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Carbon High cross country teams tackle the hay bales

Carbon's Rachel Goodrich leads the pack of runners in the junior/senior race. She finished in the top 20 with a time of 13:57.

Sun Advocate sports reporter

The American Fork Grass Relays offer a unique start to the beginning of the cross country season. It is a one mile loop over hilly terrain that is strewn with hay bales the runners must leap over during the run. Each runner does two loops. Since it is a relay each team's runner hands off a baton to the next runner to take on the course. It is difficult because the team does not have each other for pace or support.

Over 1,000 5A through 1A runners took part in the 2011 Grass relays. Carbon's Regan Powell continues to show she will be a force this season as she took a third place finish overall in the junior and senior girls division. She blasted her time from last season and completed the course in 13:19.

Rachel Goodrich also improved and took 15th with a 13:59. That was a breakout run for her. Susan Ohlwiler took 12th in the Freshman and Sophomore group with an amazing 13:39.

Diane Olsen also finished in the top 30. Freshman Madi Black helped round out the finish for the Lady Dinos with a very solid run. Her continuing improvement is greatly benefiting the varsity squad.

Garrett Marsing was the top performer for the Dino boys with eight place hich earned him a medal for a top ten finish. His time was 11:17 for the two miles. Justin Hepworth, Luke Olsen, Thory VanDyke and Brendan Hepworth all improved on last year's performances finishing behind Marsing and rounding out the varsity.

Sophomore Dillon Barker and freshmen JW Broadbear and Joseph Clifford demonstrated good progress especially for their first time at such a large meet. Coach Telisse Allen expressed she was happy with the great effort her young runners put out at the meet.

The team will have there first region meet at Spanish Fork this Wednesday.

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