Park City hosted the Region 10 Cross Country meet on Tuesday, Oct. 15 in cold and windy conditions. Each team had been preparing all season for this all-important race, which serves as the qualifier for the state meet next Wednesday. The Trojans steadily progressed throughout the course of the season and even edged out teams that had bested them in earlier meets.
Every big race is accompanied with pre-race jitters, and the region meet tested the nerves of each athlete. The difficult course at high elevation included steep hills and varied terrain. As the results were tabulated, Morgan waited nervously to learn of their fate. Jubilant cheers echoed through the crisp air when the Morgan boys narrowly beat out Juan Diego as the final qualifying team for state by a mere two points. In a race this close, every runner makes a difference and truly emphasizes the team nature of this sport. The girls qualified by a much more comfortable margin.
Both the boys and girls ended with fourth place team standings in region. Individually, Andrew Allen and Candace Gunn took home all region honors and received medals for their top 10 finishes. Andrew finished sixth overall for the boys with Candace placing 10th among the girls. Both runners had outstanding races and have consistently led their teams all season.
The top five finishers from each team count toward the team score and are listed as follows: