With a sharp chirp of a whistle, the best student runners from all eight of Canyons District middle schools took off running with their eyes on the rolling grassy route in front of them — and their hearts set on being the first to cross the finish line.
Under sunny skies, two boy and girl runners from every grade at every CSD middle school competed on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018 at the 10th annual CSD Intramurals Cross Country Championship Meet. They all ran roughly 2 miles around Union Middle School’s campus.
Hundreds of friends and family lined the route to cheer the students as they jostled for position and pushed themselves to high speeds.
At the end of the race, Draper Park Middle captured the first-place trophies for both the girls and boys teams.
In the girls' race, Eastmont finished at No. 2 and Union captured third place.
For the boys, Mount Jordan raced to the second-place spot and Midvale Middle snagged third place.
The overall top boy runners were Mount Jordan’s Diego Lopez, Draper Park’s Grayson Milne and Mount Jordan’s Levi Wilcoxon. The overall top girl runners were Eastmont’s Sarah Seamons, Draper Park’s Avery Garcia and Draper Park’s Bre Kennard.
The race is the school year’s first contest for the middle-school intramural athletics program, which was developed to promote healthy lifestyles and gauge interest for future competitive sports programs. Individual winners will be awarded medals and the fastest teams will receive trophies to be displayed at their respective schools.
See Canyons District's Facebook page for a photo gallery of the race.