Boys Championship: Sprout Outlasts Allred
Sprout and Allred took the luxury of setting a fairly pedestrian pace through the first mile. Honestly, they could probably have run even slower than they did and still nobody would have dared to have gone around. As it was, they clipped through the first mile in about 4:48.
That's not exactly slow, but neither does it push many contenders out of the running.
Sprout and Allred, however, picked up the pace on the second mile and forced a few hard decisions among the lead pack. It wasn't long, though, before the lead pack had dwindled to two. The race was going to come down between the two, much as everyone had expected.
On the last finger of the course before the big turn back to the finish at the soccer fields, it was still Sprout and Allred going shoulder-to-shoulder. Sprout, however, would have more left over the last 400 or so meters and would claw his way to a 14:39. That would provide him a bit more than two seconds margin of victory at the finish.
Dakota Ridge clung to the advantage Vancil and Ohlson provided . Jacob White finished 24th, Ben Morrin 60th, and Ben Piegat 71st to wrap up the DR scoring. After non-team-scoring individuals were eliminated, that left Mark Stenbeck's crew with 107 points.
Despite Easton Allred's varsity presence, allowed by NXN though not permitted by CHSAA, Mountain Vista was not able to climb into second. So, Jonathan Dalby's crew waits another week to see if they can snag an at-large bid to the big dance.
Davis (Utah) was fourth, but probably too far back to get any at-large attention.