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Carbon cross country teams battle tough competition and weather at BYU Invite

Garrett Marsing leads the pack during the Uintah Invite on Sept. 11.

The Carbon High cross country teams had more than the competition to focus on at the BYU Invitational over the weekend.

With soggy conditions on the ground they covered, Carbon High runners had to battle harder than before to stay with the runners from around the state.

For the boys, Senior Garrett Marsing posted another top performance taking sixth place with a time of 16:01.

"Garrett battled the entire race," said CHS head coach Telisse Allen. He was as high as third and as low as sixth place.

Andrew Gagnon and J.W. Broadbear helped the boys team finish second in team scores next to Vernal, Allen noted.

Trey Richardson and Drew Jones both ran in the freshman/sophomore race and ran well for the conditions, Allen said. Richardson finished with a time of 18:32 and Jones finished at 19:00.

For the girls team, Allen said Zarah Rossi had a strong race in the freshman/sophomore competition taking a top 20 finish.

Rossi along with Giovanna Chiara, Abbi Powell and Sarah Ohwiller all ran great races finishing in the top twenty. Unfortunately for the girls team, no scores were counted because the team ran only four girls at the races.

Allen said the team did not have any personal bests at the invite, but considering the conditions the team did well.

"We were able to run with some of the top runners in the state," said Allen noting that 1,500 runners took part in the invite.

For Carbon High, their focus now shifts as they prepare to host their only home meet of the year on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at the Carbon Country Club.

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