The Grantsville boys and girls cross country teams each finished third in the Region 13 championship meet Tuesday afternoon at the Cottonwood Complex in Millcreek, earning the boys team a berth in the Class 3A championship meet next week in Midway.
Grantsville’s boys edged Providence Hall by seven points for third place, which gave the Cowboys the region’s final qualifying berth for the state meet. Zack Hale finished 14th in 18 minutes, 23.8 seconds to lead the Cowboys, with teammate John Ussing right behind him in 15th place in 18:33.2. Connor Paxman was 19th in 18:45.7, Blake Bunderson was 19th in 18:50.0 and David Cowdell was 23rd in 19:17.2 to give the Cowboys a team score of 88. Evan Thomas (26th, 19:46.2) and James Limburg (28th, 20:14.1) rounded out the Cowboys’ effort.
Morgan edged Judge Memorial for the team title by a single point, 27-28, with Providence Hall (95) in fourth and South Summit (155) in fifth. Summit Academy had just three runners finish and didn’t record a team score.
Grantsville’s girls fell just three points short of qualifying for state, though Ellie Lowery will compete as an individual after finishing sixth overall with a time of 21 minutes, 5.0 seconds. Patience Garcia was 11th in 22:51.5 and Bethany Swallom was 12th in 23:05.5. Erin Petersen (18th, 23:54.6) and Acelyn Fuentes (20th, 24:36.4) were the Cowboys’ other scoring runners, giving them a team score of 60 to Morgan’s 20 and Judge Memorial’s 57. Reagan Wexels (21st, 25:01.9) and Jade Garcia (23rd, 26:17.7) were the Cowboys’ other competitors.
South Summit and Summit Academy also had runners in the girls’ field, but dind’t have full teams.
The Class 3A state cross country meet will take place Oct. 22 at Soldier Hollow Golf Course in Midway, having been moved from its traditional location at Sugar House Park and Highland High School because of COVID-19 restrictions in Salt Lake City.