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Carbon hosts Invitational

Patricia Smith finished a strong second at the Carbon Invitational with a time of 20:23.

Sun Advocate reporter

On Sept 24th with a temperature of 81 degrees, 2.96 miles of dirt, asphalt, hay bales, grass and rolling hills before them the Carbon Cross Country Invitational meet got under way. The eight teams participating included Emery, Delta, Juan Diego, Grand, Duchesne, Green River and Altamont. The Carbon boys team took first place. The Carbon girls did not have enough to field a team, but placed both of their runners in the top 10 finishers.

The girls led the day off with 53 competitors. Patricia Smith and Grand's Dayna VanArsdol took the early lead. With less than a mile to go, Smith was still hanging close to VanArsdol despite having her first "stitch" of the season around mile two. She finished a strong second with a time of 20:23. Not far behind was teammate Karissa Nelson finishing 7th overall with a time of 22:25, setting a new personal best for herself.

Carbon boys stepped to the starting line huddling together and chanted, "Run as a pack, close the gap." This is exactly what they achieved. They had lost to Delta once before by only a small margin of points and knew what they had to do to come out on top. Jordan Tatton finished 5th overall with a time of 18:51 followed by Kaleb Kulow in 7th place with a time of 18:55. Justin Hepworth was 9th and a time of 18:59. Kaeden Kulow and Luke Olsen were 15th and 16th with a time of 19:26. The "gap" between these five runners was 35 seconds.

Carson Tatton, Nathan Hepworth and Jared Richens were also key for the Dinos, beating out Delta and Emery runners to help them edge out Delta in the team scoring. Carbon's Preston Grant, Skylar Larsen, Brendon Hepworth, and Derek Quinton set personal bests as well.

The Dinos came away with the win by a single point. First place went to Carbon with 52 points, Delta took second place with 53 points and Emery finished third with 56 points.

Coach Telisse Allen summed up the performance, "The Region meet is three weeks away, and one point is too close for comfort. Going into region, Carbon will know what they need to do and what they are capable of achieving. Van Mays donated all the bottled water we needed to us to help make the meet a success and we want to make sure to say thanks."

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