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North Summit strong at 2A XC state meet

After five runners from the North Summit High School girls’ cross country team and five runners from the Enterprise girls’ team crossed the finish line at the 2A cross country state championship race at Sugar House Park in Salt Lake City on Wednesday afternoon, a winning team couldn’t be determined.

That’s because both the Braves and the Wolves finished with 66 team points, as cross-country scoring awards points to the top five runners from each team.

So, the meet was decided by each school’s sixth-place runner freshman Elizabeth Martinez of North Summit and sophomore Chelsey Nelson of Enterprise. With a time of 25 minutes, 6.2 seconds, Martinez, who finished 55th, narrowly edged Nelson, who finished 57th with a time of 25:10.7, giving North Summit the first-place trophy.

Sophomore Abbi Zwahlen set the pace for the Braves, finishing third overall with a time of 19:38.9 to lead North Summit.

Despite the tough, hilly course at Sugar House Park, Zwahlen said she entered the day hoping for a top-three finish.

"It was close and I knew I had to really push it," she said. "It was a little tough because you have those hills all through it and it’s on grass."

Zwahlen was followed across the line by freshman Madeline Birk (21:15.2) in 11th place, junior Isabella Koyle (21:45.1) in 19th place, junior Katie Judd (22:06.7) in 24th place and freshman Sadie Boyer (22:18.9) in 27th place. Senior Kim West finished in 60th place with a time of 25:23.6.

Zwahlen said she was disappointed when she didn’t get first place, but that disappointment was washed away minutes later.

"When I didn’t win, I was thinking, ‘I hope our team does,’" she said. "I felt like I was going to cry when I heard that we did. It was great. It just feels so good that we could do it."

South Summit senior Grace Schulz, the only Wildcat competing on Wednesday, finished seventh overall with a time of 20:24.7. Schulz also received Academic All-State honors.

As far as bragging rights in the Zwahlen household go, neither Abbi nor her brother Hudson have the edge after this year’s race. North Summit senior Hudson Zwahlen followed his sister’s performance with a third-place finish of his own in the 2A boys’ race.

"It’s pretty awesome," he said. "I was definitely shooting for top three. Finishing fourth place last year was exciting too."

Zwahlen’s friend and teammate Jonathan Rothschild, a junior, was right on his heels, finishing fourth with a time of 16:30.7, just behind Zwahlen’s time of 16:25.1.

"We were excited," Zwahlen said. "That was our goal coming in to get both of us in the top five. We’ve been running together all summer and feel very confident running together."

As a team, the North Summit boys finished second, 11 points behind champion Rowland Hall’s 68-point mark.

"We definitely thought we had a shot at first," Zwahlen said. "But we did really well. It was a great race."

Senior Cody Watterson (18:02.0, 23rd place), sophomore Alberto Carreno (18:11.6, 28th) and junior Thomas Beenfield (18:16.4, 33rd) rounded out the top five for the Braves. Freshman Keaten Jones finished in 18:23.5, good for 38th place and junior Carlos Martinez finished 48th with a time of 18:43.9.

The South Summit boys’ team, paced by sophomore Matt Jacobs’ 10th-place finish, placed 11th with a team score of 232.