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Miners runs well at Rendezvous

Losing by one point is surely not how the Park city boys’ cross-country team envisioned ending the day on Saturday at the Wahsatch Rendezvous at the Cottonwood Complex, but it was still a successful day for the entire team. Especially because it was exactly the way the girls wanted to end the day — with an overall win.

The Wahsatch Rendezvous breaks traditional racing form and instead runs separate races based on rankings No.1-ranked runners race together, No. 2-ranked runners race together and so forth. Overall, the Miners’ cross-country team finished with six first-place wins and two second place finishes.

Winners included Derek Alcorn in the boys’ fourth-runner race, Cameron Edwards in the second-runner event, Elizabeth Guiney in the girls’ third-runner race, Rebecca Cunningham in the fourth, McKenzie Snyder in the fifth and Alison Williams in the sixth-runner event.

Take nothing away from those who didn’t win their races. The Miners’ total effort was very pleasing to head coach Jeff Wyant, who saw runner after runner achieve personal-best times and finish near the front of the pack in nearly every race.

"We’re happy," Wyant said. "They look pretty good heading into State."

One of those who finished near the top was Carson Fugal. Running for the first time as the No.1-ranked runner, Fugal was happy to see how he performed against the pressure.

"It was not as bad as I thought it was going to be," he said. "There are a lot of schools that aren’t at our caliber. Also, I was able to see the other top kids and really set my goals so I know what to do next time."

Winning the No. 1 race was Hillcrest’s Jason Lynch, who came blazing into the finish area with a time of 15:47.3. Fugal took sixth with a time of 16:12.4. Fugal said that having Lynch in his sights really helped him run hard at the meet.

"It just pushes you along because these are the top runners in Utah," Fugal said.

"He held his own," Wyant added. "We don’t have a superstar front runner. We run in a pack."

No. 2 runner Edwards actually beat Fugal’s time by five seconds with a 16:07.6, giving him confidence for the rest of the season. He said he took the lead with about a mile to go and never looked back.

"The weather was nice and there was good competition to go with," said a happy Edwards after the race.

In the girls’ No. 1 race, Gillian Gorelick came in second with a time of 18:31.5 behind Mountain Crest’s Laura Hatch. Gorelik maintained her place near the front through the entire race, only losing contact with Hatch at the very end of the race.

"At the top of the last hill, she put the guns on," Gorelik said.

The Miners were running tired for this event after a week of tough workouts. Wyant said that this time of year he likes to tire them out before tapering off heading into the Region 10 and state championships.

Speaking of championships, top schools Judge and Ogden were noticeably missing from this race. These are both schools that Park City especially the boys will want to compete against again before the final races of the year.

This was the only time the Miners will run on the Cottonwood Complex course. Normally, the team would see the course three more times in the season, but schedule and venue changes are taking the team to other locales this year.

The Miners will run again this Wednesday, Sept. 24, in a region meet at Uintah at 2:30 p.m.


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