The Grantsville girls cross-country team capped its 2020 season with a sixth-place finish at the Class 3A state championship meet Thursday morning at Soldier Hollow in Midway.
Cowboys junior Ellie Lowery led her team with a 10th-place overall finish, clocking in at 22 minutes, 25.0 seconds. Sophomores Bethany Swallom and Patience Garcia were the next Grantsville runners to cross the finish line, with Swallom finishing 29th in 24:24.0 and Garcia 33rd in 24:59.6. Junior Erin Petersen (41st, 25:30.3) and senior Reagan Wexels (55th, 26:57.1) completed Grantsville’s scoring, giving the Cowboys 145 points.
Seniors Acelyn Fuentes (60th, 27:53.7) and Jade Garcia (70th, 29:52.8) were the Cowboys’ other representatives.
Grand’s Kylah Ricks won the individual title with a time of 20:00.5, beating Morgan’s Oakley Olson by 10.5 seconds. Morgan won the team title with 49 points, followed by North Sanpete (78), Carbon (86), Manti (90) and Richfield (143). Union was seventh with 149 points, with Judge Memorial (195) in eighth and Emery (215) in ninth.
Grantsville’s boys team finished 10th overall with 248 points. Junior Connor Paxman was the Cowboys’ top finisher, crossing the line in 20:10.1 to grab 46th place. Sophomore John Ussing was 52nd in 20:29.7, with senior Zack Hale close behind in 55th place with a time of 20:39.6. Sophomore Blake Bunderson (62nd, 21:06.0) and senior Evan Thomas (64th, 21:26.1) were Grantsville’s other scoring runners, with sophomore David Cowdell (70th, 21:59.1) and senior James Limburg (73rd, 22:27.5) also competing.
Morgan’s Gabe Sargent won the individual title by nine seconds over Richfield’s Richard Crane with a time of 17:34.1. Emery won the team state championship with 66 points, edging Richfield (67) and Morgan (78). Union was fourth with 114 points, followed by Judge Memorial (116), Carbon (143), Manti (153), North Sanpete (226) and Juab (245).
This year’s Class 3A, 5A and 6A state cross-country championship meets were contested at Soldier Hollow after being moved from their traditional location at Sugar House Park and Highland High School in Salt Lake City because of COVID-19 restrictions. Classes 1A, 2A and 4A had their state-championship meet Wednesday at Cedar High School in Cedar City.