Local Runners Compete in State Cross Country Competition


Photo courtesy of Telisse Martak

The 1A and 3A State Cross Country meets were hosted at Sugarhouse Park in Salt Lake City on Wednesday.

The fastest time of the three-mile, 3A race was 15:43, logged by Porter Whitworth from Grantsville. Bryar Mecccariello was the first Spartan to cross the line; he did so in fourth place with a time of 16:11. Sophomore Spartan Jess Christiansen ended in 12th overall (16:36). He was followed by teammates Beau Cook in 28th (17:26), Bryon Christiansen in 40th (17:53) and Merritt Meccariello in 47th (18:07).

Emery, as a team, finished in fourth place overall with a score of 115. Carbon took home the state title with a score of 57, followed by Richfield and Morgan with respective scores of 90 and 107.

Grand’s Kylah Ricks smoked her competition in the girls’ 3A, finishing 1.5 minutes faster than anyone else. She registered a time of 18:50. Grace Broadbear ended in 17th (21:20) for Carbon followed by freshman teammate Ambree Jones in 20th (21:35). Samantha Schaaugard took 49th (23:25) while Gracie Tatton ended in 56th (24:08) and Erin Stromness in 61st (24:22).

Freshman Lady Spartan Rileigh Meccariello led Emery with a 30th place finish (22:27). The rest of the Emery team completed the races as follows: freshman Ryleigh Laws in 35th (22:35), aophomore Adaley Lester in 43rd (23:05), freshman Kallee Cook in 45th (23:17) and Carlie Bennett in 54th (23:54).

Morgan won the state title on the girls’ side with a score of 37. Emery finished one point behind Richfield and ahead of Carbon to take eighth while the Lady Dinos took ninth.

In the 1A competition, Luke Reeder from Panguitch finished in first with a 17:16 time. Freshman Dalton Peirce led the Panthers in 22nd (19:07). To round out Pinnacle’s top five, Landen Hardy placed 41st (20:08), Raymond Bellamy 47th (20:35), Jason Scott 57th (21:22) and Dominic Gutierrez 58th (21:27). The Panthers finished in eighth place overall.

Panguitch also had the top runner in the girls’ 1A race, Taylia Norris, who crossed the line at 19:17. Sophomore Kemery Stuckenschneider was the fastest runner for the Lady Panthers, ending in 33rd (25:39). Stephanie Sasser placed 42nd (26:41), Jacee Atwood 52nd (28:34), Darolani Motte 66th (33:17) and Alana Lunelli 68th (33:21). The Lady Panthers’ score put them in 10th place as a team.

For a full list of results for all meets in all classifications, please click here.

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