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Prep cross-country: Park City sets 3A record at state cross-country meet

Published October 17, 2012 6:50 pm

Girls' state cross-country • Park City finishes 3-4-5 to set all-time 3A course mark at Sugar House Park.
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There were a few cross-country dynasties that continued Wednesday.

But Park City did it in style.

Not only did the Miners win their fifth straight Class 3A title against fellow powerhouse Ogden, they romped. Park City took four of the top 10 spots, running fast enough to set the all-time 3A course record at Sugar House Park.

It was something worth celebrating at the finish line.

The runners, who wore red and black stripes under their eyes, screamed in excitement as the results flashed across the scoreboard.

"In my freshman and sophomore year, we were just expected to win," Park City senior Annie Orr said. "The last two years, we've had to fight for it going against Ogden. This one is so much better."

The group was boosted by a 3-4-5 finish, the top trio finishing within 15 seconds of each other. Orr led the pack in 18 minutes, 16 seconds for third overall, and fellow senior Alisse Walker was right behind at 18:24. Sophomore Alyssa Snyder rounded out the top five with 18:31.

Cedar City's Aimee Bryson was the only sub-18-minute runner, finishing first at 17:59, and Ogden's Sarah Feeny finished shortly thereafter. But Park City's top five finished with a combined time of 93:52.1 to shatter the program's own record by more than a minute and half.

The 2012 Miners sit only 1.3 seconds behind another group of Miners — the Bingham 1999 team that set the course record.

"It's an amazing achievement for such a small school," Park City coach Jeff Wyant said. "They came to play, that's for sure."

Park City has a history of stepping up for state meets, which was illustrated last season when the Miners beat nationally ranked Ogden for their fourth straight title.

Park City even bested times posted by other classifications this year. Davis headed into the 5A meet with perhaps its most talented team ever, boosted by runners Ellie Child and Shea Martinez. The Darts still won the 5A team meet but were almost 22 seconds behind the Miners.

There still could be a shot at nationals ahead — for both teams.

"It wasn't our best day, but we're still thrilled to win our third title in a row," Davis coach Corbin Talley said. "Our top two girls had the potential to go 1-2 in the race, and I think they really wanted it — maybe wanted it too much."