BY JENNIFFER WARDELL
“This group of girls has a unique ability to forget themselves and work for each other,” said coach Corbin Talley. “As individuals, they are each very solid runners, but when they are running together as teammates, they are something great.”
The team time is determined by the amount of time it takes all top five runners to cross the finish line. The top five Davis High girls beat Bingham’s old time by one minute and 22 seconds, crossing the finish line with a combined time of one hour, 32 minutes and 27 seconds. All five runners finished in the top 10 of the 5A state race, earning them all-state honors.
The Davis girls’ team also beat their nearest competitors, American Fork, by 63 points.
“They wrote one another’s names in Sharpee on their arms to remind themselves who they were running for, and to remind themselves of all the hard work they had done together to get to this point,” said Talley.
Freshman Aubrey Argyle finished second in the race, finishing the three-mile course in 18 minutes and 9.2 seconds.
“It was the second fastest time a freshman girl has ever run on the course,” said Talley. “She had a very strong final 800 meters.”
The Davis boys’ team took third place in the 5A race, falling behind Lone Peak and state champion American Fork. They were 63 points behind the first place winner, but Talley said he’s still proud of the race they ran.
“Though they’re not in the spotlight, they ran in an incredibly tough race,” he said. “We were very excited about their performance.”
Davis senior Skylar Williams earned all-state honors by finishing eighth in the 5A race, completing the course with a time of 15 minutes and 45.9 seconds. According to Talley, it was his personal best on the course.
In the girls’ 5A race, Northridge High sophomore Courtney Wayment also took all-state honors with a fifth-place victory. In the 4A races, Woods Cross High’s Millika Holbrook took all-state honors with a fourth place win, while Jacob Stone and Taylor Dillon did the same with eighth and tenth place finishes, respectively.
Despite the end of the state championships, the season isn’t over for the Davis High cross country teams.
They’re still getting ready for the Nike Regional Championships in Arizona on Nov. 23, and hope to earn a spot at the Nike National Championships in Portland, Ore., on Dec. 7.
“(In previous years), we have qualified two girls’ teams for the Nike Nationals,” said Talley. “We’re going to continue training hard to prepare for this year.”