Maple Mountain High School Cross Country competed in a season final race on December 5, 2009, ending the first year on a good note. The team enjoyed a trip to sunny California to battle in the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships. Teams from all over the West met at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California, to race in the final 5K of the season. The competition was divided between age groups and gender, with freshmen and sophomores racing first, followed by the juniors, finally seniors.
Races went well for all age groups, especially for a few individuals. Hayley Knapp finished 33rd out of 208 in the girls’ Frosh race with a time of 21:33. Jonah Hadlock finished 22nd out of 321 in the boy’s Frosh race with a time of 18:09. Ashley Phelps finished 29th out of 176 in the girls’ junior race with a time of 21:29. Spencer Hanson finished 4th out of 259 in the junior boy’s race with a time of 16:43. Kelsie Hadlock finished 25th out of 134 girls in the senior girls’ race with a time of 21:28. Finally, Holden Adams finished 32nd out of 214 in the boy’s senior race with a time of 17:44. Along with a great race the team enjoyed the warm and sunny weather of California by relaxing on the beach and at Disneyland.
Holden Adams, a senior, said this about the season, “It was the most amazing season ever. We did a lot of team building activities which greatly strengthened team unity and helped make the season so much fun. We also lived up to our team theme of “Kaizan” (which is Japanese for continual improvement) by improving our times and taking region in both boys and girls varsity.”
The trip to California was the perfect ending to a great season and many of the returning team members are looking forward to next season to meet and improve the standard that has been set this year; however, we will greatly miss our seniors next year. A special thanks goes out to Coach Wyatt and his wife, as well as coach Mel Barker. Without their guidance and willingness to help all team members, this cross country season would not have been the success it was. Thank you coaches!