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Girls' cross-country: Davis rides record to state title
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It was a secret.

Going into Wednesday's Class 5A girls' cross-country championship meet at Sugar House Park, Davis coach Corbin Talley knew what had happened 30 minutes prior. He saw the Park City girls' team raise its sixth straight 3A team title — its 11th in 12 seasons — while simultaneously breaking the fastest team time in Utah girls' running history.

But he kept it from his runners.

"I didn't tell them," Talley said. "I told them, 'I'll do the worrying and the thinking and you guys just warm-up, have fun, get on the line, be calm, confident and go for it,' ... and so they did."

The Miners just had topped Bingham's 14-year-old record set in 1999, accomplished by a team that ended the season ranked No. 1 in the country.

Davis etched its own name into the record book half an hour later.

Behind five top-10 finishers in 5A — seven in the top 18 — the Darts became the second program in a day to become the fastest team in the state's history of girls' high school cross-country with a combined time of 92 minutes, 27 seconds, shattering the Bingham mark of 93:50 set in 1999 and Park City's mark of 93:36.

"We're willing to sacrifice endless amounts of pain and time for each other," Davis senior Ashley Tyndall said.

It worked out for a storied program that had just one of its seven state qualifiers who ran a year ago in Wednesday's 5A meet. A team of six seniors and one freshman — second-place finisher Aubrey Argyle — did something no other stacked Darts team had.

"They just race really well for each other," Talley said. "They're out there and they're not thinking about their own race. They're just thinking about running as fast as they can for their teammates and their team. We emphasized team all summer, all season and they've just really bought into it."

In three national prep cross-country rankings, Davis sits in the top spot in two and at No. 3 in the other. Senior Taylor Cox said the rankings and the pressure crept into the back of their minds during high-profile races for a while.

The team and staff sorted out a way to deal with it.

"Not being too focused," Cox said, "but having fun with it."

The Darts had fun Wednesday afternoon on an unusually warm late October afternoon on the track around Highland High School. The runners huddled for photos and sprayed water bottles at one another in anticipation of hoisting another 5A trophy.

"I honestly don't know where it came from, how we got so good this year," Cox said, "but I think we've had a lot of focus on team unity and being together."

They'll be able to test that in four weeks when the Darts head to Tempe, Ariz., for a Western regional meet that could provide a further test to see if they can make it to Oregon afterward.

"Hopefully two weeks later we get to prove ourselves in Portland at the NIKE Nationals," Talley said.

The secret Talley kept from his team as it lined up for the most important race of the season paid off. It was a message; that he would take care of all the intangibles and the only thing that mattered was the sound of the starting gun.

"We just wanted to see if we could do it ourselves," Tyndall said, "without feeling that pressure of Park City having beaten it."

After beating Bingham's record earlier Wednesday, Park City coach Jeff Wyant reserved too much celebration.

"We'll just see if we survive the 5A race," he said.

The Miners didn't. But the prevailing sentiment between both programs was to take a step back and appreciate the level of talent on display in just a one-hour span.

"We definitely congratulated [Park City]," Talley said, "because that's an awesome team."

ckamrani@sltrib.comTwitter: @chriskamrani —

Class 1A girls

Winner • Whittni Orton, so., Panguitch, 19:23.5

Winner's thoughts • "It's hard to run by yourself, but with your coaches pushing you it makes it nice. ... You have to push yourself."

Individual top 10 • 1. Whittni Orton, so., Panguitch, 19:23.5; 2. Catania Holman, jr., Panguitch, 19:41.2; 3. Meghan Clare, fr., St. Joseph, 21:40.3; 4. Hannah Ellett, jr., Wayne, 21:40.6; 5. Bailey Goodwine, jr., Monticello, 21:45.8; 6. McKayla Heaton, sr., Panguitch, 21:58.3; 7. Darian Morlan, so., Duchesne, 22:04.0; 8. Kenal Harris, fr., Monticello, 22:10.4; 9. Larkin Brodie, fr., Escalante, 22:13.7; 10. Brooke Barney, jr., Wayne, 22:14.0

Team scores • 1. Panguitch 33; 2. Monticello 67; 3. Wayne 74; 4. Duchesne 110; 5. Altamont 128; 6. Bryce Valley 149; 7. Whitehorse 168; 8. Tintic 194

Class 2A girls

Winner • Anna Camp, so., Millard, 19:16.5

Winner's thoughts • "That was a hard thing to do because I have two soccer games this weekend, too. That was worth it."

