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SPORTS – “Bears head over the mountain for first race of the season”

BEAR RIVER HIGH – September 4, 2021

The harriers from Bear River High School in Garland headed over the mountain to race with the Grizzlies from Logan High School and the Riverhawks from Ridgeline High School. The team participated in the first Region 11 tri cross-country meet of the year hosted by Logan High at Gibbons Park in River Heights on Wednesday, August 25.

“That was a tough first meet for all the kids. It was hotter than we were used to. It was really hilly and we trained through the meet, so not being rested just compounded a tough day for us,” said Bear River High cross-country Coach Dan Line.

The meet started with all the boys first. Senior leader Matt Spotten stayed up front for most of the race before dropping back to take 5th place overall. Underclassmen David Bourgeous and Ryan Pace had great performances taking 8th and 12th. Rounding out the varsity field for the Bears were senior Phillip Gallegos (14th), sophomore Braxton Craven (15th) and seniors Will Rhodes (16th) and Kael Kowallis (17th).

Ridgeline High won in the team results scoring 27 followed by host Logan High with 52 and the Bears close behind with 54.

“We always tell the team that now is not the time to worry about winning or running a personal record. Those things can wait until October. Really pleased with each individual effort,” Line said.

Usually, the girls’ squads run first but this meet saw the girls team line it up and run in the final race of the day. Senior standout Liz Phillips was in second place for much of the race and finished strong placing 5th as well. She was followed by sophomores Rebecca Curtis (6th) and Bethany Richard (7th).

Senior Katie Wynn almost cracked the top 10 with a 11th place finish and first year varsity sophomore Madison Auble with a nice 13th place finish. The girls’ team was able to capture the runner up finish behind region rival Ridgeline High with a score of 42 just behind the Lady Riverhawks winning mark of 25.

The Lady Bears put solid distance behind the Grizzlies from Logan who scored 60.

“The girls also trained through the race and didn't have their legs, but they sure competed well. Super excited where they placed today and how hard they ran. It was exciting to have Shylee Kofoed feel a little better and be able to finish and place on varsity. Slowly but surely, she is getting stronger and fit to race. Really proud that she is being patient and having the courage to work through her injury,” commented Coach Tyrell Neal.

The junior varsity races saw both Bear River squads take second place between Ridgeline High and Logan High.

Next up for the team was the Top of Utah Invitational on Friday, September 3, at the Weber County fairgrounds. Check back with for results from that meet.

Results Link for August 25, 2021


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