The competition really got underway last Thursday as Pine View hosted the event and the boys’ team was proud to be at home. The Pine View Panthers took the Region 9 title for the boys with a final score of 151 and left all opponents in a cloud of dust with second-place scoring much out of reach from the top spot at 108. For Cedar High, it was much of the same story with the Lady Reds scoring 167.5 and second place looking like ants at 125.
From the beginning of the day Lady Red star Aimee Bryson was setting the bar high for the rest of her teammates, taking the top spot in the 1600-meter, and she stayed on that same straight and narrow for the remainder of the competition.
“It’s a team event, but I feel comfortable knowing that I am a part of it,” Bryson said. “The 200-meter was my hardest race because some of my hardest competition in that race was coming from my own teammates and it’s just making us better. We came in first, second and third so that was a good sign.”
Bryson also took the top spot in the 200-, 400- and 800-meter races to help her team to an easy climb to the top.
The Cedar High boys’ team would fall into the girls’ shadow this week as they came in at the third place position with 95 points.
Canyon View took sixth place in both the boys’ and girls’ events. The boys scored a 56 and the girls came in at the same position with a score of 38.5. With the low scores, Canyon View looked like the happiest team out on the field as it gladly accepted its placing with some great individual performances from Scott Callister in the 400, taking third, and Julia Lamb taking third in the long jump.
“We had a fun time and that’s all that matters,” Canyon View coach Matt Storland said.
The state meet will be this Friday and Saturday, and the Cedar girls’ team looks to defend its state championship title. The Redmen boys’ team will also travel to the meet, and Canyon View will be represented by its top athletes.