Whitehorse, Monument Valley cross country get strong finishes

The Monument Valley and Whitehorse cross country teams headed to Huntington, UT on Monday, September 13 to compete at the Stewart Foster Invitational. Competing on a 5K course at Huntington State Park, several runners posted impressive finishes.

On the boys side, Whitehorse runner Weston Manygoats led the team with a fourth-place finish and an 18:40 time. Manygoats’s excellent performance gives him one of the fastest performances in the 1A classification this year.

Manygoats was followed by teammate Keeyah Begay who came in 14th with a time of 21:07. Monument Valley’s Jeremiah Singer followed Begay with a 37th-place finish and a time of 25:36.

He was followed by two Whitehorse runners: Nicholas Pelt (47th) and Tapaha Robryan (48th). Pelt and Robryan posted times of 30:16 and 30:31.

On the girls side, Heidi Thomas, the sole female runner for Whitehorse, posted a fourth-place overall finish with a time of 24:06. Thomas’s outstanding performance not only gives her one of the top ten times in the 1A division, but also a season-best time.

Four runners from Monument Valley followed Thomas, with each posting a top-20 finish. Lillianna Fatt led the pack in tenth with a 28:18, followed by Caitlyn Yazzie who finished 13th in 28:42 and Dayheonoa Yazzie in 16th with a 29:48.

Close behind Yazzie and rounding out the team for the Monument Valley runners, was Taja Mwamba with a 17th place finish and a time of 30:06.

The Cougars and Raiders are right back in action at the John Thornton invitational in Blanding this Wednesday, September 22.

The boys race begins at 4 p.m. with the girls starting shortly thereafter. Both races will follow Pacheco trail, beginning and ending behind the Blanding Visitors Center.

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