Monticello boys win Stewart Foster Invite, Whitehorse's Martin wins girls race
by David Boyle
It was a 1A showcase of talent at the 2023 Stewart Foster Invitational at Huntington State Park on Monday, September 11.
Seven 1A teams made the trip to Emery County to compete in the invitational, including Monticello, Whitehorse, and Monument Valley.
Once again leading the pack in the girls race was Whitehorse freshman Keiarra Martin who finished with a sub-20-minute 5K, clocking in at 19:59 to earn first place.
Finishing behind Martin was Monticello’s Marah Long who clocked in at 20:52 on the day. Fellow Monticello junior Ayla Carling finished in fourth place.
Lady Raider Hannah Clark finished eighth while teammate Lamyia Benally rounded out the top-ten finishers.
Three top-ten finishers was enough for the Whitehorse girls to earn third place at the meet behind Merit Prep Academy and Intermountain Christian School.
Monument Valley finished fourth led by Shilah Williams’s 15th-place finish and Precious Bedonie’s 17th-place performance. With just three runners in the race the Monticello girls did not place.
However, the Monticello boys won the Invitational outright. The Buckaroos were led by a third-place finish from Curtis Bunker in 18:10, just nine seconds from placing first.
Fellow Buckaroo Kaden Pehrson finished in fourth place with a time of 18:25. Whitehorse Raider Ethan Begay finished less than a second behind Pehrson to earn fifth place.
Monticello’s Jesse Pettit earned seventh place while Raider Elam Etsitty finished ninth to round out San Juan County finishers in the top ten.
Monticello earned first place as a team while Whitehorse finished fourth. Though Monument Valley didn’t have enough runners to score as a team, Josiah Gipe placed 11th at the meet for the Cougars.