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Span­ish Fork High School has had a jump in par­tic­i­pa­tion in its Cross Coun­try pro­gram over the last two years, and the Dons are off to a great start for this sea­son.

On Aug. 20, at the Pre-Re­gion Meet, the Boys Cross Coun­try team fin­ished in sec­ond place just eight points be­hind Salem. The girls fin­ished in fourth place. Top fin­ish­ers for the boys were He­ston An­der­sen (1st), Joey Buck (4th) and Nate Han­son (5th). Top fin­ish­ers for the girls were Made­line Stone (6th) and Alivia Evans (7th).

On Aug. 25 at the Salem Hills Meet, the Boys Span­ish Fork Cross Coun­try team beat Salem Hills For the first time in history. Top fin­ish­ers for the boys were He­ston An­der­sen (1st), Joey Buck (2nd), Nate Han­son (3rd), Fletcher Stan­worth (9th) and Guts Wright (15th). Top fin­ish­ers for the girls were Made­line Stone (5th), Sam Crockett (6th), Sarah Heaps (10th) and Alivia Evans (11th).

On Sept. 5 at the Utah County In­vite the Boys Cross Coun­try team took home a tro­phy with its sec­ond-place fin­ish. The girls team fin­ished in sixth place. Medal win­ners in the Boys Jr/Sr Race were He­ston An­der­sen (3rd), Joey Buck (8th), Nate Hansen (11th) and Fletcher Stan­worth (20th). Medal win­ner in the Boys Fr/Soph Race was Tan­ner Ol­son (16th). Medal win­ners in the Girls Jr/Sr Race were Made­line Stone (8th), Alivia Evans (18th) and Sam Crockett (19th). Medal win­ner in the Girls FR/Soph Race was Sarah Heaps(13th)

At the Mur­ray XC In­vite on Sept. 15, the boys team fin­ished in sev­enth place. The girls team fin­ished in 17th place. Medal win­ners were He­ston An­der­sen (10th) and Nate Han­son (21) out of nearly 900 male run­ners from Utah, Idaho and Wy­oming.

The boys team con­tin­ues to be the team to beat this year in our re­gion. While we have had in­di­vid­u­als qual­ify for state in the past two years (He­ston An­der­sen in 2013 and 2014 and Nate Han­son in 2014), the en­tire team has a team qual­i­fi­ca­tion within its reach. The girls are also fight­ing hard to qual­ify for state this year. We have sev­eral girls that have stopped play­ing other sports when they re­al­ized how great they are at run­ning. We wish the Cross Coun­try Dons good luck in their up­com­ing meets and at state next month.

Photo by Ed Helmick

This photo is shot down Lit­tle Rock Canyon with morn­ing sun­light. The photo was taken about 15 miles from Springville on For­est Ser­vice Road 027, which is ac­ces­si­ble from the Left Fork of Hob­ble Creek Canyon via Pole Heaven Road. A high-clear­ance ve­hi­cle is rec­om­mended as the road gets very rocky to­ward the top.

The Span­ish Fork High School Cross Coun­try pro­gram is see­ing great re­sults this year at their meets.

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