On Wednesday, the Region 10 and Region 13 cross-country teams got an early look at the Cottonwood Complex course where they will contest their region championship meets later this season.
If Wednesday’s meet was any indication, the course seems to suit Tooele County’s top runners just fine.
Grantsville senior Porter Whitworth won the boys’ race with a time of 15 minutes, 48.9 seconds — 27.6 seconds faster than his nearest competitor, Ogden’s Sam Boehm. Whitworth was one of six Tooele County boys to finish in the top-10 overall.
Stansbury’s Carson Belnap (fourth, 16:34.8), Josh Oblad (fifth, 16:40.2), Isaac Nelson (eighth, 16:49.6) and Nathan Winters (ninth, 16:50.0), along with Jacob Simper (14th, 17:05.2), led the Stallions to a second-place finish with 40 points, just seven off the pace set by Ogden. Stansbury had a solid all-around team effort, with Nathan Leary (15th, 17:06.0), Jeremy Ruebush (16th, 17:07.4) and Oliver Sill (20th, 17:19.5) also finishing in the top 20.
Tooele’s boys finished third with 101 points. The Buffaloes were led by Tyler Stewart’s sixth-place finish, which came in a time of 16:40.3. Joel Brown was 17th in 17:10.2, while Christopher Day was 27th in 17:47.7, Joseph Wilkins was 32nd in 17:57.2 and Garrett Palmer rounded out the team score with a 33rd-place finish in 17:57.6.
Whitworth’s winning effort led Grantsville’s boys to a fourth-place team finish. Wyatt Teggins was 18th in 17:12.6, followed by teammates Jordan Wheeler (22nd, 17:26.1), Caden Williams (28th, 17:48.9) and Evan Thomas (57th, 18:52.4).
Stansbury’s girls team also brought home a second-place team finish as Ogden posted a near-perfect score of 19. The Stallions finished with 75 points, thanks to a remarkably consistent effort that saw all five of their scoring runners finish together in a span of 10.3 seconds. Elena Allen was the first Stansbury runner to cross the finish line, earning 13th place in 22:06.0. She was followed by Tatelyn Larsen (14th, 22:12.4), Shelby Archer (15th, 22:14.2), Brooke Call (16th, 22:14.9) and Julie Starr (17th, 22:16.3). Olivia Packer, who just missed contributing to the team score, finished 19th in 22:32.7.
Tooele’s Jennifer Thomas was the top female finisher from Tooele County, finishing 12th in 21:58.6 and helping the Buffaloes finish fourth with 127 points — just one point behind third-place Morgan. Olivia Lowery was 18th in 22:21.7, with Holly Johansen 25th in 22:47.9. Grace Jenkins was 37th in 23:34.4 and Mayling Jorgensen was 46th in 24:06.2.
Grantsville’s girls finished seventh with 161 points, with Cedar Valley fifth (129) and Uintah sixth (144). Lindsey Palmer was the top finisher for the Cowboys, coming home with a 23rd-place finish in 22:42.5. Ellie Lowery was 33rd in 23:14.8 and teammate Erin Petersen was 34th in 23:18.6. Reagan Wexels finished 39th in 23:45.0 and Lydia Schoenfeld was Grantsville’s final scoring runner, crossing the line 50th in 24:26.6.
Grantsville, Tooele and Stansbury will all be back in action Wednesday in Settlement Canyon for a meet hosted by the Buffaloes.