The Stansbury boys cross-country team put together a strong effort in Wednesday’s Class 4A state championship meet at Cedar High School in Cedar City, finishing sixth overall after taking top honors in 2019.
The meet was dominated by runners from Region 9, Class 4A’s southernmost region. In fact, Stansbury was the top non-Region 9 team in the field, with Desert Hills recording 44 points to win the team title. Cedar City was second with 73 points, followed by Hurricane (106), Snow Canyon (124) and Pine View (133).
The Stallions’ 168-point effort was led by Jacob Simper, who finished ninth overall with a time of 16 minutes, 12.4 seconds. Noah Hales was 25th in 16:40.6, with Oliver Sill 32nd in 16:54.5, Tyler Seeley 43rd in 17:06.2 and Wyatt Gleed 62nd in 17:23.6. Sam Russell (71st, 17:31.8) and Lanse Larsen (87th, 17:46.5) also took part in the race for the Stallions.
Garrett Lawton’s 53rd-place finish (17:15.6) led Tooele’s boys to a 14th-place finish with 358 points. He was joined by teammates Parker Hansen (68th, 17:30.4), K Stoddard (84th, 17:41.9), Garrett Palmer (86th, 17:45.4) and Joseph Wilkins (92nd, 17:52.7). Carter Clayton (112th, 18:12.3) and Carter Day (115th, 18:16.1) ran for the Buffaloes, as well.
Hurricane’s Josh Armstrong won the individual title with a time of 15:24.5, just ahead of runner-up Carson Helmer of Desert Hills (15:31.3).
Other Region 10 teams in the field included Ogden (seventh), Cedar Valley (10th), Juan Diego (16th) and Uintah (18th).
Class 4A girls
The Stansbury girls finished 12th overall, led by Erin Allen’s 40th-place finish in 20:18.1. Eliza Beazer was 47th in 20:29.8, followed by Brooke Call in 67th in 21:10.4, Nicole Payne (78th, 21:25.4) and Elena Allen (81st, 21:36.7) were the Stallions’ other scoring runners, giving them a total of 307 points. Alexis Dansie (89th, 22:00.6) and Tatelyn Larsen (109th, 22:50.3) also competed for Stansbury.
Tooele, which finished 15th with 416 points, was led by Holly Johansen’s 51st-place effort in 20:40.7. Jennifer Thomas was 75th in 21:17.9, with Grace Jenkins 98th in 22:24.8, Samantha Stuart 102nd in 22:32.9 and Hannah Prusse 107th in 22:49.6. Rebekah Medley (111th, 22:53.2) and Keira Stewart (112th, 22:54.9) crossed the line together to complete the Buffaloes’ effort.
Hurricane’s Caila Odekirk led wire-to-wire for her second consecutive individual title, finishing in 17:45.5 to beat Sky View’s Kate Dickson by 36.9 seconds. Pine View won the team title with 72 points, followed by Desert Hills (92), Ridgeline (103), Cedar City (141) and Bear River (162). Ogden was the top Region 10 team in the field, finishing eighth. Uintah was 16th, Cedar Valley was 17th and Juan Diego was 18th.
Wendover’s Xochil Duenas finished 38th in the 1A girls race, clocking in at 26:20.6. Panguitch’s Adelaide Englestead edged Milford’s Kinley Spaulding by six-tenths of a second for the individual title with a winning time of 19:29.7, leading the Bobcats to the team championship by 33 points over Bryce Valley.
Wendover also had two runners compete in the 1A boys race, led by Jimmy Escareno’s 55th-place finish in 21:30.1. Brian Maxwell was 81st in 25:38.5. Panguitch’s Porter Schoppe won the state title in 16:46.2 — 38.1 seconds ahead of runner-up Brock Syrett of Bryce Valley — and Piute won the team championship by 38 points over Water Canyon.