Runners set records at Region 10 finals
October 17, 2008
It may have been too far away to gather a big group of fans, but the Park City High School cross-country team had plenty to cheer about at the Region 10 Championships held in at Uintah High School in Vernal this week.
Not only did the Miners win in both the girls and boys division, but the Park City contingent swept the top seven spots. The Miners finished way ahead of the pack with the girls turning in a point total of 18 and the boys had a total of 20. All the other teams, even usual rival Judge, finished far back from them.
"Both teams are doing really well," said Park City head coach Jeff Wyant after the meet. "They absolutely dominated."
Leading the charge was Gillian Gorelik, who has been steadily making her case as one of the best runners in the state all season long. She finished Tuesday’s race with a time of 18 minutes and 22 seconds in the three-mile race. Not far behind her were Alison Williams and McKenzie Snyder. The top five Park City female runners all finished in under 19:15. According to Williams, Wyant had the girl stay behind the Judge contingent in the first mile and allowed them to pass in the second. After that, she said the Miners literally ran away with the race.
The girls are not only dominating their region, they are also ranked in the state, region and even nationally. According to Wyant, at last check, the girls team was ranked fifth in the Southwest Region and 19th in the nation.
The boys are looking pretty good right now as well. All of the top seven Park City runners finished under 17 minutes, with first-place finisher Carson Fugal turning in an amazing time of 15:57. Behind Fugal was Cameron Edwards in second place and newcomer Derek Alcorn in third.
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The team now has just a few days before the state championships on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at Sugarhouse Park. Wyant predicts that the Miners should blow away the 3A competition in the girls’ division and he is interested to see what the boys can do. As well as the Park City boys are doing this season, it looks as if the Ogden Tigers may be doing even better. This should make Wednesday’s race very interesting. Wyant said that on a good day he knows that the Miners can challenge them for the state trophy.
"This is the best Park City boys’ team ever. The problem is, Ogden has what might be the best 3A team ever," he said. "Its going to be pretty exciting in the boys’ race."
Gorelik will also have her eye on the Tigers, as she is currently running at about the same pace as Ogden’s Sarah Callister and should challenge her for the state 3A individual title.
And the Miners seem to be excelling in more than results. Wyant said that this year he has had 100 percent commitment from his team in practices and meets and said many members of his team began training far before the season began.
"It’s been a really good year all the way around," he said. "Their results are amazing this year. There is no downside."
He added that some of the top runners have also taken on significant leadership roles and spend a lot of time encouraging the team to perform well at practices and meets.
The 3A state championships will be held at Sugarhouse Park in Salt Lake on Wednesday at noon.