Pine View boys win state 4A cross-country championship

Pine View runners pose after winning 4A state boys cross-country title, L-R: Boston Horspool, Luke Huddleston, Michael Abegglen, Julien Canales (holding trophy), Cooper Despain, Scottie Bushar and Nathan Beitler. Sugarhouse Park, Salt Lake City, Utah, Oct. 17, 2018 | Photo courtesy of Pine View Athletics, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Led by a stellar first-place overall finish by its top senior runner, along with strong performances from his teammates, the Pine View Panthers won the state boys 4A cross-country title Wednesday afternoon.

Pine View runners react after winning 4A state championship in boys cross-country, Sugarhouse Park, Salt Lake City, Utah, Oct. 17, 2018 | Photo courtesy of Pine View Athletics, St. George News

Competing at Sugarhouse Park in Salt Lake City, the Panthers scored 59 points to win the meet handily, while Region 9 rival Canyon View placed second overall with 125 points. A total of 16 4A schools participated in the event.

Pine View and Canyon View also had the top two individual finishers, in that order. Julien Canales of Pine View crossed the finish line in first place out of 124 runners, in a time of 15 minutes, 42.2 seconds. Canyon View senior Easton Brandt was less than two seconds back, placing second in a time of 15:44.0.

Pine View coach David Holt said Canales ran this year with a renewed sense of dedication.

“He was all in, and you can see that through this year,” Holt said of Canales. “He really committed himself to the team. He gave up everything as far as his own personal goals, and was completely about the team.”

Holt described the race itself, from its measured start to its fast-paced finish.

“We were expecting a pretty close race, because all the teams from our region are really good. And then you throw in a couple of the teams from up north; we were thinking it would be a really close race.”

Holt added that they had talked to the boys about being patient. “A lot of times, we get excited and start out a little too quick.”

Holt said the race played out as follows:

The race started. They were in good position. There was probably a pack of about eight boys for the first mile and a half, almost 2 miles, and then our two top guys were in that pack … and that pack just fractured, and our top two guys went and moved right up to the lead. Meanwhile, the rest of the boys on our team just kept moving up the whole race.

Holt said as he waited at the finish, he was thrilled to see Canales coming across a little hill in the lead position. Not far behind him was Pine View senior Nathan Beitler, who placed fourth overall with a time of 15:51.1.

Also for the Panthers, sophomore Scottie Bushar placed 15th (scoring 13), senior Cooper Despain took 21st (scoring 19) and senior Michael Abegglen came in 24th (scoring 22). The placement positions of each of the top five finishers are counted toward the team total, but a few individual athletes who competed solo because their teams didn’t qualify for state were excluded from the team scoring. Ties were broken by the sixth-place runner’s finish.

Canyon View boys pose with runner-up trophy at 4A state cross-country meet, L-R: Jared Winn, Jared Hunt, Samuel Fish, Easton Brandt (holding trophy), McKay Burnside, Eddie Valenzuela and Hunter Jones. Sugarhouse Park, Salt Lake City, Utah, Oct. 17, 2018 | Photo courtesy of Canyon View Athletics, St. George News / Cedar City News

Coach Lisa Baker of runner-up Canyon View said she was proud of her team, whose motto and focus was to “train hard, think big, be humble and stay hungry.”

“From the first day of practice, we lived by this,” she said. “Especially the train hard part. We had ups and downs throughout the season, but we stayed determined and focused on the ultimate goal, the only race that mattered: State. Each boy did his part for his team today and it paid off.”

Also from Region 9, Hurricane High brothers Joshua and Caleb Armstrong placed sixth and ninth overall, respectively, helping the Tigers to a fifth-place team finish. Desert Hills placed sixth. For complete results, click here.

4A boys results, state cross-country championships

  1. Pine View 59 (1, 4, 13, 19, 22)
  2. Canyon View 125 (2, 18, 21, 31, 53)
  3. Mountain View 141 (11, 16, 28, 35, 51)
  4. Stansbury 143 (3, 20, 32, 36, 52)
  5. Hurricane 154 (6, 9, 15, 54, 70)
  6. Desert Hills 172 (8, 25, 27, 55, 57)
  7. Orem 172 (10, 14, 43, 45, 60)
  8. Bonneville 216 (5, 12, 23, 68, 108)
  9. Ridgeline 219 (34, 37, 39, 40, 69)
  10. Salem Hills 243 (30, 33, 41, 50, 89)
  11. Spanish Fork 252 (7, 38, 58, 61, 88)
  12. Ogden 293 (26, 42, 67, 78, 80)
  13. Park City 306 (46, 47, 65, 73, 75)
  14. Logan 327 (17, 44, 83, 85, 98)
  15. Green Canyon 332 (24, 56, 77, 84, 91)
  16. Bear River 407 (29, 74, 94, 104, 106)

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