X-Country teams persists with big finishes
Carbon Cross Country ran a pair of meets last week and continued to make their mark. On Saturday, Sept. 12 the teams participated in a large meet at the Soldier Hollow Course in Midway. Both the Carbon girls and boys teams placed second in the 3A level. Teams from 2A through 5A schools participated in the grueling race. On Wednesday the Dino teams headed over to Vernal.
Sept 12 was the Dinos first look at the region course in Soldier Hollow. This is a region course and the Dinos will have two more meets there later in the season.
"Boy did we get a good look at it," remarked Coach Telisse Allen. "Lets just say we will be doing some hill work to prepare for it next time. The hills were quite intimidating, not only were they steep and long, but there was also steep downhills. Hard to believe that downhill running could be a challenge. Hard on the body."
The girls ran well against mainly 4A and 5A schools beating some of them. They finished second behind North Sanpete.
Regan Powell was 20 overall and the third in 3A.
"Her (Powell) finish is really good based on what 5A schools were in attendance. They got a good look at the course and will know what to expect next time we compete for the pre-region meet on Sept. 29 and then again for region meet in mid October," added Allen.
For the Carbon boys, Cody Hunt was first finisher. He was followed by Austin Pullan and Justin Hepworth. Kaleb Kulow had a shoe lace come undone in the first 800 meters but continued with it slipping on and off his foot. He still finished forth for the team. Luke Olsen was fifth.
The Dinos finished with a tight gap between them as Wasatch came out ahead this time.
Allen wasn't disappointment though. "With some hill work and mental preparation for this course the boy's team will make Wasatch work harder next time on there home course," he said.
With little time to rest up the teams traveled to the Vernal golf course on Wednesday. The meet allowed the team a chance to see another one of their new region 10 courses. Teams in attendance were Emery, Uintah, Union, Altamont, and Duchsne. The biggest competition for the girls was 4A Uintah.
At the start, the Uintah girls had a tight pack of five girls leading with Carbon's five right on their heels. Powell and Jade Johnson (Uintah) soon pulled away with a 50 meter lead on the rest of the field. Diana Olsen, Sierra Williams, and Karissa Nelson had also pulled away from Uintah's runners.
Powell finished strong but was edged out by Johnson by three seconds. Olsen, Williams and Nelson finished ahead of Uintah's third, forth, and fifth runners. Carbon girls took first with a score of 25-31 over Uintah.
For the boys, Cody Hunt ran to a strong forth place finish overall with a time of 17:41. He was followed by the mass of blue. Justin Hepworth was fifth in a time of 17:55. Kaleb Kulow was sixth, Luke Olsen seventh and Austin Pullan completed the race in 10th. The Carbon boy's top five took five of the top 10 spots bringing home a win.
Carbon has a home meet on Wednesday Sept 24. The start time for the meet is 4 p.m. with the girls race, followed by the boys.
The start and end of the race is at the Carbon High track.