The state of Utah has long been one of the premier areas for harriers and Wednesday’s race was yet another reminder. One can cite a litany of great runners including Josh Rohatinsky & Luke Puskedra on the guys’ side to Kelsey Braithwaite and Laura Zeigle on that of the gals, but the 2013 crop included a number of names that deserve to b included on the short list of Ute greats. No name, however, will outshine the brilliant performance of Sarah Feeney of Ogden, who zipped to victory in the 4A division in 17:25. Not only was the Foot Locker finalists finishing time 48 seconds faster than second place finisher Hannah Malone of Box Elder but it also eclipsed the mark set by Braithwaite by eleven seconds on the three mile course in Salt Lake City. This course, it should be noted, is at altitude. An added bonus for Feeney is that she led her squad to the team title over Timpanogos 98 to 103.
Mary Christensen of Timpanogos with her third place mark of 18:17 and Malika Holbrook of Woods Cross earned fourth with 18:18:18. Maple Mountain runners Britney Lund (18:22) and Megan Gutke (18:30) garnered fifth & sixth respectively, as they led their team to a fourth place finish behind Skyline. Skyline had 120 points to earn a nine point margin over Maple.
Conner Mantz of Sky View showed that he was a precocious talent last year, when he became one of the relatively few sophomore guys to qualify for the prestigious Foot Locker National race. This year the junior athlete raced away from the 4A field to win by twenty-five seconds with a time of15:11. Mike Buckley of Ogden claimed second in 15:36 and was followed by Gavin Hardy of Salem Hills, who ran 15:43 & nipped Matt Owens of Orem. Orem, which annexed the team title over Timpanogos by a 71 – 105 margin, also received a fifth place finish from Kyle Bunker, who was timed in15:47.
The girls’ 5A race went true to form with Lucy Biles of Herriman winning convincingly in 17:41 to defend the crown she won in 2012. Aubrey Argyle, a freshman from Davis, placed second in 18:09 to lead her compatriots to a team title with a low of 27 points, as American Fork was a distant second with 90. Apparently Davis has the distinction of establishing a new low as far as overall team time with a combined time of 92:27.8 according to Amy Donaldson of the Deseret News. Bingham had held the record with 93:50. Placing third was Tavia Dutson of Jordan with 18:14, who finished four seconds ahead of Taylor Cox of Davis. Courtney Wayment of Northridge was fifth in 18:19.
Connor McMillan of American Fork achieved a bit of an upset by rolling to victory in the days’ best time of 15:04. Kramer Morton of Alta, a 2012 Foot Locker finalist, had an off day placing only sixth in15:42. Clayson Shumway sped home second in 15:23 and Zachary Jacklin of the Fork was third in15:27. Andrew Brewer of Bingham took fourth in 15:36, while fifth went to Rory Linkletter of Herriman, who ran 15:42. Braydon Lavery, also from Alta, shared that time finishing in seventh. American Fork won the 5A title with 44 points topping Lone Pine, which had 82 & Davis’s 107.
Aimee Bryson of Center City had the third best female time of the day, as she triumphed in 3A with a mark of 17:58. Maddie Criscone ran 18:02 to take second and lead Park City to a sweep of the next three places and a State title. McKenzie Bothner (18:06) & Alyssa Snyder (18:24) supported the Park City cause taking third & fourth respectively. Garrett Marsing of Carbon annexed the boys’ title with16:02 with Byron Warby of Pine View coming in second just six seconds later.
Ryan Westermann of Rowland Hall scored in 2A with 16:09 & Anna Camp of Millard edged Emily Sundquist of Rowland Hall by three-tenths of a second with her time of 19:16.5. Jack McCulloch of Wasatch Academy just missed laurels with his time of 16:10. The 1A titles went to Whittni Orton of Panguitch with 19:23 and Easton Nielson of Monticello in 16:41.