by Scott Boyle
Monticello dominated the Region 19 Cross Country meet on Wednesday at Loyds Lake, capturing both the girls and boys events easily.
The girls raced their way to the top, taking four of the first five places including Bailey Goodwine, who had a convincing win in the girls race, crossing the finish line nearly two minutes before the second place runner, Elena Mitchell, also of MHS.
Cambria Welch of the Bucks was fourth followed closely by Brittany Keith. Ashley Hoggard was the eighth runner across the line. Kaitlin Clark, Brittany Redd, and Hannah Getter were 11th, 12th, and 13th.
The Buckaroo boys dominated in a way never seen before as they captured the first 11 places in the race, led by senior Collin Hatch in first place and junior Easton Nielson, second.
The Bucks stiffest competition seems to be within their own ranks as two Buckaroos, sophomore Kyler LaRose and junior Hunter Bowring, running varsity after a season of JV races, climbed their way to third and fourth, followed by Jens Brewer, freshman Tyler Bird, senior Justin Wright and sophomores Sheldon Black and Everett Hatch, junior Tanner Eardley and senior Nash Freestone.
The Bucks travel to compete in the state cross country meet at Sugar House in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, the boys hoping to repeat their state championship of 2011 and the girls hoping to significantly improve upon their fifth place finish of 2011.
San Juan Broncos travelled to Richfield for the 2012 Region 15 Cross-country Championship last Tuesday. The boys raced well but finished second to Richfield, who had five runners in the top ten.
Cole Chamberlain (17:14)
and Christian Sherrow (17:25) also placed in the top ten, 7th and 10th respectively, with Dallin Jacobsen (17:49) 12th overall, Brandon Deschene (18:01) 13th overall and Braden Meyer (18:03) 14th overall.
San Juan will have to outrun tough teams from South Summit and Rowland Hall for a chance at the second place state team trophy.
In the girls’ Region 15 Championship race, San Juan missed qualifying as a team by a mere five points. Emery was fifth with 98 points, San Juan fourth with 77 points, South Sevier third with 72 points, Grand County second with 65 points and Richfield first with 33 points.
Alexia Stash’s (22:13) eighth place individual finish and Kira Simpson’s (23:20) 15th individual finish earned them each individual spots at the State Championships.
They were followed by Katrisa Ward (23:55), Brittany Bleak (23:58) and Heidi Hiatt (24:01).
San Juan also has two seniors who will earn Academic All-State: Katrisa Ward and Jonny Pugh.
The girls 2A championship race begins at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 17 at Sugarhouse Park with the 2A boys racing at 12:30 p.m.
San Juan completed the regular season undefeated with a dominating 48-0 win over Enterprise Friday night in Blanding, their fourth shutout in five games.
Barkley Christensen passed for two touchdowns, ran for one and kicked three extra points in the process.
Logan Meyer scored twice, on a 12-yard run and 61 on a pass from Christensen. Ammon Mitchell high stepped his way to the Broncos first TD of the night on a 35-yard pass.
In the second half, the Bronco subs took over with Mason Shumway and Terrance Tate both scoring. Christensen was 17 for 29 passing on the night for 276 yards, with Meyer grabbing eight of those passes for 150 yards.
Ammon Mitchell caught four passes for 65 yards and Justin Nielson had three catches. Nine different Bronco running backs lugged the pigskin for Coach Monty Lee’s balanced offense, gaining 267 yards as the Broncos perfected their potent mixture of pass and run.
The Broncos now have their traditional week off to heal injuries and prepare for their 36th straight trip to the playoffs. It looks like the Broncos will match up against the winner of Richfield and Gunnison.
Monticello became Duchesne’s 30th straight victim after a hard fought 21-7 homecoming loss on a cold night in Monticello Friday.
The Eagles, stymied on the ground by the Buckaroo defense, managed only 53 yards in the first half. Most of that came on a single play. The Eagles turned to the pass, tossing three TD passes in the first half.
Trailing 21-0, the Buckaroos played a strong second half, finally getting going on their new shotgun offense and moving the ball quite effectively, getting the only score of the second half on a fake punt, a 55 yard pass from McKade Maloy to Austin Maloy.
The Bucks ended with 96 yards passing and 96 yards rushing on the night.
Duchesne has now won five in a row from Monticello and seven of the last eight, but the Bucks retain a 26-15 lead since 1973.