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Judge, Orem race to titles

MURRAY — She'd just run the best 5K of her life and won her school's own invitational (in a time of 18:59.5), but Murray junior Nichole Torgersen had something else on her mind as she reached the finish line — the six teammates behind her.

During Friday's Murray Invitational in the city park, Torgersen showed why she's so highly thought of in cross country circles — she has talent, and she's a team player.

"We didn't have a full team last year. This is the first time in a long time Murray's had a full girls' team," the polite Torgersen said. With first-year Spartan coach Chad Bennion trying to rebuild the school's running program, Torgersen is the perfect epicenter for that effort. "I'm excited that we're getting better each week as a team."

Friday's race featured a number of changes, not the least of which was that it was run on a Friday. Traditionally the meet has been on a Saturday, like all prep invitationals, but a scheduling conflict in Murray Park prevented that this year. And the runners liked the changes, including the new course that's a true 5K.

"This is my kind of course," boys' winner Pat Smyth of Judge Memorial said after he ran his best-ever 5K with a time of 16:13.1. And like Torgersen, Smyth was more worried about the Bulldogs' effort to win the invite title and beat last year's champs from Orem, which Judge was able to do.

"The new course is better. It doesn't funnel in at the beginning and allows you to go out fast," Smyth said. That was his strategy, as he took the lead early and led all the way. Torgersen was shadowed by Park City sophomore Holly Simeon, who finished just over three seconds behind in second place in varsity girls.

Orem won the girls' team title and Cedar City tied Park City for second, but the Redmen's sixth-place runner finished higher, giving Cedar the silver trophy. Judge won the boys' title by seven points over Orem.

A number of other schools will run in this morning's Orem Kiwanis Invitational at Utah Valley State College.


MURRAY INVITATIONAL

BOYS

Team Scores: 1. Judge Memorial 55, 2. Orem 62, 3. Cedar 99, 4. Timpview 108, 5. Ogden 183, 6. Moffat Co (Wyo) 201, 7. Taylorsville 206, 8. West Jordan 261, 9. Pine View 274, 10. Park City 288.

Individuals: 1. Pat Smyth, JM, 16:13.1; 2. Wright, Orem, 16:28.4; 3. Finicum, TV, 16:45.5; 4. Hlady, JM, 16:49.3; 5. Knuth, JM, 16:49.8; 6. Hart, Cedar, 16:50.2; 7. Rodriguez, Ogden, 16:54.8; 8. Ostler, Orem, 16:55.2, 9. Sabin, Orem, 16:55.6; 10. Finch, PV, 16:57.6; 11. Whitmore, Rich, 17:00.7; 12. Hales, Ogden, 17:01.7; 13. Jensen, TV, 17:04.7; 14. Einfeldt, Cedar, 17:05.4; 15. Gaitan, JM, 17:06.9; 16. Ferguson, Tay, 17:09.1; 17. Nielsen, Btfl, 17:12.6; 18. Davis, CV, 17:14.2; 19. Wright, Orem, 17:15.5. 20. Yockey, Tay, 17:22.5

GIRLS

Team Scores: 1. Orem 97, 2. Cedar 127, 3. Park City 127, 4. Ogden 141, 5. West Jordan 159, 6. Moffat Co. (Wyo) 188, 7. Murray 189, 8. Timpview 219, 9. Box Elder 242, 10. Mtn. Crest 254.

Individuals: 1. Nichole Torgersen, Mur, 18:59,5; 2. Simeon, PC, 19:02.9; 3. Adams, Ogden, 19:53.9; 4. Madsen, Carbon, 20:03.3; 5. Martin, WJ, 20:06.9; 6. Karz, PC, 20:11.9; 7. Gaitan, JM, 20:12.7; 8. Miller, Cedar, 20:20.4; 9. Mella, Orem, 20:24.0; 10. DeHaan, SJ, 20:29.6; 11. Stegen, Ogden, 20:32; 12. Truman, PV, 20:35.8; 13. Frohlich, Rich, 20:40.4; 14. Crow, Clear, 20:43; 15. Holee, TV, 20:44.6; 16. Stay, Orem, 20:45.9; 17. Nelson, Ogden, 20:48.4; 18. Olpin, Wasatch, 20:52.1; 19. Reyes, Btfl, 20:53.5; 20. Brown, Bonn, 20:54.2.