North Summit girls crowned 2A XC champs
The 2A cross-country state championships provided plenty of excitement, especially for North Summit High School.
A year after winning the girls’ title and placing two boys in the top five, the Braves were at it again, winning a second-straight girls’ championship and taking the boys’ individual championship thanks to a thrilling finish by Jonathan Rothschild.
The girls got the day off to a good start for North Summit, placing three runners in the top 10 overall. Freshman Sadie Sargent took second place, with junior Abbi Zwahlen right on her heels in fourth place. Freshman Maggie Zwahlen crossed the finish line in seventh place.
Abbi Zwahlen, who finished third last year, said defending the title was a total team effort.
"I think it was amazing," she said. "Our fifth runner fell, but we had our sixth runner come up and take her place, so we didn’t really lose any points there. We had a really strong team this year. We were all running about the same times."
Junior Anna Camp of Millard took first place in 19 minutes, 9.0 seconds. Sargent finished in 19:10.1. Abbi Zwahlen crossed the line in 20:00.6 and Maggie Zwahlen finished in 20:33.2.
Senior Isabella Koyle finished 13th overall for the Braves in 21:41.5 and sophomore Madeline Birk crossed the finish line in 22:15.4 to round out the scoring for North Summit, which finished with 40 total points, crushing second-place Enterprise by 78 points.
Abbi Zwahlen said the dominant performance on Wednesday says a lot about how the Braves work together as a team.
"I love our school," she said. "We had about 30 runners all together. We’re just like a family, I guess. We stick together and push each other through and support each other."
Zwahlen already has her sights set on a third-straight state title next year. She said having the younger runners there for motivation will boost her offseason training.
"It pushes me, for sure," she said. "Team-wise, it’s been awesome having Sadie there to pick up my slack."
Shortly after the girls’ race, the North Summit boys took to the course at Sugar House Park. Senior Jonathan Rothschild took an early lead, but ended up getting passed late in the race. That led to a photo finish in which Rothschild reclaimed his lead on the final stretch of track at Highland High School, overtaking Waterford’s Max Warner by .2 seconds to claim victory.
Rothschild, who finished fourth last year, crossed the finish line in 16:09.4, Warner in 16:09.6.
"He saw an opportunity to get me and he passed me up at the end," Rothschild said. "But I was able to catch him right at the finish."
What was going through Rothschild’s head during that final push?
"Oh crap," Rothschild laughed. "I was scared. This was my last chance and I thought I’d go for it."
The senior was thrilled when he was the first one through the tape at the finish line.
"I was so happy and really relieved," he said. "I’ve been working hard for it and I’m just so happy."
Matt Jacobs, a South Summit junior, finished fourth overall with a time of 16:31.0. Alec Jacobs, another South Summit junior, finished sixth in 16:40.9.
Alberto Carreno finished second for the Braves and 31st overall in 18:14.8. Carlos Martinez (18:26.7), Keaten Jones (18:27.0) and Chris Vernon (18:28.9) crossed the finish line in a pack, finishing 35th, 36th and 37th overall and rounding out the scoring for North Summit.
The North Summit boys finished fourth in the team standings with 110 points, 68 points behind champion Millard. The South Summit boys finished in eighth place with 198 points.
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