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2018 CROSS COUNTRY INFORMATION

The practice schedule will be as follows during the school year (SUBJECT TO CHANGE):
MORNING PRACTICE (RUN/WEIGHTS) = 7:00am (Meet @ high school unless otherwise noted in email or on website)
AFTERNOON PRACTICE = 3:05pm (Meet @ high school unless otherwise noted in email or on website)






2017 FALL XC SEASON
The 2017 Cross Country season looks to be very great once again. The Varsity boys lost some great TEAM members due to graduation but have a solid group coming back looking to win its 5th straight state championship. As a TEAM, we have bumped up a classification to 4A so the boys will have to work as a TEAM.  The Varsity girls have everyone back from last year's TEAM and should be in the mix for a state championship. It will take everybody to help accomplish individual and TEAM goals. Let's get after it this year and remember "Give Me This Mountain."
Cedar All-Comers (8/9/2017) - Cedar High School Cedar City, UT
Congrats to everyone who ran today. It was a great first meet for everyone. Lots of positives to take from this race. 

The girls got the day started by running very well. Bailey Brinkerhoff ran 18:25 and placed 2nd, Lily Poulton ran 18:56 and placed 6th, Macie Barney ran 19:32 and placed 10th, Trinity Schimbeck ran 19:36 and placed 11th with Haley Rountree running 19:46 and placing 13th. Serra Hook was sixth on the TEAM with a time of 19:55 and Chloe Kockler rounded out our top 7 by running 20:01. The girls TEAM ran 1:39 faster than our 2016 TEAM. This is awesome to see how well the girls are doing rignt now. What an incredible way to start the year. Lots of work to do still. Keep it up!

Bryson King led the way for the boys by placing 3rd overall with a time of 15:39. Kasey Bang ran like a beast and placed 6th overall with a time of 16:09. Tyler Phillips placed 8th with a time of 16:17, Spencer Klomp placed 20th with a time of 16:58, and Kyler Gover placed 22rd with a time of 17:07. Carson Hansen was our 6th guy and Kieran Harvey was our 7th guy to round out our top 7. Missing quite a few guys this race for one reason or the other but exciting to see some young guys step up. #givemethismountain

Desert Relays (8/18/2017) - Bloomington Hills North Park St. George, UT
A really fun meet with Pineview again. This is a fun way to watch a unique cross country race. Lots of great splits on all three legs (Leg 1 = 1.04 miles, Leg 2 = 1.05 miles, Leg 3 = 0.85 miles)

On the boy's side, Bryson King ran the fastest Leg 1 on the day in 5:19, Ethan Ashby ran the second fastest Leg 2 in 5:28, and Kasey Bang ran the second fastest Leg 3 in 4:15. 

On the girl's side, Bailey Brinkerhoff ran the fastest Leg 1 and new record in 6:18, Lily Poulton ran the fastest Leg 2 and also a new record in 6:22, and Macie Barney ran the third fastest Leg 3 in 5:11. 

A really great effort from the entire TEAM today!

SUU Invite (8/26/2017) - Bicentennial Park Cedar City, UT
The JV girls got the day started on a great note until the race officials screwed up the course route. We had 6 girls in the top 10 until the race officials had a lot of the girls in the front not do an extra loop. Very frustrating! They put the times together but they are not official. Lauren Luekenga ended up winning the race and Amanda Marchant placed 8th overall. Hopefully, they fix this problem next year :)

The JV boys race went accordingly to plan. Race officials got this race figured out. We had four boys in the top 10 to help the JV boys beat Pineview 32-42! Matthew Thatcher won the race running 16:25.43, Tyler Nance placed 2nd overall in 16:40.54, Andre Melendrez placed 6th overall in 17:29.02, and Kieran Harvey placed 10th overall in 17:47.34. Nice work JV boys.

