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Carbon High Cross Country runners battle against the best of 3A at State Meet

Sun Advocate sports reporter

For cross country runners, the end result is not always the best way to determine success.

For the Carbon High Cross Country teams, battling it out with a collection of the best in all of 3A provided a chance for CHS runners to put their skills to the test.

Head coach Telisse Allen said the girls squad qualified for state and the boys team had two runners including Garrett Marsing and Austin Barber qualify for state.

Marsing, the top boys runner for the Dinos, took 16th place finishing with a time of 16.29.

"Going into the meet his goal was to make it into the top 10," said Allen of the CHS junior. "While he is disappointed in not making that goal, he set a new personal best time for himself running at Sugarhouse."

To make things more difficult for the athletes, runners are not allowed to practice on the course. Allen said those caught doing so can be penalized.

"The competition at the state meet is really fierce," she said.

Barber, also a junior, was able to qualify for the state meet for the team. Barber finished the race in 19.05.

"For him (Barber) to make state, it was a terrific accomplishment that will help going into next season," Allen said.

For the girls team, Allen said their final results don't tell the whole story of how they did. Rachel Goodrich finished in 36th place with a time of 20.47. Following her were Giovanna Chiara (21.32), Diana Olsen (22.50), Jenee Martinez (23.19), Madi Black (23.51), Abbi Powell (24.19) and Alyssa Rassmussen (28.13).

Many of the girls finished with personal bests at state, Allen said.

"The girls had a great season overall," Allen said noting they ran against a lot of 4A and 5A schools at many of the meets this year.

With the season now complete, Allen feels that there is a lot of potential in the boys and girls teams going into next year. With plenty of youth on the team getting experience, it can only bold well for the Dinos in the coming years.

But for those who completed their final season running cross country for the team, Allen said running is one thing that can last a lifetime for runners.

"I always tell the team 'you guys will always have this (running) in your lives,'" she said. "Cross country is a very disciplined sport and you're only as good as you want to be."

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