Clipper Staff Writer
BOUNTIFUL — There’s nothing more confidence boosting than going into a region meet with a top national ranking.
The Davis High girls’ cross country team was ranked the top girls’ cross country team in the nation last week by Dyestat, a website devoted to high school track and field.
The team, which will join the Viewmont High teams at the Region 1 championships at Layton Park on Oct. 14, isn’t worried about similarly distinguishing themselves.
“We’re number one in the U.S., so I think we’ll take region,” said coach Corbin Talley.
The boys’ team was ranked 38th in the nation by Dyestat, but Talley feels that they’re still strong going into region.
“Weber’s pretty good, and they may challenge us,” he said. Though four other Utah cross country teams are ahead of Davis in the boys’ rankings, none of them are in Region 1.
Woods Cross High’s boys’ and girls’ cross country teams see more of a challenge in the upcoming Region 6 championships, set for Oct. 11 in Salt Lake. Bountiful High teams will also compete.
“It should be an interesting meet,” said coach Sam Wood. “It’s definitely up in the air for both boys and girls. It will be interesting to see if our team can come around at the right time.”
In cross country racing, a runner receives points equal to the position they finished in the race, and the team with the fewest total points wins. Though there are no individual winners, strong runners can help keep a team’s points low enough for victory.
For the Davis High girls’ team, a group of four seniors and one freshman have led the way for most of the season.
Senior Taylor Cox and freshman Aubrey Argyle “go back and forth as number one,” according to Talley, with Hannah Albrechtsen, Kenzie Weir, and Ashley Tyndall right behind them. Over on the boys’ team, Skylar Williams and Josh Ward are the top runners.
On the Woods Cross High teams, Millika Holbrook is the top runner on the girls’ side. Though she was out for much of the summer with an injury, Wood said she’s had a great season.
“She’s a talented athlete, and she’s come on really strong as of late,” he said. “I think she’ll be one of the state winners.”
Over on the boys’ side, senior Jacob Stone and junior Taylor Dillon lead the pack.
“Jacob is one of our four-year athletes, and he’s worked really hard and improved quite a bit over the last few years,” Wood said. “Taylor is right on his heels.”
The question, though, is how closely the rest of the team will follow.
“Our biggest thing is going to be to make sure all of our runners step up,” he said. “I think we’ll see some great performances.”