Tooele County’s top cross-country runners proved they are among some of the very best the Western United States has to offer during Saturday’s BYU Autumn Classic at East Bay Golf Course in Provo.
Stansbury’s Carson Belnap came within one-tenth of a second of winning the boys’ 5-kilometer varsity race, with his second-place time of 15 minutes, 47.1 seconds trailing only American Fork’s Ashton Hysell’s winning time of 15:47.0. Just behind Belnap was Grantsville’s Porter Whitworth, the defending Utah Class 3A champion who clocked in at 15:50.3.
Stansbury finished eighth as a team with 256 points, which was also the top finish by any Utah Class 4A team in the field. Josh Oblad (32nd, 16:35.8), Tyler Seeley (56th, 16:54.4), Talmage Ricks (91st, 17.16.9) and Nathan Leary (95th, 17:20.1) contributed to the Stallions’ team score, along with Belnap. Nathan Winters (117th, 17:35.0) and Isaac Nelson (136th, 17:46.4) also competed for Stansbury.
Grantsville finished 31st in the field of 45 complete teams, and was second among Class 3A teams behind Richfield. Wyatt Teggins (150th, 17:55.3), Caden Williams (203rd, 18:31.7), Jordan Wheeler (223rd, 18:51.9) and Evan Thomas (256th, 19:48.7) joined Whitworth as scoring runners, and James Limburg (262nd, 19:56.0) and Isaac Lehman (274th, 20:23.0) were Grantsville’s other competitors.
Stansbury’s girls finished 16th out of 35 complete teams, and third among 4A squads behind Hurricane and Bear River. The Stallions were led by Shelby Archer, who finished 106th in 21:24.9. Elena Allen (135th, 21:58.5), Tatelyn Larsen (143rd, 22:07.1), Katelin Chipman (154th, 22:15.2) and Marian Ogden (tied for 156th, 22:17.1) were the Stallions’ other scoring runners, with Olivia Packer (175th, 22:39.0) just behind.
Grantsville had just four runners competing and didn’t record a team score. Lindsey Palmer was the first Cowboy runner to cross the finish line, clocking in at 21:58.4 for 134th place. Reagan Wexels was 211th in 23:45.6, with Lydia Schoenfeld 25th in 26:02.3 and Acelyn Fuentes 253rd in 26:34.0.