Leave everything on the course: Cross Country Region

“Leave everything on the course!” said cross country Coach Scott Stucki the night of September 30.

On Thursday October 1, Hillcrest Cross Country made some records for the books! From qualifying for state on both boys and girls varsity teams, to coming back from weeks of quarantine, the team had an overall great region race.

Region was October 1st at Cottonwood Complex in Cottonwood Heights, Utah. There were 6 races total, going every 30 minutes and starting at 3:30. The races consisted of 2 varsity races, 2 Junior Varsity Top 10 races, and 2 JV races. For each race there was a boys and girls heat.

Other than the effort that comes from running as hard as you can, this race was relatively easy for most of the team. Region is held every year at Cottonwood Complex, and there are multiple other races held there as well.

Anthony Davies, Hillcrests boys varsity top runner, placed first in the boys varsity heat.

“I love this team,” said Ryan Caswell, a senior on the JV team. “I like to think of it more as a family. With all of the hard runs and struggles we’ve gone through together we get closer and everyone is extremely supportive and fun to be around.”

The cross country team is like a family to not only Caswell, but the entire team and coach as well. 

Stucki said, “I have often said I feel an almost parental obligation to the kids on the team.”

“I really think that the team has a good relationship with each other, we are like family,” said Claire Hastings, a freshman on the JV team.

This is Claire Hastings’ first year running cross country at Hillcrest. She loves running and is following the footsteps of her older siblings. One of which was Zack Hastings, one of Hillcrests’ fastest cross country runners who graduated just a couple years ago. 

Claire Hastings said, “I think I did pretty good. The hardest part was keeping my pace the whole time, I set a hard pace for myself.

Claire Hastings ran in the JV top 10 race, and now qualifies as an alternate for Varsity. 

Speaking of Varsity, the girls varsity team is on their way to qualify for state. All seven varsity runners ran a time under 21 minutes, winning them third place title.

There were many personal records made at Region. Stucki said he is always proud of the work the team puts in and how hard they run at races.

“Ain’t no other team as dope and swagger as us!” said Caswell.