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1A cross-country: Taylia Norris, Luke Reeder take individual titles; Wayne, Milford claim team championships

Wayne High School’s cross-country runners embrace after discovering they won their first ever state championship during the 1A State Cross-Country Championships at Sugar House Park and Highland High School in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019.
Wayne High School’s cross-country runners embrace after discovering they won their first ever state championship during the 1A State Cross-Country Championships at Sugar House Park and Highland High School in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019.
Colter Peterson

SALT LAKE CITY — Panguitch senior Taylia Norris narrowly lost her Region 20 championship race after Kinley Spaulding of Milford narrowly beat her at the finish line.

At state, Norris was able to emerge victorious in the three-mile race Wednesday, taking the 1A girls individual crown with a time of 19:17.4. Spaulding finished second in 19:35.5 and Adelaide Englestead finished third in 19:54.6.

“It’s a good feeling,” Norris said.

Losing the region meet turned out to be a net positive for Norris, who worked harder in preparation for the state meet to ensure she would be the winner.

“I think losing the region meet was probably good for me because it made me push harder this meet, made be a little bit more hungry for the win,” Norris said.

The second mile on the course, which ran through Sugar House Park and ended at the track inside Highland High School, was the hardest part of the course for Norris.

“I think the second mile is probably always the hardest, just staying focused that second mile can be kind of a challenge sometimes,” Norris said.

Milford won the 1A girls team title with a score of 18. It had runners finish in second, fourth, fifth and seventh place.

Spaulding led the team with a second-place finish, while Akaydeh Livingston and Taylor Alger finished in fourth and fifth place, respectively. Aliza Woolsey was seventh and Whytney Stoddard came in eighth place.

“They’ve worked hard. Some of these guys have been running together for four years. To watch them keep going, keep going. We lost a heartbreaker last year by a tie, but it helps make up for it this year. These guys are phenomenal athletes. They’ve been all season. This is our goal, we helped them get here,” Milford coach Donald Livingston said.

On the boys side, Luke Reeder of Panguitch claimed the individual crown with a time of 17:16.8 after finishing sixth last year. It was a great way for him to close out his senior year.

“It feels pretty good,” Reeder said.

Following closely behind Reeder was Miles Guerrero of Wayne in 17:21.2, and Porter Schoppe of Panguitch in 17:31.6

“They were pushing me the whole race,” Reeder said.

Wayne captured its first boys cross-country championship with a score of 33. It had the second, sixth-, 12th- and 13th-place finishers, led by Guerrero. Reed Edwards finished sixth and Jace Edwards and Riley Edwards finished 12th and 13th, respectively.

“I’m just so proud of this team. They put so many hours and so much time into this. They’ve really come together as a team these last few week and just to see them all come in and for us to get our first boys championship, there’s no words, there’s no words to describe it. I’m so happy for them,” Wayne coach Lane Sorensen said. “The program, it’s taken some time to build it, but I think this is really going to help the school kind of get behind us and really show their support for the program.”

Class 1A state championships

Boys team scores

1. Wayne, 33

2. Panguitch, 53

3. Piute, 56

4. Water Canyon, 82

5. Valley, 91

6. Bryce Valley, 106

7. Milford, 114

8. Pinnacle, 162

Boys individual results

1. Luke Reeder, Panguitch, 17:16.8

2. Miles Guerrero, Wayne, 17:21.2

3. Porter Schoppe, Panguitch, 17:31.6

4. John Scott, Rich, 17:54.7

5. Garrett Fisher, Milford, 17:59.1

6. Reed Edwards, Wayne, 18:00.8

7. Oakley Sylvester, Piute, 18:12.1

8. Brock Syrett, Bryce Valley, 18:13.4

9. Ruger Reeve, Valley, 18:21.4

10. Trace Bistline, Water Canyon, 18:21.5

Girls team scores

1. Milford, 18

2. Panguitch, 23

3. Wayne, 74

4. Monument Valley, 86

5. Bryce Valley, 90

6. Water Canyon, 105

7. Intermountain Christian, 130

8. Whitehorse, 158

Girls individual results

1. Taylia Norris, Panguitch, 19:17.4

2. Kinley Spaulding, Milford, 19:35.5

3. Adelaide Englestead, Panguitch, 19:54.6

4. Akaydeh Livingston, Milford, 20:55.3

5. Taylor Alger, Milford, 21:18.5

6. McKayla Holiday, Monument Valley, 21:22.0

7. Aliza Woolsey, Milford, 21:22.5

8. Whytney Stoddard, Milford, 21:50.1

9. Lacey Marshall, Panguitch, 22:08.6

10. Mikayla Reeder, Panguitch, 22:13.9