Contributed photo/JJ Collier
Grant Union had a full boys cross country team running in Friday’s 3A/2A/1A District 5 Championships at Pendleton Community Park.
“The weather was beautiful, and the course was flat, which makes for PR’s (personal records),” said Grant Union head coach Sonna Smith.
Thanks to a generous donor, most of the varsity team members were provided with cross country spikes for the race.
“Coach Brandon (Smith) and I were both happy with how the athletes performed,” Sonna said. “We had some outstanding efforts on both varsity and junior varsity, and that translated to personal bests.”
Setting a season record was junior Bo Olson with a time of 19:52. Sophomore Cole Deiter, junior Braden Spencer and sophomore Donavan Smith also set personal records.
On the girls side, sophomore Erika Dickens earned a season record, and sophomore Sierra Cates set a personal record.
Sonna explained how competitive their league is.
“Most districts in 1A/2A/3A get to take the top three teams and top five individuals to state,” she said. “Our Special District 5 gets to take only the top two teams and top five individuals, which really makes no sense because we are overloaded with talent.”
She added, “Our district has had the men’s first-place team seven times since 2007, and five out of the last five years, ladies teams from our league have placed first or second at state.”
Out of 11 teams, the Union boys placed first with Burns in second place.
For the girls, Enterprise placed first and Union was second.
Grant Union results
Bo Olson, 19:52.2, season record
Gage Brandon, 20:07.1
Tanner Elliott, 20:08.9
Cole Deiter, 20:44.0, personal record
Elisha Sheedy, 20:55.7
Braden Spencer, 21:13.3, personal record
Donavan Smith, 21:40.0, personal record
Erika Dickens, 23:15.3, season record
Savannah Wyllie, 23:31.1
Sierra Cates, 28:12.5, personal record
Ellie Justice, 29:45.4
Boys junior varsity
Jacob Smith, 21:41.3, personal record
Jesse Randleas, 22:24.8
Nathaniel Hodge, 29:12.5