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Ogden boys, girls claim cross country titles

For the boys of Ogden, it was sweet revenge at Cottonwood Complex, as the Tigers captured the Region 11 cross country title for the first time in four years.

The Tigers took three of the top four spots and five of their runners finished in the top nine to reclaim the championship from Bear River, which finished in second after winning the previous three seasons.

The Bears' Chris Brower was first, followed by Ogden's Jacob Barton, Manuel Luna and Franco Montes. Bear River placed three in the top 10, including Blake Pence (5th) and Kevin Anderson (7th).

"The boys are back," Ogden coach Don Hall said. "I was a little surprised.

They actually won a little better than we thought."

The Tigers finished with 26 points, compared to 37 for Bear River.

Hall points out that his team had beaten the Bears all last season, but fell in disappointing fashion to their rivals in the region championship.

"That is what we have talked about all year, so this is good revenge," he said.

Ogden has now won eight of the last 11 region titles.

"It's been an up and down season for us," Brower said. The Bears' top runner, who suffered an injury to his right hamstring in a race last week, met an individual goal.

"I finished in second at the region race last year, so my top goal this season was to take first," he said. "Now hopefully I can stay close to (Judge Memorial's Luke) Puskedra next week at state."

Grantsville finished third in the team standings (68) and had five runners in the top 20, led by Trevor Cox in 6th place and Brian Peterson, who came in 12th.

Logan was next with 117 points. The Grizzlies' top runner was Daniel Olsen (10th). Rounding out the top five was Morgan (122), which was led by Jansen Bennett in 14th place. Ben Lomond (161) finished in 6th with the Scots' Trent McLelland finished 23rd.

On the girls side, Ogden continued its dominance, winning for the fourth year in a row. That means the Tigers have come out on top nine out of the last 11 years.

Sarah Callister and Chloe Calton took the top two spots, followed by Logan's Taylor Thornley and Niki Bennett. Ogden's Marae Wright, Kelsie Lawrence and Hannah Lloyd, ended in the 9th through 11th positions, respectively.

The Tigers won with 33 points, ahead of Logan's 44.

"Chloe pushed me the whole way," Callister said. "I know I wouldn't run as well if she wasn't pushing me. We are both very competitive but we're also best friends."

After the race, Hall said his runners' work ethic is a testament to their success.

"Sarah and Chloe run about 50 miles a week," he said. "It's hard to convince high school kids that running three miles is fun, so when you have kids that go way beyond that, they serve as role models and mentors to the other girls and to the boys, too."

Ben Lomond was third with 92 points, and had two finishers in the top 10 o Shaelynn Barnett (5th) and Jenna Deelstra (8th).

Grantsville finished fourth (100) and was led by Jessica Collings (12th).

Next was Morgan (110), which got a strong performance by top runner Ariel Quarez, who came in 6th.

Bear River (130) was 6th, paced by Emily Pickett, who was 14th.


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