PROVO — Davis High's boys and Orem's girls did exactly what they were expected to do Saturday morning, running off with respective titles at the Provo Bulldog Invitational cross country meet at Kiwanis Park.
The Darts, favored along with Bingham to be one of the top 5A boys' teams this season, placed five racers in the top 20 enroute to a convincing win over second-place Orem and third-place Provo. Meanwhile the Lady Tigers of Orem, who also figure to battle Bingham for 5A superiority, held off Fremont for the girls' title.
Box Elder's Shaun Kelley turned in the day's top performance, winning the 5K race in a time of 16:18, just two seconds ahead of Bryant Jensen of Fremont. Davis placed runners in third and fourth, with Jace Nye and Brad Phippen, both juniors, taking those spots. Orem's Clark Nielsen was fifth. Rounding out the top 10 for varsity boys were Phil Thomas of Provo in sixth, Scott Hillman of West Jordan in seventh, Dustin Ormond of Orem in eighth, Jeremy Knowles of Davis in ninth, and Bob Lamber of West Jordan in tenth.
Davis finishers in the top 20 also included junior Mark Oram in 11th and senior Erik Lindstrom in 20th.
Kelley and Jensen broke away from the pack early, along with Nye, Phippen and Nielsen.
Orem's Amber Harper had no such challenge as the talented junior easily ran off with the girls' medalist honors. She finished in a time of 18:52, a new meet and course record and more than 40 seconds ahead of Fremont's Jaime Stubbs. Sarah Budgen of East was third, Lisa Frischknecht of Davis fourth and Orem's Megan Matson fifth. Harper, whose main competition this year in invitationals should come from Bingham twin dynamos Laura and Jackie Zeigle, was in charge the entire race.
Rounding out the top 10 ladies were Jenna Taylor of Provo in sixth, Jen Buss of Orem in seventh, Jerrica Hall of Fremont in eighth, Katrina Smart of Logan in ninth and Katie Burgon of Orem in tenth.
The meet also rewarded runners from lower division (1A and 2A) schools. Altamont was declared team winner in the girls' competition, while Layton Christian won the boys' title. Layton Christian's Derek Sensenstein set a new lower division boys' record with a time of 18:02. Next Saturday's invitationals are in Murray and at Cottonwood High School.
GREAT RACE OF THE GREAT BAY: Mountain View High won all four races in which it was involved during Saturday's Great Race of the Great Bay in San Francisco.
Running on the historic 3.1 mile Golden Gate Park course, Mountain View's boys held off Mt. Spokane, Wash.; Bend, Ore.; and Norwalk, Calif., each team the defending state champions. The Bruins scored 63 points to 67 for Mt. Spokane. Nate Houle was the top Bruin finisher.
The Lady Bruins also won their race, besting nationally-ranked Peninsula by 33 points.