Individual top 10 • 1. Anna Camp, so., Millard, 19:16.5; 2. Emily Sundquist, sr., Rowland Hall, 19:16.8; 3. Abbi Zwahlen, so., North Summit, 19:38.9; 4. Olivia Moyle, sr., Enterprise, 20:06.8; 5. Erin Hurst, Emery, 20:23.0; 6. Madeline Stone, fr., American Leadership, 20:24.3; 7. Grace Schulz, sr., South Summit, 20:24.7; 8. Mercedes James, sr., Grand County, 20:36.1; 9. Peyton Torgerson, fr., North Sevier, 20:52.6; 10. Allison Wilkins, so., North Sevier, 21:05.9

Team scores • 1. North Summit 66 (won on tiebreaker); 2. Enterprise 66; 3. North Sevier 92; 4. Emery 104 (won on tiebreaker); 5. Parowan 104; 6. Rowland Hall 132; 7. Grand County 141; 8. Manti 189; 9. Summit Academy 199; 10. Maeser Prep 265

Class 3A girls

Winner • Aimee Bryson, sr., Cedar City, 17:58.9

Winner's thoughts • "This was probably the hardest race I've ever ran. It was just hard to breathe today. I definitely gave it all I had today. It was just barely enough."

Individual top 10 • 1. Aimee Bryson, sr., Cedar City, 17:58.9; 2. Maddie Criscione, sr., Park City, 18:02.7; 3. McKenzie Bothner, sr., Park City, 18:06.0; 4. Alyssa Snyder, jr., Park City, 18:24.7; 5. Kashley Carter, jr., Juab, 18:33.7; 6. Alison Pray, fr., Payson, 18:37.8; 7. Sophie McDonald, sr., Park City, 18:53.6; 8. Courtney Allred, sr., Desert Hills, 19:23.5; 9. Katlyn Baker, sr., Canyon View, 19:41.0; 10. Kaylee Corry, jr., Cedar City, 19:44.2

Team scores • 1. Park City, 31; 2. Cedar City 76; 3. Canyon View 148; 4. Stansbury 159; 5. Desert Hills 182; 6. Uintah 196; 7. Bear River 198; 8. Pine View 200 (won on tiebreaker); 9. Payson 200; 10. Juan Diego 235; 11. Juab 274; 12. Richfield 286; 13. Tooele 351; 14. Morgan 360; 15. Grantsville 416

Class 4A girls

Winner • Sarah Feeny, sr., Ogden, 17:25.0

Winner's thoughts • "That was my goal all season. Everyone was so nice, everyone was cheering for me so loud and so serious about it."

Individual top 10 • 1. Sarah Freeny, sr., Ogden, 17:25.0; 2. Hannah Malone, sr., Box Elder, 18:13.4; 3. Mary Christensen, jr., Timpanogos, 18:17.3; 4. Millika Holbrook, jr., Woods Cross, 18:18.0; 5. Britney Lund, so., Maple Mountain, 18:22.0; 6. Megan Gutke, Maple Mountain, 18:30.9; 7. Rachel Bocanegra, Timpanogos, 18:35.6; 8. Caroline Weiler, sr., Skyline, 18:36.0; 9. Eleanor Wettstein, so., East, 18:43.8; 10. Maranda Garrett, jr., Ogden, 18:52.4

Team scores • 1. Ogden 98; 2. Timpanogos 103; 3. Skyline 120; 4. Maple Mountain 129; 5. Mountain Crest 163; 6. Mountain View 176; 7. Sky View 178; 8. Orem 179; 9. Provo 194; 10. Salem Hills 199; 11. Timpview 255; 12. East 300; 13. Clearfield 312; 14. Woods Cross 335; 15. Logan 358; 16. Highland 448

Class 5A girls

Winner • Lucy Biles, jr., Herriman, 17:41.9

Winner's thoughts • "Didn't run what I wanted to, but I still feel good because I won. Can't complain about that."

Individual top 10 • 1. Lucy Biles, jr., Herriman, 17:41.9; 2. Aubrey Argyle, fr., Davis, 18:09.2; 3. Tavia Dutson, sr., Jordan, 18:14.2; 4. Taylor Cox, sr., Davis, 18:18.8; 5. Courtney Wayment, so., Northridge, 18:19.0; 6. McKayla Morgan, sr., Riverton, 18:29.6; 7. Jessica Smith, jr., Lone Peak, 18:36.1; 8. Ashley Tyndall, sr., Davis, 18:37.8; 9. McKenzie Weir, sr., Davis, 18:38.5; 10. Sierra Graham, Davis, 18:43.5

Team scores • 1. Davis 27; 2. American Fork 90; 3. Jordan 120; 4. Bingham 132 (won on tiebreaker); 5. Lone Peak 132; 6. Herriman 148; 7. Syracuse 190; 8. Lehi 193; 9. Weber 254; 10. Copper Hills 271; 11. Fremont 320; 12. Alta 339; 13. Hillcrest 341; 14. West 421; 15. Hunter 426; 16. Taylorsville 457

Darts record the fastest team time in state history to better mark Park City set earlier in the day.
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