With the conclusion of their regular 1A Region 20 Cross Country season, junior varsity awards were distributed among the six competing teams. Valley’s, both boys and girls, were each presented with first place trophies!

The boys’ squad was paced by the consistently one-two Glendale duo of eighth-grader Warren Spencer (1) and seventh-grader Justin Baird (2), followed by Boede Cox (9), Keenan Chamberlain (31), Hadley Harris (33), Oliver Williams (34) and Colt Reeve (37). 

Of his first place medal, Warren self-effacingly commented, “It’s pretty fun winning, but it’s kinda hard when you get out there, and you’re all alone running, and then tryin’ to keep ahead of everybody. But it’s doable.”

Of the varsity’s prospects going forward he adds, “I think we’re doing OK. We’re not the fastest team, I don’t think. But we’ll give the other teams a run for their money!”

The girls’ first place team was led by seventh-grader McKaydee Baird at (8), Maddie Cox (10), Naomi Welch (17) and Kaylee Brinkerhoff (20).

Valley seniors Savannah Wood and Alex Osterhout received All-State Academic certificates.

Varsity high-man, lanky sophomore Tyler Bonham, placing sixth noted, “It was a pretty good race today. I probably coulda’ done better. I’m not exactly sure how my team placed, but hopefully, when we get to state, we’ll pull off a win, and I’ll get a personal best. It should be a PR (personal record) course ‘cause it’s definitely flat. So hopefully, everyone runs their best race. Hopefully, I can run my best race ... and hopefully win state this year!”

Coach Emily Lacey observed, “We’ll have our varsity teams over there, boys and girls, both fully represented. We’ve got Tyler Bonham, who is hoping to move up. We also have Ruger Reeve, who should be making a good run as a senior for his final year. Besides that, we’ve got some other boys who’re looking at PRs and improving. We’ve had Kaitlynn Baird in the Top 10 all season. And she’s looking to medal at state, and looking at a couple of other girls who are trying to chase her down, and close the gap there also. So, we’ll see how it goes.”

Varsity programs will have been acknowledged at their finale held at Cedar City High School on October 21.