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3A boys' cross-country: Ogden defends its team title

Published October 18, 2012 11:08 am

Prep cross-country • Park City's Ben Saarel won in 14 minutes, 56.7 seconds.
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Having won two individual titles, and enjoying a lead with about a mile to go, Park City's Ben Saarel seemingly had nothing to run for.

But his coach, Jeff Wyant, told the Park City runner he was on pace to break the state record in the 5K, and suddenly Saarel found another gear. Saarel finished in 14 minutes, 56.7 seconds to win by 34 seconds, but he missed former Judge Memorial standout Luke Puskedra's all-time best by about 2 seconds.

The Ogden boys won a second straight team title, running the fastest combined time in school history.

Top 10 individuals

1. Ben Saarel, Park City, 14:56.7; 2. Jordon Cross, Ogden, 15:30; 3. Michael Finch, Pine View, 15:39; 4. Austin Slade, Stansbury, 15:41.

5. Jack Dailey, Judge Memorial, 15:49; 6. Tommy Ingalls, Snow Canyon, 15:53; 7. Jason Quinn, Dixie, 15:54; 8. Brian Probst, Wasatch, 16:01; 9. Kristopher Hansen, Desert Hills, 16:03; 10. Mike Buckley, Ogden, 16:07.

Top five teams

1. Ogden 67, 2. Wasatch 96; 3. Desert Hills 106; 4. Park City 114; 5. Pine View 125. —