Mountain View captured both team titles, while Mountain Crest and Green River, Wyoming, had individual winners during the Murray Invitational Cross Country championships held Saturday at Murray City Park.
The Bruins, long time dominators in girls' cross country competition, looked even stronger in the boys' race Saturday. Mountain View totaled just 51 points in the boys' race, that among competitors from 32 schools.Individually, Green River's Mike Wilkey, the defending Wyoming state champion, captured the 3-mile race in a time of 14:47, a new meet record by 19 seconds. Wilkey looked equally strong at the Provo Invitational last Saturday, and his efforts at Murray helped Green River to a third-place team finish.
But it was the Bruins who ultimately beat second-place Roy and all other comers for the championship. Ryan Bybee was the top Mountain View finisher, taking fourth in 15:28. Dula Parkinson finished seventh overall, and the Bruins other scorers included Zak James in 12th, Dan Holm in 13th and Jason Blackham in 23rd.
"The kids have kind of swapped roles this year," said Bruin coach Dave Houle, whose girls have won the state 4A title for seven consecutive years. "We have a lot more depth this year with the boys, and that's really helped us."
Houle feels the 51 point total for the Bruins, particularly in a meet the size of Murray's, should give the team a lot of confidence as the season enters its second half. It could also get the Bruins a national ranking again this year in Harrier Magazine, where Mountain View was listed as high as 12th a year ago.
Anna Watkins of Mountain Crest took the girls' race in a fine time of 18:35, sprinting the last 50 yards to nip Judy Hoffman of Timpview at the tape. Watkins trailed Hoffman almost the entire way, then slipped past her just five yards from the finish for the win. Mary Huang of Provo was third at 18:38.
Again, it was depth that paced the Lady Bruins to their victory. Heather Frushour placed fourth for Mountain View, Tami Thomas took 11th, Emilee Marek placed 22nd, Heather Dewitt was 25th and Katie Peele 31st. All of the top 10 finishers in the girls' race were within 21 seconds of one another.
Green River placed second in the girls' team standings with 82 points, two behind the Bruins. Weber was third, Timpview fourth and Provo fifth. Noticeably absent was Orem, which won last week's Provo Invitational and figures to be the favorite along with the Bruins for state.
The boys' race included a fine fifth-place finish by Viewmont's Jed Johansen, but the Vikings did not run as a team Saturday. Three of Viewmont's top runners are fighting off illness and injuries at the moment.