For the first time ever, the Spanish Springs boys cross country team is going to state.
The Cougars won their first league title in program history a week ago and finished third at Saturday’s DI North Regional meet at San Rafael Regional Park, punching a ticket to next week’s state meet which will also be held at San Rafael.
Spanish Springs’ average time of its top-five runners was 17:55, just three seconds behind runner-up Douglas. McQueen won the team regional title with an average time of 17:33.
Sophomore Andrew Ribeiro finished seventh overall in a time of 17:30 to lead the Cougs. He was followed by teammates Joshua Rodriguez (12th, 17:46), Mathew Hakin (17th, 17:56), Daniel Horner (22nd, 18:03) and Hunter Beadell (27th, 18:20).
Reed finished sixth overall with an average time of 18:41 and did not qualify as a team but will send two runners to state.
Ammon Jorgensen finished fifth in a time of 17:30 and Anothony Ocegueda finished 11th in a time of 17:45. Both juniors earned the right to run one more race by being one of the top five finishers on a non-qualifying team.
Adam Walmsley (14th, 17:51), Spencer Garate (59th, 20:10) and Ryan Gotaas (60th, 20:11) made up the remainder of Reed’s top-five finishers.
McQueen’s Henry Weisberg won the individual regional title in a time of 16:57—14 seconds ahead of teammate Gregory Gephart.
The state race will be run next Saturday at 12:45 p.m.
King-Shaw, Massic qualify for state as individuals
The Reed and Spanish Springs girls finished well out of contention in Saturday’s DI North regional meet at San Rafael but both will be represented at state next week.
Reed junior Samantha King-Shaw finished third in 20:22, 16 seconds behind regional champion Caitlin Amburgey of Damonte Ranch, and Spanish Springs senior Lauryn Massic finished in 20:40 to take seventh. Both qualified for state as individuals.
As a team, Spanish Springs finished sixth with average time of 22:33 and Reed finished eighth with an average time of 22:45.
Alexis Melendrez (12th, 20:57), Sierra Larason (44th, 23:06), Justice Best (47th, 23:19) and Carsyn Hendriks (55th, 24:43) rounded out the Cougs’ top five times.
Laura Pine (41st, 22:50), Lauryn Shipp (43rd, 23:05), Claire Tillett (46th, 23:08) and Katy Day (53rd, 24:19) made up the rest of the times the Raiders used.
Reno won the team regional title with an average time of 20:55, in front of Damonte Ranch (21:05) and Douglas (21:28). All three earned spots in the state meet.
The state championship race will start at 10 a.m. next Saturday.