On Wednesday, October 21, Springville High’s boys and girls cross country teams had a great state showing with the boys team finishing 6th and the girls team finishing 11th. Freshman Grant Gardner led the way for the boys finishing in 7th place, and Julie Sumsion led the way for the girls finishing in 4th place.
“Overall, we’ve had a great season. The team members have worked hard and it paid off. A majority of the athletes obtained PR's (personal records) of more than 1 minute over the season, with a couple reaching PR's of more than 3 minutes. That's not normal! We've been through kind of a dry spell the past five plus years in which both teams haven't gone to state, so it's nice to have both teams qualify and get the experience,” said Head Coach Sam Smith.
What’s even more exciting is that all of the Varsity and a majority of our JV athletes are coming back next year, so we can expect to only improve upon what we were able to accomplish this year. These runners are great and unique. They work hard together; they cheer for each other. They push each other to overcome not only physical obstacles but whatever else might be going on in their lives.
Smith said, “What I love about cross country is that you not only set goals and work for those goals, but you make lifelong friends, which is what our team has done. I honestly haven't had a team more united than this in all my years of coaching. Now that we're headed into the off season, it's been nice to reflect and see how far we've come, and then look toward the future and see how far we still can go!”