Byline: Josh Loftin
The Wasatch Academy cross country team qualified four runners for next week’s state championships. The Tigers also claimed the individual boy’s title at the Region 15 race, held in Moab on Tuesday.
The top finisher for the Tigers was Devin Mesquite, who placed first overall in the boy’s race. He won by more than a minute, finishing with a time of 16:53. The second-place finisher had a time of 18:03.
Also placing in the top 10 and qualifying for the state race among the boy’s was Kurik Tanner, who finished 8th with a time of 18:32.
In the girl’s race, Miriam Galecki and Caity Howard finished within three seconds of each other. Miriam placed 8th with a time of 22:42 and Caity finished 9th with a time of 22:45.
Sadly, the Tigers lost Nouman Kante last week to an injury. Coach Bill Bedford said Nouman had been having a great season and almost certainly would have qualified for state. Nouman placed 9th last year at the state race.
Coach Bedford said he expects the runners to be competetive at the state race. Devin, in particular, should be among the top runners.
“I have been following the boys’ 2A picture for most of the season as I believe Nouman and Devin would be in the mix. Devin is our only medal contender at this point with Nouman out,” Coach Bedford said. “I have identified about a half dozen runners in 2A who all have good credentials and could potentially win state. It will all depend on who has a good day. Devin is a great endurance athlete but will not come to Sugarhouse with the race experience on that course that most of his rivals will have. But I do not discount his focus and his ability so I am sure he will be in the mix.”
The state race is the morning of Oct. 22 at Sugrhouse Park in Salt Lake City.