WOODS CROSS – The Wood Cross boys’ cross country team may be ready to add a cross country trophy to their matching set of spring track trophies.
According to coach Sam Wood, this year’s boys’ team is one of the strongest he’s ever seen. They’ll compete this Saturday in American Fork, along with the girls’ team, a start that may be only the first step along the path to another title.
“The boys’ team has the potential to be the most talented team we’ve ever had,” said Wood. “We have a lot of talent all the way down the ranks. There’s no room for slacking off, because someone will come up from behind and replace you.”
The top runner on the boys’ team is Taylor Dillon, who was in the top 10 in cross country last season. Though he’s one of the team members who have been caught in a rash of non-track related injuries, Wood expects that won’t slow him down in the long run.
“He’s a great person to have as number one as soon as we get him back,” he said.
Wood slots Dillon’s fellow senior Andrew Rummens in a top spot as well, followed immediately by several other powerful runners.
“On a lot of other teams, they’d be first or second,” said Wood. “But we have a really strong team.”
On the girls’ side, Millika Holbrook continues to be a top runner for the team, followed by Haley Tadler.
“We have a nice group of girls,” said Wood. “We had a strong summer, which is a good indication for when we get into competition season.”
Davis High’s cross country teams are facing some of the same challenges they did during the spring track season, with a lot of their top runners having graduated last spring. Still, last year’s championship-winning girls’ team took first place at the recent Highland Invite, edging out the second place winner American Fork by 12 points. Aubrey Argyle, the top runner for the team, came in second.
“Aubrey really showed her toughness as the race went out very fast and the second half took a lot of guts and determination,” said coach Corbin Talley. “She stayed patient and didn’t give up, and was able to move from 4th to 2nd in the final 400 meters.”
Though the boys’ team came in second to Timpanogos by the same margin that the girls’ team won, Talley feels that both his teams have hope for the coming season.
They’ll again hit the course next week at a pre-region meet at Layton Park, followed by the USU Invite in Logan.
“I felt good about our efforts and about where we can get this season if we work for it,” he said. “We definitely still have a lot of work in front of us. The most important thing is to take that race and improve in each race to come.”