Wasatch High School hosted the Wasatch Invitational at Soldier Hollow on Saturday, Sept. 21. The Trojan Cross Country team faced one of the most challenging courses of the year on this high altitude mountain terrain originally designed as the Olympic cross country skiing venue. Athletes pushed themselves to the limit while tackling the steep hills and constantly changing running surfaces. To help mitigate crowding, race organizers divided the junior varsity races into underclassmen and upperclassmen categories for both the girls and boys, in addition to the varsity races.
Top finishers in the freshman/sophomore category included Caleb Dredge for the boys, with Kirsten Bennett leading the girls. For the junior/senior race, Tyler Phalen topped the Morgan boys and Breely Sanders took the honor for the girls.
Results in the varsity finals gave an opportunity for more runners to demonstrate race leadership. Several traditionally strong athletes didn’t compete due to injuries and conflicts with the ACT test also being administered at the same time. This allowed some new faces to compete for the spotlight. A traditional varsity cross country team consists of seven runners; however, only the top five times count toward the team score.
The Morgan girls posted strong results with Candace Gunn, Nikki Wilson, Andrea Millburn, Megan Carter and Sharlene Gunn comprising the top five respectively. For the boys, freshman Colin Smith crossed the line first for Morgan, marking his best finish to date relative to his teammates. Payton Bailey, Landon Casper, Trenden Wilkerson and Garrett Stokes rounded out the top five.
With the region competition just around the corner, the Trojans are peaking at just the right time posting competitive results week after week.