Mantz (15:18.1 to 15:20.2) for the medalist honors.
Ogden's Mike Buckley (15:30.1) was fourth, with Woods Cross' Jacob Stone (15:38.0) fifth, Davis' Skylar Williams (15:49.6) seventh and Ogden's Justin Sheets (15:57.2) 10th.
Mountain Crest was fifth, with Weber seventh, Woods Cross ninth and Clearfield 11th.
On the girls side, Ogden's Saray Feeny simply ran away from the field to win the medalist honors in 17:41.6. Feeny has been on fire for a year, and Friday by 15 seconds.
Box Elder's Hannah Malone was third in 17:59.3, with Davis' Aubrey Argyle (18:05.9) sixth, and Northridge's Courtney Wayment (18:23.3) 10th overall.
In the team chase, the Davis Darts were again unstoppable with a new crop of runners. Davis compiled 65 points, followed by Park City and American Fork.
Ogden finished sixth with Mountain Crest seventh.
Region meets begin this week, while many of the
top teams will compete in this weekend's BYU Invitational. Ogden and other elite teams will start gearing up for the Bob Firman Invitational in Boise, Idaho, and other regional races throughout September and October.