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Park City powerful at BYU Invite

It always makes a coach feel good after a race when the general consensus from the other coaches is, "Oh great. You guys are back."

That’s exactly what happened to Park City cross-country coach Jeff Wyant and his team after finishing near the top at this Saturday’s BYU Invite.

In their second multi-division meet of the year, the Miners’ girls squad managed to run past all of the 3A competition to take first place in their division and finish third overall among all divisions.

This puts Park City in a good position, beating all three of their perennial rivals Cedar, Ogden and Judge Memorial.

Junior Gillian Gorelik led the Miners, finishing first among her team and 11th overall. The Miners have also been drawing a lot of their strength from their younger members. Two freshmen, McKenzie Snyder and Rebecca Cunningham, finished in second and third, respectively, within the team ranks. The duo also had similar results a week earlier at the Grass Relays in American Fork.

"We have two great freshmen to add to an already great team," Wyant said.

The Park City boys are also establishing themselves as one of the teams to beat in 3A, finishing in second place behind Ogden, the defending state champions.

"They looked strong, Wyant said. "This may be the best boys team we’ve ever had."

That’s saying something considering Park City is always near the top in the state rankings. But it will be a tall order for them to overcome Ogden, who return with their entire state champion team this season.

Junior Carson Fugal and senior Cameron Edwards came in first and second among the Park City team and last year’s freshman phenom Mason White continues to run faster and faster. The Miners will also get help from senior Luke Daenitz and junior Derek Alcorn, who transferred from Spokane.

The team’s prospects are exciting to Wyant, because not only does he have a solid team this year, but with fast underclassman, he should have a good team for years to come.

This gives them a leg up over perennial region and state rival Judge Memorial, who graduated the irdefending individual state champions in both the boys and girls divisions this May. At the BYU event, the Bulldogs’ top runner was behind Park City’s fourth fastest runner.

"They lost all of their top people," Wyant said.

That puts Park City in a race with Cedar to see whose team will come out on top at the state meet later this fall. Ogden is a close third, but Wyant is confident that the Miners can hold their ground.

The Miners will test their endurance again this Friday at the Murray Invite held at Murray Park. Wyant is eager to see if his team can continue to stay at the top.

"We like running there," he said. "It’s good to see other schools and see where you stand."

The multi-divisional race will begin at 3 p.m. at Murray Park, which and offers numerous vantage points of the course.


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