Pioneer Day, come and gone already. But with a huge influx of family and friends, it was one of the most memorable ever. And lots of fun activities to participate in or observe as a homemade root beer-drinking spectator.
Over 130 runners participated in the annual 5K run at Loyds Lake. This year’s version was decided by a sprint-n-lean, executed perfectly by Blanding’s Taylor Francom, whose tilt learned from all those cross country state championships put him ahead of Monticello’s Daniel Torres by a nose to win with only two tenths of a second to spare.
Sylvia Bedford, a student and cross country and track scholarship runner at Southern Utah University, easily claimed the women’s race.
Bailey Goodwine, Brielle Francom, Sylvia Bedford, Aleigh Nebeker, Laurie Randall, and Becky Peterson all claimed their age group titles, though the better part of discretion warns me not to print the age group except for Bailey’s 13 and under, and Brielle’s 13-18 and possibly Sylvia’s 19-29 group.
For the boys, age group winners were, 13 and under, Jed McArthur, Taylor Francom 18 and under, Daniel Torres 19-29, Jake Green 30-39, Ryan Heck 40-49 and Robert Hatch, the over 50 winner.
Fifteen youngsters tried their legs in the one mile run, with Kade Francom winning for the boys and Carlyn Goodwine capturing the girls. Thanks to all those locals and returned locals and relatives of locals for participating in the always delightful race.
Speaking of races, local high school runner Macee Nielson participated in the prestigious Deseret News 10K in Salt Lake City Saturday, besting 76 of the 80 runners in the 15-18 girls division to finish fourth.
Macee’s time of 38:11 is about a minute and a half behind the winner, but she bested all the Utah runners except two, most from 4A and 5A schools.
Back to the celebration in Monticello. A big thanks to the Don Palmer Memorial Boxing committee, Danny Palmer, Cole Palmer, Ricky Arthur, and Shadd Christensen, who organized and ran a rousing boxing match highlighted by the girls, with three spirited and... dare I say... dainty boxing matches?
Janessa Bowring and Riley Lyman duked it out first, with Janessa getting the decision. Kamry Arthur, pretending that Shannon Young was her husband, won her match, while Shantel Mussleman triumphed over Susan Benally.
Winners in the boys division were Cole Eldredge, who bested Danny Palmer, Colton Musselman, who after refusing to box his sister, went ahead and beat Jared Hansen, Jimmy Tate over Farrell Dee, Tyler Lee, who beat Jeremy Grisham, Adam Butler over David Boyle, Taj Eldredge’s win over Brandon Begay, Kendall Maughan beating Cody Randall and the highlight boys match, Brandon “Goose” Tate, who triumphed over Marcus Montgomery in the battle of the big guys.
Proceeds benefited the Monticello boys basketball team and Coach Maughan and the Buckaroo team heartily thank Palmer et. al. for their generosity and organizational skills.
The Blue Mountain Invitational Fast Pitch tournament disappointed no one, even those who didn’t win, just because that’s the way it is in Monticello this time of year.
Not even a little rain could stop Silverado, with many players from the old Bayles Exploration team, who triumphed with Steve Blackie leading the way by beating the undefeated Wasatch Iron team twice in a row.
The Hideout Golf Club reports one of the biggest weekends of golf ever with the course in the best condition ever.
Remember this coming weekend is the annual Hideout Shootout, a two best ball competition on Friday followed by the annual Hideout Amateur on Saturday and Saturday.
Finally, some of the best competition ever seen around these parts occurred far from the spotlight, like at the annual Pioneer Day Breakfast put on the by the Lion’s Club, although results were unavailable at press time.
And organizers of the Big Four Tractor Pull were tranquilly hyper-ventilating over the competition and couldn’t offer anything either.
Similarly, people were just enjoying things too much to care about who won the Games and Events for young and old at Veteran’s Memorial Park, the Pie Eating Contest at the Monticello Ballpark Pavilion, the Tug-O-War Competition, or the Obstacle Courses & Relays.
Thanks for coming!