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4A cross-country championships: Stansbury and Pine View prove dominant

Pine View met the program’s big expectations on Wednesday while Stansbury came together when it mattered most.

Pine View High runners celebrate their first-place team title in the 4A Girls State Cross-Country Championships at Highland High School in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019.
Pine View High runners celebrate their first-place team title in the 4A Girls State Cross-Country Championships at Highland High School in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Expectations run high for the Pine View girls cross-country program, and on Wednesday, the Panthers met those expectations.

Competing in the 4A state championships held at Sugarhouse Park, Pine View scored a combined team win over second-place Desert Hills and third-place Ridgeline to take home yet another trophy for the decorated program.

“This has just been built on a legacy of years and years,” said Pine View coach David Holt. “We have good mix of seniors through freshman and every year they come in with the expectation of winning. It doesn’t always happen, but the expectation every year is to win it.”

The Panthers came up just short a year ago, and came into Wednesday’s race confident to take back the title. Leading the way was senior Jessica Hill with her second-place finish, followed by Alli Baker, who finished eighth.

“Jessica brings a lot of fire and intensity to the team and we had some younger runners who really stepped up,” Holt said. “Most of these girls have sisters who have run here and we just love the tradition we’re building.”

The individual championship went to Hurricane sophomore Caila Odekirk, who blew away everyone with her time of 18:17.6, outdistancing Hill by just short of 25 seconds.

“It feels great and I was hoping I could do it coming in today,” Odekirk said. “I was able to run a good race and yeah, things worked out well.”

The 4A boys individual competition was taken down by Stansbury’s Carson Belnap, who also won by a very wide margin with his 15:24.1 time.

“It was about what I expected,” Belnap said of his win. “I was a lot more consistent with my training this past year and improved a lot on my performance. It was a goal of mine to get this and fortunately things worked out.”

Belnap’s finish helped secure the team championship for Stansbury, which edged out second-place Cedar and third-place Desert Hills.

“Ever since last year these boys have worked hard to get this and I’m just so proud of them for the work for it all to come together,” said Stansbury coach Steve Allen. “We finished fourth last year after winning the championship the year before, so our kids just wanted to work and get back that championship this year.”

4A state championship results

Boys team scores

  1. Stansbury, 50
  2. Cedar, 70
  3. Desert Hills, 91
  4. Pine View, 117
  5. Ridgeline, 147
  6. Hurricane, 206
  7. Canyon View, 211
  8. Ogden, 215

Boys individual results

  1. Carson Belnap, Stansbury, 15:24.1
  2. Bailey Oswald, Cedar, 15:44.9
  3. Josh Oblad, Stansbury, 15:45.4
  4. Luke Huddleston, Pine View, 15:54.2
  5. Carson Helmer, Desert Hills, 15:58.3
  6. Mckay Burnside, Canyon View, 16:03.5
  7. Scottie Bushar, Pine View, 16:04.2
  8. Joshua Armstrong, Hurricane, 16:04.8
  9. Talmage Ricks, Stansbury, 16:11.1
  10. Tyler Nance, Desert Hills, 16:11.3

Girls team scores

  1. Pine View, 70
  2. Desert Hills, 118
  3. Ridgeline, 130
  4. Cedar, 154
  5. Hurricane, 155.5
  6. Ogden, 158
  7. Canyon View, 174
  8. Bear River, 192

Girls individual results

  1. Caila Odekirk, Hurricane, 18:17.6
  2. Jessica Hill, Pine View, 18:42.0
  3. Madison Patrick, Ridgeline, 18:57.9
  4. Malayna Steffensen, Canyon View, 18:58.8
  5. Madison White, Bear River, 18:59.1
  6. Kate Dickson, Sky View, 19:04.4
  7. Olivia Webster, Cedar, 19:07.8
  8. Alli Backer, Pine View, 19:11.3
  9. Alexis Patrick, Ridgeline, 19:12.6
  10. Hailey Odekirk, Hurricane, 19:12.9