Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

October 14, 2021
Grantsville cross country places third in Region 13 Championships

On a cold, wet Tuesday, the Cowboy harriers gathered at the Cottonwood Complex to determine the men’s and women’s Region 13 cross country titles. Morgan had claimed the past four men’s titles and the past three women’s titles. Would they continue their dominance?  Newcomer to Region 13 had been making waves and recording fast times all season in both the men’s and women’s races. At the end of the day, Ogden claimed the boys’ crown and Morgan’s girls’ team earned their fourth consecutive title.  

In the men’s race, Odgen scored 18 points with all seven of their runners finishing in the top 10 (1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10).  Morgan placed second with 53 points and two top 10 finishers in third and eighth.  Grantsville earned the third-place finish (68 points), and junior John Ussing finished in the top 10 at ninth. Ben Lomond came in fourth with 111 points.

Ussing ran the 3.1-mile course in 17:35.0 while the Region Champion junior Jack Blodgett from Ogden finished the course in 16:06.7. Junior Blake Bunderson was the second scorer for the Cowboys with a time of 18:04.6 with freshman Isaac Nordgren clocking in right behind him at 18:06.8, and senior Connor Paxman (18:21.4) rounding out the trio who finished 12th, 13th, and 14th, respectively.  Senior Carter Killian completed the scoring runners for Grantsville with a 21st place finish in 19:33.3.  Seniors Bryson Bowers (20:01.4) and Gabe Hill (20:15.8) were the final two varsity racers, and they finished 23rd and 24th.

In the women’s race, Morgan was one point off a perfect score of 15, winning the title with 16 points.  Senior Kate Heywood of Morgan was the region champion in 19:04.5.  The Trojans swept the first four places and their fifth runner finished sixth.  Ogden earned second place with 39 points finishing 5th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 19th.  The Cowboys claimed third place tallying 87 points.  

The top female finisher for Grantsville was senior Ellie Lowery in 13th place with a time of 22:06.0. Juniors Bethany Swallom (22:30.9), Patience Garcia (22:53.2) and Valentina Gonzalez (24:20.5) also ran to Top 20 finishes in 15th, 16th and 20th places.  The Cowboys fifth scorer, senior Erin Peterson, completed the course in 25:13.9.  Sophomore Challis Anderson (26:11.5) and junior Aliyah Fuentes (26:12.2) rounded out the women’s team.

Coach Oliver Hansen commented, ““I’m so proud of our runners. They all ran their hearts out and gave it everything they had. There is a saying cross country coaches like to use: “finish on empty”; our team did just that. I’m especially proud of our seniors. They have had to deal with such an unusual past two seasons as upper class men and have remained positive and resilient day in and day out. They have been (and I know will continue to be) an inspiration to the younger runners and us coaches. Speaking of, we have a lot of young talent and I’m looking forward to seeing some of our newer runners continue to grow stronger and faster in the next couple of years.”

In the JV races, the teams finished in the same order as the varsity races with Odgen winning, Morgan placing second and Grantsville securing third.  In the girls’ JV race, Ogden and Morgan claimed the first 12 spots.  Grantsville freshman Isabela Bates (28:26.7) finished 13th and senior Abigail Swallom (29:16.7) earned 15th.  Senior Lydia Steere (32:16.0), sophomore Breelyn O’Connor (34:32.3) and freshman Kaiya Petersen (34:45.4) finished 19th, 20th and 21st. 

In the boys’ race, Ogden JV runners earned 1-12 place in the boys’ race.  Grantsville freshmen Clifford Richardson (19:17.6) and Hudson Clark (19:20.8) along with junior Matthew Buchanan (19:43.6) were the top three male JV finishers in 14th, 16th and 18th places..  Other times for Grantsville runners were Eric Jex (20:03.1); Dustin Carter (20:33.2); Daxton Lear (20:43.6); Alex Mecham (20:01.0); Kanyon Norris (21:30.3); Caleb Keller (21:41.2); Zachary Dutson (21:57.7); Gregory Wallace (23:08.4); and James Swallom (23:26.1). 

The Cowboy varsity teams will compete in the 3A State Championship Meet held at Rose Park Athletic Complex on Wednesday, October 27, 2021.

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