If Stansbury High School will ever be dethroned as the cross-country champions of Tooele County, it likely won’t be this season. The Stallions cruised to dominating victories in both boys and girls divisions in the Region 11 pre-region race last week.
Junior Maggie Beazer won the girls race with a time of 19 minutes, 11.3 seconds in the 5-kilometer course, leading a pack seven of SHS runners who all finished in the top eight.
Bear River junior Kylie Larkin was the top runner from all other teams, taking fifth at 20:44.6 and spoiling Stansbury’s attempt at a perfect 15-point score.
Stansbury won with 16 points, Bear River took second with 53, Tooele third with 78, Grantsville fourth with 116 and Ben Lomond fifth with 134.
Stansbury junior Piercen Maez won the boys race in 15:44.2, while seniors Cameron Houston and Jaden Torgerson took second and third, out finishing Bear River junior Luke Summers. Grantsville’s Wesley Allen took sixth with a 16:26.7.
Stansbury won the boys race with 18 points, Bear River second with 55, Grantsville third with 90, Tooele fourth with 103 and Ben Lomond fifth with 112.
There’s not much question whether Stansbury will win the region title on both the boys and girls sides, but it’s still too early to talk about the Stallions winning a state championship.
SHS has attended two invitationals so far this season, and one was its poorly attended home meet. The other was the 2.85-mile Highland Invitational on Aug. 21. On the boys side, Stansbury was the highest-finishing 3A team in 10th place with 304 points, though the only other 3A school to field a full seven-man team was Uintah, which finished 22nd out of 30 teams with 571.
Maez was the top SHS runner at that meet also, but he placed well down the list at No. 28 with a 15:43.2.
The only top 3A team Stansbury faced on the girls side was Park City. PCHS senior Alyssa Snyder won the meet in 17:27.5 and helped her team to an 11th-place finish overall. Juab’s Kashley Carter was the next 3A division, finishing sixth with a 17:53.3. Beazer finished 29th against the higher competition level.
Stansbury and the rest of Region 11 will next compete at an open region race hosted by Ben Lomond at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10.