It was a busy Wednesday afternoon for Grantsville senior Sabrina Allen.
Before she played a key role in the Cowboys’ 6-3 win over American Leadership Academy in the first round of the Class 3A girls soccer state tournament, she took to the course at the Cottonwood Complex in Millcreek, looking to capture the Region 13 girls cross-country individual title. She accomplished her goal in dominating fashion, clocking in at 19 minutes, 10.5 seconds to win the race by 16.3 seconds over Judge Memorial sophomore Madi Tartaro.
“My goal was to get off and get the gap, just so I could settle in and not worry about it after that,” Allen said. “It’s something that I’ve been wanting to get in the previous region we were put in, but this year when the regions and the classifications changed, I just decided that (the region championship) would be my goal for this season, to go and get that.
“It was a really rewarding day … being able to see all the work that I’ve put in on everything my four years of high school starting to pay off today.”
Competing in two sports at the same time has required a lot of dedication from Allen, who is an outside back for the Grantsville soccer team. She also noted that it has taken a lot of patience and understanding on the part of her coaches and teammates.
“It’s been hard,” she said. “A lot of it has been just having to be willing to sacrifice for all of it and if there’s multiple things in a day, just keep going through until the end. For me, a lot of it is about focusing on endurance and getting through one thing and then focus on the next one.
“I can go and run cross country and my soccer team’s willing to accommodate me with that, and my cross-country team came to the (soccer) game. The support system — my teammates and my coaches — it’s just been amazing.”
Allen’s first-place finish led Grantsville to a third-place team finish behind Judge Memorial and Morgan in a tightly contested battle. Judge won the region title by 10 points over Morgan after having all five of its scoring runners finish in the top 11, while Morgan’s five scoring runners were all in the top 13 overall and Grantsville’s were in the top 17.
Lyndee Limburg (20:13.6) finished fourth overall for the Cowboys. Rachel Barker was 12th in 21:40.5, Lindsey Palmer was 14th in 21:48.7 and Sarah Kurtz was 17th in 22:22.4. Desiree Garcia (18th, 22:28.7) and Makayla Lear (23rd, 24:41.2) also ran for Grantsville.
Grantsville’s boys finished second to Morgan, totaling 36 points to the Trojans’ 24. Each of the first 11 finishers were from Morgan or Grantsville, led by Morgan’s Carson Wilkins, who won the race in 15:31.2. He was followed by Grantsville’s Seth Beckett in 15:42.1 and Porter Whitworth in 15:47.9.
Grantsville’s other scoring runners were Jordan Wheeler (seventh, 16:37.3), Jase Wilson (11th, 17:07.0) and Owen Linares (13th, 17:32.2). Caden Williams (15th, 17:53.0) and Wyatt Teggins (16th, 17:55.8) rounded out a solid performance for the Cowboys.
Ogden beat out Stansbury for both the boys and girls team titles on Wednesday, thanks to individual victories by Andrew Blackham and Kalii Caldwell.
Blackham and teammate Christian Warren went 1-2 in the boys race, helping the Tigers beat Stansbury by a slim four-point margin. The Stallions’ Josh Oblad was third in 15:35.2, followed by Ogden’s Christopher Allred just six-tenths of a second behind.
Stansbury seniors Dylan Bryant (15:44.1) and Josh Wintch (15:46.8) were fifth and sixth. Bonneville’s Brandon Barclay was seventh, with Ogden’s Ben Keller eighth. Stansbury’s Scott Ruebush (15:52.9) and Richard Beazer (15:53.3) rounded out the top 10.
Blaise Miller (13th, 16:04.8) and Dmitri Morse (24th, 16:52.7) were Stansbury’s other runners in the race.
Bonneville finished third in the team standings, followed by Park City, Tooele, Juan Diego and Ben Lomond. Tooele’s fifth-place effort was led by Ryan Callister and James Miles, who crossed the line 26th and 27th in 16:55.7. Eli Messick was 29th in 17:25.7, with Tyler Stewart (33rd, 17:47.7) and Tanner Hahne (36th, 18:22.7) rounding out the Buffaloes’ scoring. Wyatt Olsen (38th, 18:27.2) and Ethan Olcott (39th, 18:33.2) also competed for Tooele.
Caldwell won the girls race by 48.3 seconds over Stansbury’s Zoe Hales, who clocked in at 18:13.5. Hales was joined in the top five by teammate Eliza Beazer, who was fifth in 18:43.8.
Elena Allen was 15th for Stansbury in 19:13.5. McKenna Rogers (16th, 19:25.5) and Shelby Archer (19th, 19:46.4) were the Stallions’ other scoring runners, while Masche Osborn (20th, 19:48.5) and Miranda Allen (27th, 20:10.5) also competed.
Makayla Komer led Tooele to a fifth-place team finish by crossing the finish line eighth overall in 19:02.3. Jessica Glaser (22nd, 19:57.3), Jamie Johansen (25th, 20:08.6), Holly Johansen (28th, 20:24.6) and Grace Jenkins (29th, 20:43.7) were the Buffs’ top five runners. Hannah Jenkins (31st, 21:21.2) and Jennifer Thomas (39th, 22:46.6) also took part in the race for Tooele.
The state cross-country meet is next Wednesday at Sugarhouse Park in Salt Lake City. The Class 3A girls race is scheduled for 11:30 a.m., with the boys race at 1 p.m. The Class 4A girls will run at 1:30 p.m with the boys at 3 p.m.