Seven Grantsville boys, led by Colin Arave, finished in the top 15 at a Region 11 cross country meet Wednesday in Settlement Canyon.
Arave finished more than 40 seconds ahead of the rest of the field, and set a personal best time at a cross country meet.
“My previous best time was 16 (minutes) flat at the region meet last year at Cottonwood Complex,” Arave said after the race. “It’s taken a while, and I’m getting back to where I was last year.”
Arave finished 11th overall last year at the region meet. His winning time on Wednesday was 15.56.29. Tooele’s Isael Lomeli finished second with a time of 16.37.74.
Stansbury runners held back at Wednesday’s meet as they get ready for a meet Friday in Idaho Falls, which features several high school teams.
Grantsville runners in the top 15 included Brandon Passey, fourth; Wesley Allen, seventh; Paul Blackhurst, ninth; Landon Whitworth, 10th; Jonathan Riches, 11th; and Zachary Gamble 14th.
Tooele senior Nick Gamble finished 15th. The Buffaloes’ Zach Marble placed 20th and Alex Toone 21st.
Stansbury’s team filtered in after 16th place and beyond in a race that featured 127 runners.
Ben Lomond’s Adam Heiner finished third overall with a time of 16:39.38. Bear River competed with junior varsity kids with Colton Norr 12th and Jackson Wall 13th.
Grantsville finished first with 31 points, Ben Lomond 39, Bear River 84, Tooele 89 and Stansbury 136.
Even while running at “recovery” speed, Stansbury girls finished strong based on numbers. Grantsville ended up winning the team competition with 62 points followed by Stansbury with 65, Tooele 78, Bear River 124, Ben Lomond 291.
The top four finishers, however, were from Tooele.
Shawni Williams, Tooele, finished first with a time of 20.20 followed by Grantsville’s Kristen Rust at 21.10.
“My mindset was to get out in front quickly and stay there,” Williams said. “I ended up with my best time so far this year.”
A trio of Tooele runners finished third through fifth with Megan Webb, Eva Olcoh and Courtney Chambers, respectively. Grantsville’s Christina Gunderson and Taeler Johnson finished eighth and 10th respectively.
A pack of six Stansbury runners finished 11th through 16th. They included Stehani Patten, Mikelle Rogers, Kaitlin Palmer, Maggie Beazer, Cate Siniscalchi and Sabrina Roberts. Kimberly Whitworth of Grantsville placed 17th with Amber Graves, KaSandra Nordgren and Jessica Chipman, all of Stansbury, rounding out the top 20.