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BYU invitational cross country meet: Woods Cross runner Carlee Hansen cruises to victory

Hansen had little trouble securing her win in the 5K on Saturday, while the boys race came down to a photo finish.

Woods Cross High School’s Carlee Hansen leads the pack to win the girls varsity 5K during the BYU Autumn Classic Cross Country Invitational at the East Bay Golf Course Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019 in Provo. Westlake High’s Emma Heslop took second with Hurricane High’s Caila Odekirk taking third.
Woods Cross High School’s Carlee Hansen leads the pack to win the girls varsity 5K during the BYU Autumn Classic Cross Country Invitational at the East Bay Golf Course Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019 in Provo. Westlake High’s Emma Heslop took second with Hurricane High’s Caila Odekirk taking third.
Chuck Wing, Deseret News

PROVO — The finish of cross-country races often involves runners becoming disoriented due to exhaustion, or even needing immediate medical assistance. But as for Woods Cross junior Carlee Hansen, she looked like she was ready for more after her finish.

Hansen took home first place in the 5K competition at the BYU Autumn Classic on Saturday with a finishing time of 18:45.1, outdistancing Westlake’s Emma Heslop (18:47.1) and Hurricane’s Caila Odekirk (18:48.1).

“The pace wasn’t very fast, so my time wasn’t great, but it was all about running to win today,” Hansen said. “So it feels great. The competition was great today, so it feels even better.”

As mentioned, Hansen appeared ready for more after crossing the finish line, and confirmed as much.

“It’s just because it was a slow race,” Hansen said. “I had a lot of energy to spend at the end, because it was a slow race, so I just went for it and was able to finish strong because of it. It all went great and I’m so happy to win this one today.”

Hansen had to fight through injury last year, which limited her activity and made her unable to compete in BYU’s Autumn Classic, which made her win Saturday perhaps even more special.

“It just feels great being healthy again,” Hansen said. “Everything is fine and I’m ready to have a good year and to run my best. This was a good race to build on those things.”

In the boys competition, the finish couldn’t have been closer, with American Fork’s Ashton Haysell (15:47.0) diving to finish just ahead of Stansbury’s Carson Belnap (15:47.1).

5K boys results

  1. Ashton Haysell, American Fork (15:47.1); 2. Carson Belnap, Stansbury (15:47.1); 3. Porter Whitworth, Grantsville (15:50.3); 4. Joshua Armstrong, Hurricane (15:51.9); 5. Mark Boyle, Corner Canyon (15:57.5); 6. Seth Robertson, Herriman (15:58.1)

5K girls results

  1. Carlee Hansen, Woods Cross (18:45.1); 2. Emma Heslop, Westlake (18:47.1); 3. Caila Odekirk, Hurricane (18:48.1); 4. Eliza Arrington, Lone Peak (18:50.0); 5. Reagan Gardner, Lone Peak (18:50.6); 6. Natalie Jensen, American Fork (19:00.3)