The Varsity girls ran a solid race today and placed 2nd as a TEAM to Pineview. It will be a battle all year! Bailey Brinkerhoff won the race in a time of 18:13.80 and Lily Poulton placed 10th overall in 19:29.32. Need to keep working because we are closer to Pineview than we have ever been.

The Varsity boys finished off the day winning the race 49-68 over Pineview! We had four boys in the top 10. Bryson King placed 3rd overall in 16:00.29, Tyler Phillips placed 7th overall in 16:10.84, Ethan Ashby placed 9th overall in 16:12.41, and Kasey Bang placed 10th overall in 16:13.18. So happy to see Kasey put in the work over the last couple years and reap the benefits today being our 4th scorer. 

Great work today TEAM!!!

Utah County Invite (9/2/2017) - Lake Side Park Orem, UT
This is the first time we have done this race and it went well. It was located at Lake Side Park in Orem. Flat and fast course. We had a big week of training but it was well worth the trip still. Lots of great performances across the TEAM.

The Frosh/Soph girls got us started with Amanda Marchant placing 5th overall in 20:09.7 and Anna Powell placing 7th overall in 20:17.7. The girls as a TEAM placed 2nd overall to Lone Peak.

The Frosh/Soph boys were next up and placed 4th overall as a TEAM. Carson Hansen placed 7th overall running 17:09.7 and Drew Wells placed 10th overall running 17:21.2.

Shawnee Schimbeck was our top finisher in the Junior/Senior girls race placing 14th overall in 21:38.9. Nice work Shawnee!

The Junior/Senior boys placed 4th overall as a TEAM. Andre Melendrez placed 6th overall in 16:51.3 and Kyler Gover placed 7th overall in 16:51.6 to place in the top 10.

The Varsity girls placed a strong 4th overall as a TEAM running against nationally ranked Mountain View, Maple Mountain, and Lone Peak. The girls scored 85 points just behind Lone Peak and Mountain View who went to the 6th runner with 53 points, and Maple Mountain scoring 61 points. This is great considering we had a few girls under the weather. Bailey Brinkerhoff was the top finisher on the day placing 12th overall in 18:38.7.

The Varsity boys placed a strong 2nd overall as a TEAM to Timpanogos who is ranked top 10 in the nation. Bryson King was our top finisher placing 7th overall with a time of 15:40.2. Our top 5 boys all went under 16:04. A 24 second spread is great. Great race from the boys. Positive momentum in the right direction.

Dixie All-Comers (9/5/2017) - Bloomington Hills North Park St. George, UT
This was a solid meet to allow some of our JV runners a great opportunity to race against other school's Varsity teams. We did well today despite extremely hot temps. The top 5 boys were Ethan Randall, Ammon Ferguson, Drake Heaton, Konnor Berryessa, and Austin Stevens.

We had quite a few sick girls today but our top 5 girls were Haleigh Hansen, Lyndsey Haddock, Alexis Schimbeck, Aubrey Carrick, and Katelyn Alvey.

Hurricane Invite (9/13/2017) - Sand Hollow Golf Course Hurricane, UT
Today was a great course preview for the region meet. We just had our JV runners compete today due to Varsity racing this weekend at Woodbridge.

The JV boys won their race 36-54 against Canyon View. Max Giles placed 1st overall in 16:45.0, Drew Wells placed 2nd overall in 16:53.8, Hunter Stucki placed 7th overall in 17:21.0, and Kieran Harvey placed 8th overall in 17:22.1. Nice job guys!

The JV girls placed 3rd overall as a TEAM with 9th graders Madi Strasner and Kennedi Schimbeck leading the way. Madi won the race in 20:10.7 and Kennedi was just a few seconds behind her in 2nd place with a time of 20:20.8. Haleigh Hansen was just outside the top 10 placing 11th in 21:43.6 and Savannah Stouffer placed 12th in 21:46.6.

This was a great course and should be exciting at region!

Woodbridge Classic (9/16/2017) - SilverLakes Sports Complex Norco, California
Once again we went to the Woodbridge Classic racing against some of the top teams in the country. This is a fast 3 mile course run under the lights at night. Loads of fun. It was an extremely fast day!

