Despite soggy conditions earlier in the day, the weather couldn’t have been much better for Wednesday afternoon’s high school cross country meet in Settlement Canyon.
It also couldn’t have gone much better for the host Tooele Buffaloes, who won both the boys and girls team titles by a comfortable margin.
Tooele’s girls team was led by Jennifer Thomas, who finished fourth overall with a time of 20 minutes, 36 seconds. Grace Jenkins finished sixth in 20:53, followed by Mayling Jorgensen in eighth in 21:36 and Olivia Lowery in ninth in 21:48. Courtney Furniss rounded out Tooele’s scoring with an 11th-place finish in 21:56, giving the Buffs a team score of 38.
Lindsey Palmer was Grantsville’s top finisher, crossing the line in seventh place with a time of 21:13. Reagan Wexels was 10th in 21:53, followed shortly thereafter by teammates Bethany Swallom (12th, 22:13), Ellie Lowery (13th, 22:19) and Erin Petersen (14th, 22:20). That earned the Cowboys a team score of 56 points.
Stansbury opted to rest its top runners on Wednesday, with the BYU Autumn Classic scheduled for Saturday in Provo. The Stallions were led by senior Kayleigh Shami, who finished 16th in 22:32. Alexis Dansie was 23rd in 23:07 and Charlotte Jensen was 39th in 25:17.
Tooele’s boys placed all five of their scoring runners in the top eight overall, including a sweep of the top three spots. Joel Brown won the race with a time of 16:03, 37 seconds ahead of teammate Tyler Stewart’s second-place time of 16:40. Garrett Palmer finished third in 16:54, with Joseph Wilkins sixth in 17:07 and Parker Hansen eighth in 17:24 for a team score of 20.
Grantsville had its runners treat Wednesday’s race more as a training session with the BYU meet approaching, as seven Cowboys finished in a pack from 15th to 21st place. Connor Paxman was the first Grantsville runner to finish in 18:22, followed by Jordan Wheeler (18:22), Caden Williams (18:23), Porter Whitworth (18:23), Evan Thomas (18:23), Wyatt Teggins (18:24) and James Limburg (18:24). That gave the Cowboys 85 points.
Like their female counterparts, the Stansbury boys kept their top runners out of Wednesday’s race in preparation for the BYU meet, which will take place at East Bay Golf Course. The Stallions’ top finisher was Clayton Bowen, who finished 27th in 18:42. Klark Larsen was 28th in 18:46.
Tooele’s next meet is Saturday in Spanish Fork. The Buffaloes and Stallions will compete Wednesday in a Region 10 meet at Dinosaur Park in Ogden. After the BYU meet, Grantsville’s next competition is Wednesday, where the Cowboys will take part in a Region 13 meet hosted by Summit Academy.