LAYTON -- This dynasty doesn't wear camouflage, they don't sport long beards, and they don't make duck calls. This dynasty wears gold and brown, sports race-day "D" tattoos, and yells, "All for one; one for all; all for Davis High!"
Monday, the Davis High cross country teams raced to emphatic wins in the 3-mile Region 1 cross country Championships. It was the boys' 19th consecutive win, and for the girls it was the eighth consecutive win.
"Being a part of it really motivates you to do your best and have a winning attitude," said Skylar Williams, about being a member of the Davis Dynasty. Williams won the boys varsity race in a time of 15:43. The senior jumped to an early lead and made sure no one could close the gap.
"I went out pretty conservative," said Williams, who was sporting a beard, albeit not quite as long as Si Robertson's. "I was hoping that somebody else was going to take the lead, but that didn't happen, so I made the best of it, and made it as smooth as I could for me, and after that made sure that nobody was too close behind me."
Williams was shooting for the course record, but was 25 seconds off, probably due to a soggy, muddy course. His teammate Josh Ward was second in 15:56. Logan Mackay (16:00) made a gutsy move in the last mile to move from 14th to fourth as the third scorer for the Darts, with seventh place Colton Rimann (16:06), and ninth place Stockton Smith (16:18) rounding out their scoring runners.
Weber High was second in the team standings, scoring 50 points behind the efforts of Will Palmer (sixth, 16:03), Devon Jennings (eighth, 16:16), Stetson Hohman (13th, 16:25), Braedin Butler (14th, 16:27) and Kyler Hall (15th, 16:29).
Other runners who broke the boys top ten were Fremont's Kaden Winter (third, 15:58) and Viewmont's Dallin Leatham (fifth, 16:01).
Final team scores were Davis (23), Weber (50), Fremont (94), Syracuse (97), Viewmont (142), Layton (153) and Northridge (162). The top four teams will move on to the state cross country meet on Oct. 23.
In the girls race, the dynasty dominated again. Led by freshman Aubrey Argyle, the nationally top-ranked Darts claimed eight of the top 10 spots. Argyle won in a time of 17:56 and said that her teammates were the only reason she made it through the race.
"I like to stay with Taylor Cox and Ashley Tyndall because they pace me really well and I honestly have no idea where I would be without them and the rest of my team," said Argyle. "I just focus on staying with them, and just pushing my hardest. I know that after the race I'll have all the time I need to recover, so I go as hard as I can and my teammates are always with me. We'll say 'Speed up,' and we'll all speed up."
Argyle, Cox and Tyndall were part of a group including Northridge's Courtney Wayment and Syracuse's Isabella Williams that packed up from the beginning and didn't string out until the last half mile of the race.
Wayment, who was fighting through an over-rotated hip throughout the race, pushed past her pain to run 18:07 for second place. Williams finished third in 18:13, while Cox and Tyndall were fourth and fifth in 18:20 and 18:23, respectively. Davis's Kenzie Weir (sixth, 18:27), Amy Vance (seventh, 18:41), Sierra Graham (eighth, 18:42) Aly Geisler (ninth, 18:44) and Hannah Albrectson (10th, 18:51) rounded out the top 10 in the girls race.
"My whole team this year has been really working together a lot," said Cox. "We didn't know how well we would do this season, but our goal the whole season was working up to this meet, and state and nationals, and it's been really cool to see how all of us pull together."
Final team scores were Davis (23), Syracuse (66), Weber (92), Fremont (122), Viewmont (126), Northridge (139) and Layton (1540.
* FALCONS SECOND AT REGION 6 MEET: At last Friday's Region 6 championships, Clearfield finished second in both division.
East scored 34 points in the girls race, followed by Clearfield (51) and Woods Cross (75). Bountiful finished fifth.
Woods Cross' Millika Holbrook ran away with the medalist honors in 18:21.5.
Clearfield's Dawnavyn Jeppson (third, 20:01.2), Chantelle Nichols (eighth, 20:14.9) and Heather Lockyer (10th, 20:19.8) rounded out the top 10.
In the boys race, Woods Cross won the battle with 32 points, followed by Clearfield (40), East (89) and Bountiful (104).
Woods Cross' Jacobs Stone was the low runner, winning in 15:33.9, with teammate Taylor Dillon third and Andrew Rummens sixth.
Clearfield was paced by Kendall Thompson, who was fourth in 16:33.9, with teammate Ryan Searle fifth in 16:34.5.
Falcons Kevin Shelley (eighth, 16:42.9) and Mathew Garcia (ninth, 16:45.7) also made the top 10.
Bountiful's Taylor Anderson ran seventh in 16:39.1.