In the Varsity Girls B race we had three girls compete:
Anna Powell ran 18:43.9
Amanda Marchant ran 19:11.1
Shawnee Schimbeck 20:24.3

In the Varsity Boys B race we had three boys compete:
Andre Melendrez ran 16:01.1
Kyler Gover ran 16:11.4
Carson Hansen ran 16:21.4

Nice work from these six. Very exciting to watch these races. 

Our Varsity boys and girls ran in the top Sweepstakes race and did not disappoint. 

The Varsity girls ran the best in school history since we started going down here. The girls ran a cumulative time of 87:53 which equals a 17:34/per top 5 girls!!! They placed 9th overall. We were missing Trinity Schimbeck who was doing the Jr. World Championships in triathlon. Here are the girl's times:

Bailey Brinkerhoff - 16:36.6 (placed 13th overall)
Lauren Luekenga - 17:27.7
Lily Poulton - 17:40.9
Chloe Kockler - 18:02.1
Macie Barney - 18:06.3
Haley Rountree - 18:35.2
Serra Hook - 19:49.6

The Varsity boys also placed 9th overall with a cumulative time of 75:22 which equals a 15:04/per top 5 runners. We dealt with a little adversity having Tyler Phillips lose his spike within the first mile but he gutted it out and finished strong still. Here are the boy's times:

Bryson King - 14:45.0
Ethan Ashby - 15:00.2
Kasey Bang - 15:01.1
Matt Thatcher - 15:14.3
Tyler  Phillips - 15:21.7
Tyler Nance - 15:29.8
Spencer Klomp - 16:05.3

WOW, WOW, WOW! Another awesome trip!

Cedar Invite (9/29/2017) - Cedar High School Cedar City, UT
The JV girls started the day on an extremely positive note. They placed 3rd overall as a TEAM with Kennedi Schimbeck placing 6th overall in 20:23.0 and Madi Strasner placing 7th overall in 20:28.0. Awesome work!

The JV boys worked together as a solid group and took 1st overall as a TEAM. Drew Wells won the race in 16:38.8 with Max Giles placing 4th overall in 17:00.6 and Hunter Stucki placing 10th overall in 17:13.9. Sweet!

The Varsity girls placed 2nd overall to Pineview with Bailey Brinkerhoff placing 3rd overall in 17:46.1 and Trinity Schimbeck placing 10th overall in 18:25.7. We were only 11 points back from Pineview and we are priming for a great finish to the season.

The Varsity boys placed 2nd overall losing to Pineview only by 3 points. (We were missing Kasey Bang who is one of our top 5 runners though). Bryson King ran 15:22.3 to place 7th overall and Ethan Ashby placed 9th overall in 15:36.0. The boys will be back though.

Close to the championship season!

Snow Canyon Invite (10/3/2017) - Snow Canyon High School St. George, UT
Slight mishap on the results so we don't have them posted yet.

Region 9 XC Championship (10/10/2017) - Sand Hollow Golf Course Hurricane, UT
First time having the region meet at Sand Hollow Golf Course. Beautiful course and exciting to race on this.

The JV girls started the day off on a great note. We had Samantha Nelson running her first XC race. She did not disappoint. Perfectly executed to win JV region in 19:08.2. Anna Powell ran her best race of the year placing 2nd overall in 19:12.8. Madi Strasner continues to get stronger every race and finished 8th overall in 20:07.6. Not too shabby for a 9th grader. This helped the JV girls place 2nd overall as a TEAM.

The JV boys dominated this race crushing the competition scoring 21 points while having the top 5 guys in the top 10.
Carson Hansen was our JV champion winning in 16:04.4. Drew Wells placed 2nd overall in 16:10.7, Andre Melendrez placed 5th overall in 16:16.1, Kyler Gover placed 6th overall in 16:19.8, and Max Giles placed 7th overall in 16:22.3. What a race! Future looks great!

