With the evidence of Tuesday’s wind storm strewn across the course and a chill in the air, conditions for Wednesday afternoon’s Pre-Region 13 cross country meet at the Cottonwood Complex in Millcreek weren’t exactly ideal.
However, that didn’t stop the girls and boys from Grantsville from showing what they’re capable of accomplishing as the season enters its final stretch. The girls team brought home a second-place finish and the boys finished third on the same course that will host the Region 13 championship meet in a little more than a month. The course was markedly different from the last time the Cowboys saw it at the Premier Invitational in August, as a large tree near the finish line was felled by Tuesday’s wind and branches and other debris could be seen throughout the park.
Grantsville’s Ellie Lowery finished second overall in the girls’ race with a time of 21 minutes, 15 seconds, putting her 1:18 behind winner Oakley Olson of Morgan. Teammate Bethany Swallom was the next girl to cross the line in 22:02, with Erin Petersen finishing seventh in 22:55 and Reagan Wexels in 10th in 23:12. Patience Garcia’s 14th-place finish in 23:29 gave Grantsville a team score of 35, seven points behind Morgan and 42 points better than Judge Memorial. Providence Hall was fourth with 102 points. South Summit and Summit Academy only had four runners each, and didn’t record team scores as a result.
Jessica Adams led Grantsville’s non-scoring runners with a 25th-place finish in 25:45. Jade Garcia was 31st in 26:25, with Acelyn Fuentes (34th, 26:56) and Aliyah Fuentes (35th, 26:58) close behind. Challis Anderson (41st, 28:27) and Abigail Swallom (44th, 29:04) also competed for the Cowboys.
Grantsville’s boys finished with 61 points in a tight battle between the top four teams. Morgan won the meet with 42 points, followed by Providence Hall with 53. Grantsville edged Judge Memorial by just three points for third place. South Summit was a distant fifth with 151 points, while Summit Academy had just four runners competing.
Connor Paxman’s seventh-place finish in 18:24 led the Cowboys’ charge. John Ussing was ninth in 18:32, and Evan Thomas was 15th in 18:53. Blake Bunderson and David Cowdell finished 17th and 18th with times of 19:12 to complete Grantsville’s team score, with Zack Hale right on their heels in 19th with a time of 19:13.
Ross Richardson was 28th in 19:50, and Brock Merrill and Bryson Bowers were 31st and 32nd in 20:00. Caleb Keller (34th, 20:03), James Limburg (35th, 20:04), Dustin Carter (39th, 20:12) and Luke Ussing (40th, 20:13) all brought home top-40 finishes in the 92-runner field.
Other Grantsville runners competing included: Matthew Buchanan (46th, 20:43); Jacob Passey (47th, 20:44); Alex Mecham (51st, 21:45); Billy Barker (52nd, 21:45); Carson Hurst (53rd, 21:48); Asher Simonds (58th, 21:57); Gabe Hill (62nd, 22:08); Zach Petersen (64th, 22:16); Eric Jex (73rd, 22:50); Kagun Favero (81st, 24:10); Ben Smurthwaite (86th, 26:08); Nicholas Redmond (88th, 26:48); Hayden Warner (91st, 31:34) and Isaac Riches (92nd, 36:53).
The Region 13 teams will be back in action next Wednesday at Scera Park in Orem for a meet hosted by Providence Hall.