By Brittan Roth
The Westlake cross country team headed down to Valley Regional Park this Friday to compete in the Salt Lake Cross Country Classic. There were nine teams there–including region team Bingham–making it the smallest race Westlake has ran this season. But despite the lack of big competitions like American Fork and Lone Peak, the Westlake team went into the race determined to give it their all.
The girls JV teams were the first to race. Senior Sidney Shock took a big lead early on. Westlake runners lined up along the course to cheer her and all the other girls on. The team went wild when Sidney sprinted into the finish line, finishing 45 seconds before the second place runner from Bingham. Despite having no competition she ran a personal best of 19:40.2 for the three mile course, averaging a 6:33 minute mile. The rest of the JV team also ran well, their top five runners all finishing in the top ten of the race and managing to barely edge out Bingham for the win.
The JV boys were next to race. Senior Fielding Hokanson won the race with a time of 16:47.7, followed by three other Westlake runners finishing in the top 15. Westlake took second place to Bingham.
Next were the freshman/sophomore girls. Sophomores Molly Jensen, Bella Brower, and Kaylia Lundgren finished fourth, fifth, and sixth, with only three seconds separating them. Westlake placed second behind Bingham. In the freshman/sophomore boys race Ryan Turner placed second with a time of 16:54.4. Three other Westlake runners placed in the top ten and their fifth man placed sixteenth, helping Westlake to win the race by a considerable amount.
Next up were the Varsity girls. Junior Abby Jensen won the race with a time of 17:58.8, followed by Sophomores Porshe Eismann and Abby Barrus placing second and third with their own respective personal bests of 18:42 and 18:52.2. Sophomore Danielle Shock also “PR’ed”, placing eighth. The seniors finished up the race strong, placing 11th, 16th, and 25th. Westlake won the race, the first time the Varsity Girls have ever done so.
Last but certainly not least were the Varsity boys. Logan Anderson won the race with a time of 15:09.2, followed by Grayson Walker in second place and Keelan Balderee in fourth (behind another runner named Logan Anderson as chance would have it). Westlake’s top five finished in the top 24 and all seven runners were in the top 29. Westlake took second place to Bingham.
At the end of the day the cross country team headed home, happy to be out of the cold and have another awesome race under their belt.