The Varsity girls made history today winning their first ever Region 9 XC Championship beating Pineview 43-44!!! Awesome stuff! Bailey Brinkerhoff was the Varsity region champion running 17:02.2! Lily Poulton placed 6th overall in 18:06.2, Trinity Schimbeck placed 7th overall in 18:06.9, Amanda Marchant (race of the year for her) placed 13th overall in 18:39.5, Macie Barney placed 16th overall in 18:56.4, Haley Rountree placed 17th overall in 19:16.0, and Lauren Luekenga placed 22nd overall in 19:32.5. Not a perfect race but darn near close. Congrats girls!!!

 1.  Desert Hills HS   43
PlaceBib    NameTimeScoreBehind WinnerSpread

1. 329    Bailey Brinkerhoff17:02.21.NASpread between the scoring runners01:54.2
6. 332    Lily Poulton18:06.26.01:04.0
7. 334    Trinity Schimbeck18:06.97.01:04.7
13. 331    Amanda Marchant18:39.513.01:37.3
16. 328    Macie Barney18:56.416.01:54.2
17. 333    Haley Rountree19:16.0(17.)02:13.8
22. 330    Lauren Leukenga19:32.5(22.)02:30.3

1.(Total time for scoring runners: 1:30:51.2)43

The boys streak of Region 9 championships was unfortunately broke today. Hats off to Hurricane for running a great race. Our top 6 boys were in the top 15 but Hurricane got us by 7 points. Dang. Still very proud of the boys. Bryson King placed 6th overall in 15:25.3, Ethan Ashby placed 8th overall in 15:29.5, Matt Thatcher placed 11th overall in 15:39.5, Tyler Phillips placed 13th overall in 15:49.4, Kasey Bang placed 14th overall in 15:50.7, Tyler Nance placed 15th overall in 15:52.5, and Spencer Klomp placed 24th overall in 16:19.1. We are very proud of the boys. Time to get move on and get ready for state next week! 

2017 4A State XC Championship (10/18/2017) - Sugarhouse Park Salt Lake City, UT
First time in school history we competed in the 4A classification. Competition is much tougher. The girls started us off with a very solid race. The girls finished 3rd overall as a TEAM behind Pineview and Mountain View (both very good teams). 19 points separated the top 3 teams. Bailey Brinkerhoff was our top finished placing 3rd overall in 18:07.5 earning 1st Team All-State and was the 6th fastest time of the day out of all six Utah classifications. This is a new Desert Hills school record. The girl's cumulative time was 95:55.5 which just puts them just out of the top 10 all-time in 4A. This was by far our fastest TEAM in school history at the state meet.

Lily Poulton placed 11th overall and Trinity Schimbeck placed 13th overall earning 2nd Team All-State honors.

This is not how we wanted to finish at state but it will make the girls hungry as we move forward to other meets this year along with next year. Haley Rountree did amazing today and finished despite stepping in a hole and breaking her tibia. A crazy amount of heart in this girl! Every one of our Varsity girls plus more is returning next year. Look out. We will stay hungry and determined!



Team Results

PlaceTeamPlacesScore
1.Pine View HS4, 11, 14, 15, 16, (17), (29)60
2.Mountain View HS1, 7, 9, 18, 34, (47), (95)69
3.Desert Hills HS2, 10, 12, 27, 28, (32), (45)79
The boys also placed 3rd overall which is not how we wanted to finish but nonetheless are very proud of this group. A little bit of sickness and other small adversity gave us not a perfect day. We will learn and grow from this though. Many people outside of this TEAM didn't expect much from our TEAM this year. We had a bunch of hard workers get together and work day in and day out to make the TEAM better this year. So very proud of this group. Crazy to think the top 3 teams were also separated by 19 points.  Boys cumulative time was 81:03.4. This is the 4th fastest time in school history.

