Only three of the 12 teams in Wednesday’s combined Region 11 and Region 13 pre-region meet at the Cottonwood Complex in the Salt Lake Valley hailed from Tooele County.
They may have been outnumbered, but they still couldn’t be beaten.
The Stansbury boys and girls swept the team titles, while Grantsville’s Porter Whitworth dominated the boys race to take individual honors as the teams got a look at the course they’ll compete on for their respective region championships in a little more than a month.
Whitworth’s winning time of 15 minutes, 36.33 seconds was 13.67 seconds ahead of runner-up Jared Wayment of Bonneville, though it was 42.6 seconds slower than his winning time at the Premier Invitational in August on the same course. Stansbury’s Josh Oblad was third, clocking in at 15:57.27, with Bonneville’s Ayden Womack (15:57.97) and Ogden’s Christopher Allred (16:02.09) rounding out the top five.
Stansbury won the boys’ team title with 54 points to Ogden’s 66. Carson Belnap (eighth, 16:12.58), Nathan Winters (10th, 16:30.44), Tyler Seeley (15th, 16:43.62) and Talmage Ricks (18th, 16:49.39) were the Stallions’ other scoring runners along with Oblad. Grantsville was fourth with 90 points, led by Whitworth and sixth-place finisher Seth Beckett (16:06.97). Jordan Wheeler (21st, 17:03.05), Caden Williams (25th, 17:13.53) and Wyatt Teggins (43rd, 18:05.09) also figured in the scoring for the Cowboys.
Tooele’s boys were sixth with 145 points, led by Teagun Palmer’s 11th-place finish (16:33.71). Tyler Stewart (28th, 17:16.8), Christopher Day (34th, 17:50.3), Joel Brown (38th, 17:55.09) and Parker Hansen (49th, 18:29.11) finished in the other scoring positions for the Buffaloes.
Consistency helped the Stansbury girls edge Ogden by a single point for their team title, 53-54. Ogden had three girls in the top five finishers overall, but Stansbury had eight runners finish between seventh and 18th and Ogden’s final two scoring runners were outside the top 20. McKenna Rogers led the Stallions in seventh place with a time of 21:15.5. Shelby Archer was ninth in 21:17.5, and teammate Eliza Beazer was right behind in 10th place in 21:17.8. Katelin Chipman (12th, 21:20.3) and Brooke Call (15th, 21:30.2) rounded out the scoring, with Elena Allen (16th, 21:31.8), Miranda Allen (17th, 21:32.8) and Joelle Spilker (18th, 21:34.4) helping push their teammates to victory.
Tooele finished fourth with 94 points, and was led by junior Jessica Glaser’s eighth-place finish (21:17.2). Makayla Komer (14th, 21:26.3), Grace Jenkins (19th, 21:39.09), Jennifer Thomas (26th, 22:13.2) and Holly Johansen (32nd, 22:38) were the Buffaloes’ other scoring runners.
Grantsville finished seventh in the girls’ race with 170 points. Sarah Kurtz was the first Cowboys runner to cross the finish line, coming across in 22:13.4 to finish 27th overall. Lindsey Palmer was 31st in 22:34, followed by Lyndee Limburg (41st, 23:07.5), Rachel Barker (51st, 23:40.7) and Lindsay Riches (52nd, 23:44.3).
Tooele will compete Friday at the Night Hunt Invitational at Payson High School, as well as Saturday at the Wasatch Invitational at Soldier Hollow. Stansbury’s next meet will be at the Region 11 race in Settlement Canyon on Wednesday, while Grantsville will host a Region 13 meet at Grantsville Reservoir on Wednesday afternoon.