The Kanab Cross Country season came to a close on October 18 at the State Meet held at Sugar House Park in Salt Lake City.

The girls team punched their ticket to the state meet by defeating Parowan and Enterprise to place third at the region meet. Only the top three girls teams from Region 13 earned the right to compete at the state meet.

At the region meet, the Cowgirls were led by senior Kelly Bistline and junior Jessie Glover, followed by outstanding performances from freshmen Joelle Werlinger and Daisy Allen and sophomore Bethany Nording. These five girls were joined by Makenna Clarkson and Becky Shrope to round out the Cowgirls state qualifying team.

The team competed well on a grueling state course where they placed fifth, with outstanding individual performances from Allen, Bistline and Glover. This girls team showed a lot of toughness throughout the season and competed very well.

On an academic note, seniors Makenna Clarkson and Kelly Bistline received Academic All-State Awards. It’s been a pleasure coaching these young women. I would like to congratulate them on a very successful season and look forward to working with them in years to come.

The boys team punched their ticket to the state meet by finishing with a strong second place at the region meet. Only the top four boys teams from Region 13 earned the right to compete at the state meet.

At the region race, the boys were led by juniors Dustin and Dylan Bistline, who finished fourth and eighth respectively, followed by great performances from freshman Nathan Bowman and sophomore Jake Church. Rounding out the Cowboys were Luis Zeitelhack, Johannes Glatting and Davy Bowman.

At the state meet, the boys finished fifth in a strong field of nine teams, with outstanding individual performances from Church, Bowman and Dylan and Dustin Bistline.

It was a fun season coaching these young men, and I appreciate the hard work they put in throughout the season. I would like to congratulate them on their success, and look forward to seeing what they can accomplish in the future.