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PCHS track team performs well at Pine View

Going into the Pine View Invitational last weekend, the Park City High School track team was eager to see how it stacked up against some of the best teams in 3A, 4A and 5A.

The end results were promising, but the Miners still have some work to do, according to Coach Steve Cuttitta.

"We did pretty well," he said. "The girls finished sixth out of about 30 teams and the boys were a little lower than that. It was all 3A, 4A and 5A schools, so it was a little bit tougher to score."

The Miner girls were led by Alyssa Snyder, who won the 800-meter race and Chrissy Glasmann, who won the javelin throw.

"Chrissy and Kambridge [Van Der Veur] also scored in discus and Kambridge scored in shot put, too," Cuttitta added. "[Breanna] Waugh scored in the long jump, so that’s big."

Cuttitta said getting results from so many different areas is going to be critical to having success at the state meet at the end of the season.

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"[The Pine View meet] pushed some of our top athletes to compete better and they really did," he said. "They stacked up well against the rest of the state. We’re going to get some points in different places. Hopefully our sprints can come along and steal some points, too."

The sprint relay teams, both in the boys’ and girls’ meets, performed well over the weekend. Cuttitta said all the relay teams scored points.

In the boys’ meet, where Park City finished 17th, Cuttitta saw some good things as well.

"Wes [Miller] ran 4:39 in the mile," he said. "Sam [Edmunds] and Jesse [Case] were at about 10:20 in the two-mile. They need to get down to about 10 minutes to score at state. Eli Alford and Sawyer Pruitt scored in the shot put. Josh Pelegrin scored in 300 hurdles. We haven’t had a hurdler score in quite a while."

For a team that’s relied heavily on distance runners in the past, Cuttitta said it’s nice to have points from so many different members of the team.

"It’s kind of a different thing for us," he said. "We’ve been stuck with scoring some in the distance events and some in the throws for a while now. It really is a total team effort this year."

Now that the team knows where it stands among the best teams in the state, it has to focus on improving over the next couple months to ensure a solid performance at the state meet.

"Everyone just realized we need to improve," Cuttitta said. "Where we are now isn’t going to be enough to compete later on. We still have two months until the state meet, though — this just showed where we were at."

Next up for the Miners is the Alta Invitational this weekend. Cuttitta said some runners who didn’t get to compete at Pine View will be featured at the Alta meet. The next big test for Park City will be the Taylorsville Invitational on April 18.