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Mountain View harriers beat Bingham to tie season series

After four invitationals, the race for the 5A boys state cross country title appears to be coming down to a photo finish.

Bingham, ranked second nationally, had beaten Mountain View (ranked third nationally) in the first two invitationals of the year, but now it's all tied at two apiece.The Bruins rebounded with a win over the Miners at the Murray Invitational, and Saturday morning at Utah Valley State College, Mountain View did it again at the 28th annual Orem Kiwanis cross country meet.

It may not have been an accurate indication of what will happen at the state meet in a few weeks, since the varsity race lumped runners from 1A-5A together, but it is the last big invitational of the year.

"You know what they say - there's only one race that matters - but us and Mountain View always take these races seriously," said Bingham coach Jeff Arbogast. "I would have to put them (Mountain View) ahead of us right now."

Bingham's Dennis Lorenz nearly won the boys individual title, but he couldn't overtake Provo's Josh Rohatinsky, who held off Lorenz down the stretch to win by nearly two seconds with a time of 15:28.

Mountain View's top finisher was Andrew Bybee, who finished 9th, but the Bruins won on the strength of how their four other runners placed (13th, 15th, 19th and 20th).

Mountain View's score of 76 points was just enough to edge 4A Mountain Crest with 87. Rock Springs (Wyoming) was third, followed by Provo and Bingham.

Last year's defending boy's champion, Bryan Lindsay of Timpanogos, finished third, and Ryan Long of Pleasant Grove was fourth.

In the girls competition, Lehi took two of the top three spots. Shae Messersmith, who hasn't lost an invitational this year, held off Evanston's Katie Moon by a second to win the race.