San Juan High cross country competes in first Region 19 meet

The San Juan cross country team put on quite a show this past Wednesday, August 25 in Monroe, UT as they competed against Region 19 teams in their new 2A classification for the first time.

Several runners set personal records on the fairly flat course, running the fastest times they have ever run in their careers. The boys team followed their previous victory in Dolores with another first-place finish in a race that featured 109 competitors.

Edward Lyman led the Broncos with an impressive sixth-place finish and a time of 17:40. He was less than a minute behind the first-place finisher from Beaver and was followed in seventh place by Spencer Jensen who came in with a time of 18:20.

Ryan McCullough, usually the fifth runner on the boys team, surprised the field by coming in 11th (and third for San Juan) with a time of 18:43, which is over a minute faster than his personal best.

McCullough is only a sophomore and has been showing tremendous gains in speed and ability over the last year. Daniel Jolley came in next, taking 19th place with a time of 19:04 and a double-digit personal record.

He was followed by Abe Lyman in 22nd who finished with a time of 19:18, over a minute faster than his previous personal record. Rounding out the top seven for the boys were Toby Ward finishing 25th with a time of 19:36 and Dakota Long finishing 43rd with a time of 20:55.

The girls team, still missing key varsity runners due to illness, was still able to put up impressive individual finishes. In a field of 59 female competitors, Ella Lyman led the team and blazed to the finish in fifth place.

Saylor Perkins followed in 19th place, and Caroline Crippen, in her first race of the season, put up a 30th-place finish. Following Crippen, two runners came in quick succession: Taryn Nielson in 43rd, and Megan Black in 44th.

Close behind and rounding out the runners for the Lady Broncos was Tzosilah Etsitty in 48th. Unfortunately, due to a timing error the girls times were unavailable.

This week the team heads to Monticello for the Loyds Lake Classic on Friday, September 3. Races begin at 3 p.m. for the middle school, 4 p.m. for the high school boys, and 4:45 p.m. for the high school girls. Go support your local runners!

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