The Morgan High Boys’ and Girls’ Cross-Country Teams each brought home the school’s first-ever state championship titles on Wednesday, October 17. The meet was held at Sugar House Park in Salt Lake City.
“Made history winning both state championships today! First for both at Morgan High School,” Coach Brennen Fuller enthused!
“After Region, [Both teams claimed the Region 13 titles last week], we were really confident with how our team was running! We knew we would be one of the top three teams going in but had full confidence that we had what it took to win both,” Fuller continued.
“We had a dinner last night as a team,” Fuller recalled, “and I just had the best feeling about state. We all knew that there was nothing or nobody that was gonna take this away from us!! We were expecting close scores, and the girls ended up winning by 27 and the boys by 15!!”
“We have continually gotten stronger and better EVERY year! We plan on this continuing for many years to come!! These kids are family. The bond they have is unreal and unlike any other sport or thing I’ve been a part of. They ran for each other today and it got them two state titles!! Couldn’t be prouder!! “ Coach Fuller concluded.
Morgan’s girls’ team prevailed over second-place Grand County 62 to 89 with Richfield finishing a close third with 93 points. In boys’ race, the margin of victory wasn’t as great, but the results were the same. Morgan scored 61 outscoring Emery High by 15 and third place Grantsville by 36.
Morgan senior Carson Wilkins earned second place in the boys’ race with a time of 15:52.1, just behind Grantsville’s Porter Whitworth who won the race (15:.43.6). Sophomore Gabe Sargent (16:53.3) came in ninth place with senior Sanford Porter finishing 11th (16:57.6). Junior Kaleb Bowles (17:11.8) scored as Morgan’s fourth runner in 16th place and sophomore Tony Nicoletti (17:30.2) earned 23rd place in position five. Senior Max Dicou (17:39.1) scored sixth for the team while senior Bryson Gunn (17:57.6) completed the team as the seventh runner.
In the girls’ race, Morgan runner finished second and ninth as well, but it was two freshmen who earned the honors in this race. Sophie Earley completed the course second in 19:33.8 behind Grand County’s Kylah Ricks who won with a time of 19:09.8. Garnering ninth place in her first state race, freshman Kate Heywood (20:30.5) was Morgan’s second scorer. Senior Bella Porter (20:53.9) scored third for Morgan placing 12th while freshman Ella Stevenson (21:19.5) and junior Elaina Halls (21:20.6) rounding out the top 20 in 19th and 20th place as Morgan’s fourth and fifth scorers. Junior Vivian Earley (22:21.7) and senior Kimberly Birt (22:27.3) completed Morgan’s team.
Congratulations to the cross country team on their historical state championships!