Stansbury qualified both its boys and girls teams for the Utah Cross Country Championships scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 27 at the Regional Athletic Complex in Rose Park. Tooele’s boys team also qualified for the race. Tooele’s girls team failed to qualify, but Tooele’s Hannah Prusse and Rebekah Medley qualified as individuals.
Stansbury and Tooele jumped up to the 5A ranks this year, and because more schools compete in the 6A and 5A compared to all other classifications, divisional races are held to narrow the number of entrants at the state meet.
The 5A divisional races included a Men’s A Section and a Men’s B Section, along with a Women’s A Section and Women’s B Section.
Teams need to finish among the top 12 in their sections to qualify for the state meet.
Stansbury’s boys placed third in Section B with100 points, and the girls placed fourth in Section B with 158 points.
Tooele’s boys finished 10th in Section A with 279 points. Tooele’s girls finished 13th with 357 points
Tooele junior Garrett Palmer shined at the race to finish 18th overall in his division with a time 16:54.4 against a field of 119 runners. Palmer’s teammates K Stoddard and Parker Hansen placed 52nd, and 53rd. Lincoln Kenison placed 74th, Carter Day 80th, Garrett Lawton 82nd, and Griffen Bronder 85th.
Mountain View’s Liam Heniger won Section A with a time of 15:56.3.
Stansbury senior Lance Larsen placed 13th in Section B with a time of 17:08.5. Running with him were teammates Brent Beazer, 14th; and Charlie Cook, 15th. Jaden Gates placed 24th, Paul Scown 34th, Kaemon Dix 64th and JJ Allen 77th.
Leading the Stallions in the women’s division were Erin Allen 22nd, Ellie Dangerfield 28th, Alexis Dansie 35th, Hannah Lovell 36th, Jessica Beazer 37th, Alyana Geddes 46th, and Nicole Payne 49th. Tooele’s Prusse finished 59th, and Medley 69th.
Stansbury’s boys finished sixth last year at the state 4A meet in Cedar City with Jacob Simper leading the way with a ninth-place finish. Tooele placed 14th with Garrett Lawton leading the way.
Stansbury’s girls placed 12th in 4A last season with Tooele 15th. The Stallions were led by Erin Allen and Eliza Beazer and Tooele by Holly Johansen.
Stansbury coach Steve Allen said there are top runners in both 4A and 5A, but more of them in 5A because of all the teams.
“It’s definitely a step up with 33 teams in 5A. There is little room for off days in 5A,” the coach said.
“Both our boys and girls won at region this year, but our boys had to really fight to hold off Tooele,” Allen said. “Garrett Palmer is excellent; he is a real runner.”
Stansbury features six women who finish races in a tight pack with Allen, Dangerfield, Dansie, Lovell and Beazer.
“We ran really well at divisionals and seem to be getting better and stronger as we get closer to State, which has always been the plan,” Allen said.
Palmer’s 18th-place finish was a highlight for the Buffaloes.
“He’s getting stronger each race,” said Tooele coach Johnathan Lundgreen.“Our runners did a good job. It was super rainy and it’s hard to run in cold weather. We’ll continue to run five days a week as we get ready for state.”