SHS cross coun­try places high at state

Serve Daily - - BUILDING COMMUNITY - By Josh Or­nelas SHS News Writer

On Oct. 19, Springville High School’s cross coun­try team trav­eled to Su­gar­house Park to par­tic­i­pate in the Utah State Cham­pi­onships. Ten­sions were high for the Red Devil ath­letes be­cause this was what the team had been train­ing for all year.

The first race for the team was the girls 4A di­vi­sion. The girls ran great and finished sixth, which was five places higher than their per­for­mance from last year. But the real high­light of that race was Julie Sum­sion who was the first to cross the line with a time of 17:55.8. Af­ter she finished, she was swarmed by friends, fam­ily and the me­dia. This was the goal that she had for her­self since day one.

“It was prob­a­bly at 400 to go when I passed the leader that I knew I could win, and it hit me when I broke the tape that I was the state cham­pion,” Sum­sion said.

The team was so ex­cited for her and it was great to see her fin­ish in first. Kait­lyn Gee finished as the team’s fifth run­ner and was the last scorer to boost the girls to sixth.

“It’s a lot of pres­sure be­ing the fifth run­ner, know­ing that you’ve got to pass all the other team’s fourth and fifth run­ners. In the end, ev­ery per­son counts,” Gee said.

The boys team finished third led by Grant Gard­ner who is now ranked 22nd in the na­tion af­ter his per­for­mance at state.

Gard­ner com­mented on his per­for­mance and said that be­ing ranked didn’t come to him as a big sur­prise, but he was glad that he was fi­nally able to be known as one of the best run­ners in the coun­try. Gard­ner’s time of 15:04.2 makes him the fastest sopho­more in the state meet’s his­tory.

“You know, it’s re­ally cool to see all the amaz­ing things our state has done and all of the great run­ners who have come. It just shows that I’ve run some pretty fast times, and I’m ex­cited for my ju­nior and se­nior year,” Gard­ner said,

Also hav­ing in­cred­i­ble per­for­mances were the Gar­nica twins Bran­don and Caleb. Caleb finished 87th last year and Bran­don 33rd. This year Bran­don finished in fourth fol­lowed by Caleb in 23rd. They credit their per­for­mances to their coaches and all the hard work they put in over the sum­mer.

The boys race was crazy see­ing how the top four teams were only sep­a­rated by 22 points. Olym­pus downed the de­fend­ing cham­pion Tim­pano­gos fol­lowed closely by Springville and Og­den. Over­all, Springville finished fourth in the state merged re­sults, ahead of a lot of other tal­ented teams.

Springville will now head down as a team to Ari­zona so that they can com­pete in the Nike Cross South­west Re­gion­als. This is the race that de­ter­mines who will go to na­tion­als.

Not only is it an im­pro­vised show so you won’t ever seen the same show twice, but it’s fam­ily friendly so you can feel com­fort­able bring­ing your kids, friends, date, co­work­ers, ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal lead­ers - heck, even your grand­par­ents.

Im­provBroad­way also of­fers classes for those that want to learn to be quick on their feet, have con­fi­dence in any pub­lic ca­pac­ity, per­form in shows or just want a su­per fun, in­ex­pen­sive hobby.

Doors of the brand-spankin’-new the­ater, lo­cated at 496 N. 900 East in Provo, of­fi­cially open on Nov. 12 with a kick­off show at 7 p.m.

For more in­for­ma­tion and tick­ets visit www.im­provbroad­way.com.

The Springville High School girls cross coun­try team placed sixth at state com­pe­ti­tion Oct. 19. The team was led by Julie Sum­sion, right, who took first place and be­came state cham­pion.

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