On Wednesday afternoon, 140 Tooele County junior high runners converged at the Stansbury High Track to race against each other. Representing Excelsior Academy, Clark N. Johnson Jr. High, Grantsville Jr. High, Saint Marguerite Catholic School, Scholar Academy and Tooele Junior High, these runners came to compete in the third race of the season.
In the girls’ race, 41 young athletes pushed themselves to the limit in the 1.6 mile course. Tooele Jr. High’s Macie Gustin outpaced the pack and won by over 20 seconds in 10:55. She was followed by her teammate Riley Hendrix at 11:16 while Clark N. Johnson’s Dailey Dearden claimed third (11:24). Two more Clark runners claimed fourth and fifth: Emily Mecham (11:29) and Alison Lovell (11:43). Saint Marguerite’s Jane Whittle (11:43) earned sixth place while Tooele’s Mekensie Jensen (11:55) came in seventh. Eighth, ninth and 10th places were Sophia Camargo from Grantsville (11:57); Paisley Williams from Clark (11:58) and Anna Wexels from Tooele (11:58). Excelsior’s top finisher was Abigail Arnell (12:18) in 14th place.
The 91 boys competing set a fast pace in their race with Clark N. Johnson racing to the top three spots. Zane Geddes won the event by 23 seconds in 9:04 with Hayden Johnson (9:27) placing second and Ethan Belnap (9:30) coming in third. Excelsior’s Isaac Simper took fourth (9:33), and Scholar Academy’s Bridger C. (9:41) claimed fifth place honors. Peter Thorpe (9:43) from Tooele finished sixth, and Will Rawlings (9:52) from Clark was seventh. Rounding out the top 10 in eighth, ninth and 10th places were Bridger Hansen (Tooele-10:00); Joseph Ricks (Clark-10:09) and Jude Barker (Tooele-10:17). Nick Dutson (10:45) was Grantsville’s top finisher in 15th place with Dalton Whittle (12:51) leading the boys’ team from St. Marguerite’s.
The junior high cross country teams will race again next Tuesday at Tooele Junior High. The girls’ race will begin at 4:30 pm and the boys’ race will start at 5:00 pm.
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