The Park City High School girls' cross country team was pretty confident it would win the 3A state title on Wednesday afternoon at Sugar House Park in Salt Lake City. Therefore, the Miners weren't there just to win their race they wanted to break records.
And that's exactly what they did. By finishing with a team time of 93 minutes, 36 seconds, Park City bested the all-time Utah high school record of 93:50 set in 1999 by Bingham.
Park City coach Jeff Wyant said that, coming into this year, he wasn't sure his team would be able to break the record.
"Last year we missed that record by two seconds," he said. "I didn't think we'd have a team that strong again. Then suddenly we're back and we break the record this year. These girls have come a long way."
But the Miners, who are the seventh-ranked girls' cross country team in the United States, would have to watch as the third-ranked team in the nation, 5A Davis, got its chance to break the record.
"We're hoping maybe they'll have an off day or something," senior Maddie Criscione joked after the 3A race.
Unfortunately for the Miners, their all-time record only stood for about 30 minutes, as Davis ran a 92:27 to shatter Park City's time.
But the good news for the Miners is they claimed their sixth-straight 3A state title. Park City has now won 11 of the last 12 3A titles.
"We've only lost one title since Bill Clinton was president," Wyant noted.
Aimee Bryson of Cedar crossed the finish line to claim the 3A individual title with a time of 17:58.
Both Criscione and Bothner completed their first cross country seasons at the state meet. Despite being newcomers to the team, both said they had no problems fitting in with the perennial state champions.
"There was pressure [to win another title]," Bothner said. "But the team was awesome in welcoming me.
"This was really exciting," Criscione added. "I liked it a lot. They're like my family."
Senior Sophie McDonald (18:53.6) placed seventh and sophomore Leah Lange (20:09.2) finished 18th to give the Miners a team score of 31. Second-place finisher Cedar ended the race with 76 team points.
Seniors Ellie Burton (20:19.0) and Kaila Balch (21:05.9) finished 20th and 35th, respectively.
Wyant said he's happy with the way the girls' took care of business on Wednesday.
"[The 3A title] is our main goal every year, obviously," he said. "Two of our girls (Lange and McDonald) were a little banged up today and didn't have their best races, but they really showed some guts and hung in there even though they were in pain."
Now, the girls will turn their focus to the regional meet, which will take place in Phoenix on Nov. 23.
"We're going to sit down as a team and see who can go to that," Wyant said. "We'll see if the girls who are banged up can make it."
On the boys' side, Park City found itself in a tight battle for first place. Seniors Kyle Beling (16:25.9) and Colby Judd (16:26.3) finished sixth and seventh, respectively, to lead the Miners.
They were followed across the line by a trio of juniors Guy Eroh (16:40.9) finished 13th, Wes Miller (16:47.8 finished 17th and Jesse Case (17:08.7) placed 31st to give the Miners a team score of 73.
Desert Hills (49) outpaced Park City, dropping Miners' to second place, but the Miners' strong effort held off third-place finisher Pine View (79).
Junior Travan Thomas (17:33.2) and senior Luke Adams (19:09.2) finished 43rd and 98th, respectively.