High school cross country: Park City girls, Pine View boys race to titles
By Dan Rasmusen
MURRAY — Fresh off a narrow win over what was a very strong field at the BYU Autumn Classic last weekend, Park City's girls cross-country runners knew they wouldn't be sneaking up on anybody when they again tested themselves against the best the state has to offer.
We knew, said Park City coach Jeff Wyant, that we were wearing the target.
Not only did his girls handle the pressure of the situation, however, they thrived off it.
Up against the state's elite girls teams for the second time in six days at the Murray Invitational on Friday, the 3A ranks' Park City again collectively flexed its muscles and stole the show.
Gillian Gorelik and Rebecca Cunningham finished third and fourth, respectively, for Park City, and the Miners got outstanding contributions from their other scorers — McKenzie Snyder, Alison Williams and Alexis Lee — en route to an impressive score of 63 to win over American Fork (81) and the rest of the field. Davis was third with 107.
Meanwhile, Pine View of 4A finally put it all together at a big meet to post a narrow win on the boys side. The Panthers' score of 100 edged Timpanogos (107) and Davis (112).
Some people fold under pressure, said Wyant. A lot of runners don't run quite as well when the pressure's on, (but) we're lucky enough to have a core group of girls that thrive under the pressure. ... They've got it in their heads that can do it, and they're following through. They're a tough bunch.
They most certainly were on Friday.
Gorelick and Cunningham challenged for top individual honors in the girls race and posted very impressive 3-4 finishes, and Park City's other runners were stellar, too.
Wyant had lots of praise for his third, fourth and fifth runners, who all excelled in their own ways on Friday to boost Park City to its second impressive invitational win in as many weeks.
On the other hand, Pine View's boys team felt like it had a lot more to give than it had shown in previous early-season invitationals, as the Panthers were beaten convincingly by fellow 4A contender Mountain View at the SUU Invite and at the BYU Autumn Classic.
Neither of Mountain View's teams participated at the Murray meet on Friday, but Pine View nonetheless took some huge steps forward and showed it has the potential to legitimately contend for the 4A crown.
Trevor Thompson and Corey Kimzey finished 5-7 to lead the way for Pine View, and the Panthers' entire varsity lineup excelled on Friday to give the St. George school a narrow victory over Timpanogos, Davis and the chasing pack.
Today they just knew it was time for us to stop being second, third or fourth at these big meets and (to) come up with a win, said Pine View coach Dave Holt, who singled out the significant contributions of No. 3 runner Austin Smith. After every one of those restarts, they kept getting stronger and stronger.
Individually, Lone Peak sophomore Steven Morrin attacked in the first half of the race and survived all the way to the finish to win individually on the boys side ahead of Ogden's Jacob Barton.
On the girls side, Davis junior Megan Hedquist kicked over the final few hundred yards to edge Box Elder sophomore Kelsey Braithwaite for the individual title.
Braithwaite edged Hedquist in similar fashion at the BYU Invite last week, but Hedquist had what it took on Friday to get the victory.
After it was that close last week, I knew if I could be close enough to her at the end that I could try to outkick (and have) a chance to win this one, said Hedquist. Murray Invitational
At Murray Park
Team scores: 1, Park City 63; 2, American Fork 81; 3, Davis 107; 4, Timpanogos 158; 5, Ogden 194; 6, Cedar 229; 7, Skyline 251; 8, Alta 260; 9, Mountain Crest 265; 10, Timpview 332. Story continues below
Individual results: 1, Meghan Hedquist, Davis, 19:03.0; 2, Kelsey Braithwaite, Box Elder, 19:06.3; 3, Gillian Gorelik, Park City, 19:15.0; 4, Rebecca Cunningham, Park City, 19:15.3; 5, Ashley Gray, Cedar, 19:16.9; 6, Summer Harper, Orem, 19:22.0; 7, Hannah Williams, Syracuse, 19:33.1; 8, Morgan Warner, American Fork, 19:40.7; 9, Tori Parkinson, Mountain Crest, 19:41.4; 10, Alexis Laws, American Fork, 19:45.0; 11, Jessica Wilding, Davis, 19:45.3; 12, Danielle West, American Fork, 19:50.9; 13, Andrea Chavez, St. Joseph, 19:52.6; 14, McKenzie Snyder, Park City, 19:54.9; 15, Cortney Labrum, Mountain Crest, 19:57.5.
Team scores: 1, Pine View 100; 2, Timpanogos 105; 3, Davis 112; 4, Canyon View 141; 5, Alta 192; 6, Orem 229; 7, Cedar 243; 8, Ogden 276; 9, Syracuse 304; 10, Mountain Crest 316.
Individual results: 1, Steven Morrin, Lone Peak, 15:54.1; 2, Jacob Barton, Ogden, 16:07.4; 3, Garrett Jones, Alta, 16:21.2; 4, Matt Wright, Canyon View, 16:23.0; 5, Trevor Thompson, Pine View, 16:27.9; 6, Jake Berlin, Timpanogos, 16:30.4; 7, Corey Kimzey, Pine View, 16:33.2; 8, Matt Liddle, Timpanogos, 16:36.0; 9, Russ Carnahan, Weber, 16:36.3; 10, Brayden Mickelson, Mountain Crest, 16:38.6; 11, Logan Petty, Davis, 16:40.5; 12, Joe White, Davis, 16:42.4; 13, Tyson Butler, Layton, 16:44.1; 14, Jeff Taylor, Davis, 16:47.5; 15, Jamal Tongo, Cyprus, 16:47.9.