Cross country runs down 9th place at State Championship

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By Joshua Christensen

Cross country runners blast off the line towards a 9th place finish. Photo by Josh Christensen
Cross country runners blast off the line towards a 9th place finish. Photo by Josh Christensen

Cross country boys and girls teams earned ninth place at the NIAA 4A State Championship on Saturday, Nov. 5. Craig Ranch hosted the challengingly hot race.

“I feel like if I can run [six] miles in 102° [weather], I can probably do anything, ” Haley Cromwell, sophomore, said.

Despite the heat, of the seven boys and seven girls who went to state, six of them broke their personal records.

“There were so many amazing runners, especially from the north part of the state. They inspired me to push harder, and I was able to reach a personal best time.  I’ve loved running cross country this year, and I’ve loved the sense of unity on the varsity team, ” Claire Rawlins, freshman, said.

In cross country, team scores are earned from the first five finishers’ places. These are added up, and the lowest score wins. Rawlins and Nathan Cromwell, senior,  finished eighteenth and thirty-third helping pull Coronado into the ninth slot with 205 and 210 points respectively.

“[It was a] pretty good year; I mean we made state. I would like to see us do a little bit better in this race, but overall I think we did okay, ” Coach Tondryk said.

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Joshua Christensen, of the class of 2020, is the co-online editor the staff. He is native to Utah but has also lived in Iowa. He loves to write news and sports pieces, but he also writes for the opinion and features sections. This year he will manage the website and hopes to avoid a catastrophic systems failure. His favorite food is pizza and chow mein noodles. He hopes to get a degree in Computer Science from BYU. His goal in life is to be successful, move to Utah, travel, and create an award-winning app.