SALT LAKE CITY --The UHSAA state 1-A, 2-A, and 3-A cross country meet allowed top of Utah runners to display the work they've done this season as they raced to see who would rise to the top.
In the 1-A race, St. Joseph Cfreshman Meghan Clare had the time of her life, running her first high school state cross country meet. Her time of 21:40 took third place overall.
"I was smiling the whole time. Now I have to wait another year," said Clare, sad that the season was over. "I didn't know what to expect today. I just kept thinking of a quote, 'Finish your dream,' by my hero Cynthia Garcia, a Boston Marathon runner."
Panguitch won the team title, scoring 33 points to Monticello's 67. St. Joseph's girls didn't run a full team.
In the boys 1-A race it was a wall of orange as Monticello won the team trophy, scoring 35 points to Panguitch's 49.
St. Joseph finished fifth overall, scoring 132 points. They were led by sophomore Cayden Jones, who finished 17th in 18:26. His teammates were all in the top 50. Sophomore Chris O'Brien was 25th in 18:37 and Sean Letendre was 26th in 18:37. Josh Stoker was 43rd in 19:37 with Will Carrington 50th in 20:09.
The girls 2-A race was filled with running drama. It was a photo-finish with Millard's Anna Camp tripping into first past Rowland Hall's Emily Sundquist. Their times were 19:16.5 and 19:16.8, respectively. In the team standings, North Summit and Enterprise tied, with the win going to North Summit as their sixth runner was 44th and Enterprise's was 46th.
The boys 2-A race was won by Rowland Hall, scoring 68 points over North Summit's 79 points. Rowland Hall's Ryan Westermann took the win in 16:09.
With Ogden up in the 4-A rankings it was Desert Hills and Park City duking it out for first in the boys 3-A race. Desert Hills won with 49 points. Park City was 73. Bear River was sixth, scoring 210 points. Ben Lomond was 12th with 350 points and Morgan was 16th with 448.
Top of Utah Individuals that scored in the top 50 were Bear River's Luke Summers and Taylor Francom, 23rd in 17:02 and 38th in 17:21. Ben Lomond's Steven Dabb and Adam Heiner, 42nd in 17:30 and 47th in 17:41. Morgan's Andrew Allen, 46th in 17:39. Bear River's Ethan Hurst rounded out the top 50, 50th in 17:43.
In the 3-A girls, race Park City dominated the meet, setting the team time record, which was later broken by Davis.
Park City scored 31 points to second place Cedar's 76. Bear River was seventh, scoring 198 and Morgan was 14th with 360 points. The race was won by Cedar's Aimee Bryson in 17:58.
Three Bear River runners broke into the top 50. Kylie Larkin was 19th in 20:15, Rachel Hughes was 27th in 20:40 and Katelyn Cunning was 44th in 21:23.