Add cross country to the growing list of sports Utah high schoolers excel in. If results of Saturday's 16th annual Foot Locker Cross Country Championships are any indication, the Beehive State is racing toward national excellence.
Provo High junior Mary Huang earned All-American status with a 12th-place finish, while Bingham High senior Corbin Talley did the same in the boys competition. Add fellow All-American Dula Parkinson's efforts to the mix - he finished 17th overall - and Utah made some noise at the event."To have three here from Utah is amazing," said Parkinson, a senior at Mountain View.
The trio earned spots in the national competition by placing among the leaders at the regionals a week earlier.
But . . .
"This was like Western Regionals times four," said Huang. "It's awesome."
Huang finished the course in 17:34.4, while her state mates Tally and Parkinson posted times of 15:22.2 and 15:25.9 respectively. In addition, the Utah men helped the Western Region capture team honors.
"This is it," said Parkinson. "It's just totally amazing."
Participants were showered with hospitality in sunny San Diego. In addition to lodging at a fancy hotel and eating choice meals, the harriers had the opportunity to meet famous athletes and race with America's best.
TV COVERAGE: Highlights from the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships, which featured three Utah runners at nationals, will be broadcast on ESPN's Scholastic Sports America program on Monday, Dec. 19. The program, which airs at 3:30 p.m., will also be shown at the same time on Christmas Day.
ROUNDBALL RANKS: Life atop the DesNews basketball rankings proved to be a secure residence for eight of the 10 leaders this week. Only Enterprise (1A boys) and South Summit (2A girls) fell from top spots. However, both landed safely at No. 2 (See rankings on D1).
IN AND OUT: Teams which entered and departed the DesNews prep rankings this week.
BOYS - Viewmont (5A: 5th) and Uintah (3A: 3rd) replace Bingham and Pine View .
GIRLS - Bountiful (5A: 5th), Bear River (4A: 4th), San Juan (2A: 4th) and Rowland Hall-St, Mark's (1A: 5th) replace West Jordan , Provo , Millard and Wayne .
ALL-STATE BANQUET: The Utah Football Coaches Association will host its annual high school All-State awards banquet Monday night at the Comfort Inn in Salt Lake City. DesNews MVPs Randy Lamoreaux , Spencer Morris , Rhett Deets , Bucky Orton and Steve Ellis will he honored at the dinner, as will state rushing leader Stuart Petersen of Bear River and more than 100 other first-team performers.
WRESTLEMANIA: Wasatch High was ranked 14th in the latest USA Today wrestling rankings. The Wasps, 9-0 overall, were the only Utah team included in the Top 25. Wasatch senior Cody Sanderson (119), a three-time state place-winner, was included in a list of the country's top wrestlers in the national publication.
DIAL AWARD: Seniors Shannon Miller of Edmond North High School in Oklahoma and Taymon Domzalski of the New Mexico Military Institute were recently named winners of the 16th annual Dial Award, a national honor for prep athletes. Miller is an Olympic gymnast, while Domzalski is an All-American basketball player. The duo were selected by a national panel of administrators, journalists and educators on the basis of athletic, academic and civic contributions. Herschel Walker, Tiger Woods and Cheryl Miller are among past winners.