Garrett Marsing races to state cross-country win
He had a goal coming into the season that he wanted to be the best runner in 3A.
For Carbon High's Garrett Marsing, that goal became a reality last Wednesday.
Marsing, a senior, took first place in the 3A boys race with a time of 16:02.9 just beating out Pine View High's Byron Warby who finished in 16:08.7.
"Determination and hard work over the last few months got him this state title," said CHS head coach Telisse Allen.
But to win the 3A state title, Marsing had to overcome more than just his fellow runners. Marsing sprained his ankle on Tuesday night before the race the following morning. Allen said three different doctors looked at his ankle which required ice, ibuprofen and an oral steroid to quell the symptoms. Marsing said his Achilles was the only thing that was bothering him but that it wouldn't stop him from participating in the race.
Despite the injury, Marsing kept up the pace with the other front line runners from 3A. Allen said he stayed with the leaders until about 800 meters left when he reached down deep and started to pull away for the eventual win.
"Garrett ran a very smart strategic race," said Allen. "His time was not his best but he did not go into the race wanting to set a new personal best. He just wanted the win."
Marsing's knack for entering his name into the school's record books happened again with the state title. He became the first Carbon High boys cross-country athlete to win an individual title since 1980 when current Desert Hills assistant track coach John Powell won it.
Since starting with the cross-country team his freshman year, Allen said Marsing continued to improve greatly with each year. Marsing holds the fastest freshman time on the state course, according to Allen, and a strong performance at a meet after the track season with runners from all over the western United States gave him plenty of confidence that he could compete with the best.
After four years of running hundreds of miles in preparation for competition, Marsing's senior season may have been his best overall. Allen said he finished with seven first place finishes and four top ten finishes this season. Some of his best performances came in big races with schools and their best runners from 1A to 5A participating.
"He had a great season," said Allen. Many colleges are showing interest and Marsing may be able to attract more attention as he plans on trying to break the school record in the mile race for the Carbon High track team.
Marsing will continue with his cross-country season by either attending the western Nike nationals in Arizona or the western Footlocker nationals in California where he will try to place high enough to go onto represent the west in the national race Portland, Ore., where the best of the best race in the nation, Allen said.
Carbon's Drew Jones finished with a time of 18.57.1, Trey Richardson finished with a time of 19:11.8. J.W. Broadbear finished with a time of 19:47.8. Andrew Gagnon finished in 19:54.3 followed by Dallin Quinton (20:18.0) and Kyle Quinton (20:27.8).
Allen said the boys team held their own finishing in 15th place overall. Jones finished second for the boys for the first time this season and will have three more shots at the state meet. Outside of Marsing, the entire team is returning next season and Allen believes with a lot of work and miles in the offseason the team has plenty of potential.
"They have to work together," said Allen noting that a group of young junior varsity runners will be ready to push themselves to be in the top 6 for the team.
For the girls team, Giovanna Chiara led the way finishing with a time of 22:23.1. Zaharah Rossi followed with a time of 23:03.3 and Sarah Ohlwiler finished with a time of 23:58.8. Abbi Powell rounded out the team's performance with a time of 24:54.8. Both Emily Broadbear and Ambrie Reed did not participate in the race. With the team only running four girls, Carbon did not receive a score.
Allen said the four girls who ran at the state meet worked hard all season and deserved the opportunity to run at the state meet. Chiara and Powell tried to better their times from previous years at state and did a good job representing the team as seniors. Chiara was also recognized with an Academic All-State achievement award which included having a 4.0 GPA and was the top girl in all of class 3A for that recognition.