Cross country runs its way to state

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Cross country runs its way to state

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After a very successful experience at regions, the cross country team is looking forward to running in the state competition on October 17.

Regions took place on October 5 at Hunter park. Boys varsity took first place with 16 points, girls varsity took second with 32 points. Girls JV got first with a perfect score of 15 and boys JV took first with 16 points.

Both varsity teams qualified to run at state. According to head coach and social studies teacher Scott Stucki, almost everyone ran a PR which means a personal record.

Last year the team took eleventh place overall in the state and are definitely looking to improve on that.

“It was rough. Some people had really good races and some people had really bad races,” says junior Nate Diggins, who took 150th in last years race.

Stucki also says last year was a little disappointing. This year, however, he is more optimistic. He says they want to place in the top five and at worst they want to place in the top half. They especially want to beat Kearns high school because their top three varsity girls were the reason that the Hillcrest girls did not win at regions.

“We have a better team this year,” says Diggins.  

Cross country is scored based on the place that individual runners take in the race. For example, a runner taking fifth place will earn their team five points. All runners run three miles and the lowest combined score wins.

For those interested in watching, the girls will run at two o’clock and the boys will run at three o’clock on Wednesday at Sugarhouse Park.

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