As the summer sun gives way to the colors of fall, the Tooele and Stansbury cross country teams are gearing up for next month’s Region 10 and Class 4A championship meets against some stiff competition.
Their latest test came last Friday at the Spanish Fork Sports Complex, where the Buffaloes and Stallions took part in the UIAAA Invitational against a field that included 20 Class 6A and Class 5A schools. Tooele and Stansbury joined Cedar City as the only Class 4A schools in the field, while seven Class 3A schools, eight Class 2A schools and two Class 1A schools also competed.
The Stansbury boys finished seventh overall in the varsity race with 218 points, three points behind sixth-place Mountain View and eight points behind fifth-place Payson. The Stallions finished second among Class 4A schools, as Cedar City finished third overall. Jacob Simper paced the Stallions with a 15th-place finish in 15 minutes, 57.31 seconds, with teammate Tyler Seeley 27th in 16:09.72. Noah Hales (52nd, 16:41.24), Wyatt Gleed (57th, 16:45.37) and Oliver Sill (79th, 17:04.12) were Stansbury’s other scoring runners, with Sam Russell (116th, 17:38.90) and Lanse Larsen (121st, 17:42.96) also in the field.
Tooele’s boys finished 22nd with 577 points, 20 behind Alta and seven ahead of Bingham. K Stoddard’s 85th-place finish in 17:11.31 led the Buffaloes, with Parker Hansen (111th, 17:34.21), Garrett Palmer (114th, 17:38.06), Joel Brown (140th, 18:08.56) and Garrett Lawton (149th, 18:17.62) rounding out the Buffs’ scoring. Joseph Wilkins (152nd, 18:25.65) and Carter Clayton (153rd, 18:27.68) were close behind Lawton.
Stansbury’s girls finished 11th with 313 points and Tooele was 20th with 538. Stansbury was the top 4A team, as Cedar City finished 12th, 20 points behind the Stallions. Eliza Beazer was 45th in 20:03.50 for the Stallions, with Erin Allen 54th in 20:20.47. Nicole Payne was 63rd in 20:30.81, with Elena Allen 77th in 20:44.37 and Brooke Call 79th in 20:44.87. Tatelyn Larsen (85th, 20:50.02) and Dazren Osborn (135th, 22:33.75) completed Stansbury’s effort.
Holly Johansen’s 62nd-place time of 20:28.50 led Tooele. Jennifer Thomas was 81st in 20:45.34, followed by Grace Jenkins (116th, 21:53.18), Joscelyn McAllister (140th, 22:42.09) and Keira Stewart (149th, 23:08.52). Hannah Prusse (151st, 23:10.31) and Abby Jenkins (161st, 23:30.52) were the Buffs’ other representatives in the race.
Tooele and Stansbury competed in a Region 10 meet at Big Dee Sports Park in Ogden on Wednesday afternoon, with the Tooele girls bringing home a second-place finish.
The Buffaloes finished with 59 points to Ogden’s 17. Uintah was third with 69 points and Stansbury was fourth with 110.
Johansen finished fifth for Tooele in 19:21. Thomas was 13th in 21:13, and Stewart was 19th in 21:26. Rebekah Medley (21st, 21:28) and McAllister (22nd, 21:29) rounded out the scoring for the Buffs.
Brooke Powelson was Stansbury’s top female finisher, clocking in at 21:18 to finish 16th overall. Hannah Lovell (31st, 22:42), Ava VanMoorlehem (34th, 22:51), Kate McCubbins (36th, 23:00) and Kate Ricks (39th, 23:04) finished in scoring positions for the Stallions.
Ogden won the boys race, followed by Cedar Valley and Uintah. Tooele was fourth with 119, followed by Stansbury with 142. Ben Lomond finished sixth.
Joshua Furniss was Tooele’s top finisher, crossing the line 22nd in 17:28. Jack Wexels (25th, 17:40), Carter Day (27th, 17:41), Carson Hendrix (33rd, 18:00) and Lincoln Kenison (44th, 18:30) were the Buffs’ other scoring runners.
Carter Bell (31st, 17:52) led the Stansbury contingent, with Joseph Clonts (18:04), Noah Cloward (18:05), Chase Williams (18:06) and Ian Squires (18:09) finishing 36th through 39th.
Tooele will compete in a meet at Fairview Golf Course next Wednesday, with the Region 10 championships set for Oct. 9 at the Cottonwood Complex. The Class 4A state meet will be Oct. 21 in Cedar City.