Matt Thatcher was our top finisher in 10th place running 16:04.8 earning 2nd Team All-State. Bryson King and Ethan Ashby placed 20th and 21st to earn 3rd Team All-State.

10.1136Matthew ThatcherJr1.Desert Hills HS16:04.8
20.1133Bryson KingSr2.Desert Hills HS16:18.5
21.1130Ethan AshbySr3.Desert Hills HS16:21.0
27.1135Tyler PhillipsSr4.Desert Hills HS16:28.6
31.1131Kasey BangSr5.Desert Hills HS16:30.5
51.1132Carson HansenSo6.Desert Hills HS17:00.7
68.1134Tyler NanceSo7.Desert Hills HS17:11.5

Team Results

PlaceTeamPlacesScore
1.Stansbury HS10, 14, 15, 20, 21, (37), (52)80
2.Pine View HS7, 12, 17, 26, 27, (36), (55)89
3.Desert Hills HS8, 18, 19, 25, 29, (49), (63)99

Hoka Postal Nationals (11/2/2017) - Pineview High School St. George, UT
We tried something new this year doing the Hoka Postal Nationals with Pineview. It is a 2 mile race on the track competing at the local level and comparing it to other teams across the entire country.

Our girls ran 58:11.00 (11:38 avg) to place 4th overall as a TEAM in the entire nation!!! Nice job girls.

Here are the times:
Bailey Brinkerhoff - 11:21.65
Trinity Schimbeck - 11:36.77
Lauren Luekenga - 11:37.14
Lily Poulton - 11:37:46
Samantha Nelson - 11:37.86
Macie Barney - 11:53.21
Anna Powell - 12:03.53
Madi Strasner - 12:42.76
Serra Hook - 12:47.71
Kennedi Schimbeck - 13:02.11
Lyndsey Haddock - 13:57.03
Aubrey Carrick - 14:00.96
Elise Burton - 14:01.46

The boys also ran well with a time of 50:27.60 (10:06 avg) to place 33rd as a TEAM in the entire nation. Cool!

Here are the times for the boys:
Bryson King - 9:50.00
Matthew Thatcher - 9:53.31
Ethan Ashby - 9:57.92
Tyler Phillips - 10:13.79
Kasey Bang - 10:15.08
Andre Melendrez - 10:15.62
Carson Hansen - 10:16.02
Tyler Nance - 10:16.02
Drew Wells - 10:23.61
Hunter Stucki - 11:08.36
Ammon Ferguson - 11:22.72
Preston Thompson - 11:28.94
Jorden Messel - 11:34.04
Michael Monson - 12:08.83
Brody Christensen - 12:41.32
Austin Phillips - 13:01.68
Jordan Dean - 13:19.40
Boston Summers - 15:58.61

This was a ton of fun and we plan on doing this again next year. Should be exciting!

Nike Southwest Regionals (11/18/2017) - Grande Sports Academy Casa Grande, AZ
Bailey Brinkerhoff - 17:45 (9th overall/missed Nike Nationals by 3 spots)
Samantha Nelson - 18:14 (40th overall = 2nd cross country race ever)
Trinity Schimbeck - 18:32
Lily Poulton - 19:27
Lauren Luekenga - 19:51
Amanda Marchant - 19:59
Macie Barney - 20:30

The Girls TEAM initially wasn't in the championship race but after finally convincing the race director to put them in, they did not disappoint. The Girls finished 6th overall and were only one point out of 5th place. Amazing and very exciting to have everyone come back next year!

Bryson King - 15:48
Matthew Thatcher - 16:04
Kasey Bang - 16:24
Tyler Phillips - 16:32
Ethan Ashby - 16:36
Andre Melendrez - 16:57
Tyler Nance - 17:28

The Boys TEAM did awesome in a very competitive championship race. They placed 20th overall but beat teams that got them at our state meet. Very proud of this group!!!

Footlocker West Regionals (12/2/2017) - Mt. Sac College Walnut, CA