Tyman Smart ran away with the title Saturday morning.
That day Gregory nabbed his second consecutive title in 33:21, while Central's Cardenas and Smart went 3-4, both running 34:15.
This year they filled the top five - but in a different order, and a few more decided to join in and have big runs of their own.
Call it a Remix.
This year Smart out-smarted the field with a mid-race push that resembled a Tour de France style attack. The future Western Mountaineer telescoped away from his pursuers, which included defending champ Gregory, 5A 800 State champ - and teammate/future Adams State rival - Cardenas, as well as Colin Szuch and William Ledden.
Smart cruised downhill during the final mile of the 5.4 mile race to tally the fastest finish in the race's short history. Smart's 32:50 won the event by nearly 30 seconds, as Gregory took the runner-up spot this year in 33:18, and Szuch added to Smart's shocker in the results with a stellar third place finish in 33:32.
Ledden finished fourth in 33:38, and Cardenas rounded out the top five in 33:54.86, once again sharing the same exact time as someone else - Henry Murphy finished sixth in the same exact clocking.
While Gregory may have been denied his title defense, he didn't leave Salida without gold - his squad Brolic Lambz took the team title with 18 points, which was just three mere points ahead of Peak Performance. Warrior Distance took third based on time, as they too compiled 21 points, but Peak got the nod with their 1:42:36 combined time, which was 33 seconds faster than Warrior.
Like the boy's race, the girl's field was loaded.