Hunter runners place well this season
Hunter High School’s cross country team made strides forward this season. Head coach Ed Murrell believes the improvement has come about because of the students’ commitment.
“When they practice every day and work hard, we can then show them on the stopwatch their improvements. I get to see them grow as runners and as people every day,” he said.
Hunter senior Joey Mathisen had a strong season. He was region champion, finishing 42 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Steven Fitzgerald of Taylorsville, Oct 5. Mathisen also finished 10th overall at the BYU Invitational, Sept. 14. He finished 23rd overall at the state cross country finals Oct. 17.
Murrell did not feel the state final was Mathisen’s best race. He had been sick the day before, and Murrell thought that held him back a little.
“It was a tough state meet for him. When I finally tracked him down after the race, he was getting help from the medical staff,” Murrell said.
Nathan Taylor, a ninth grader at Hunter Junior High School, placed fifth at the Region 2 meet and 67th overall at the state meet. Murrell said he is running as well as his older brother Dalin did at his age.
Kyle Critchlow, a first-year cross country runner, placed sixth overall at the Region 2 meet.Murrell was excited to have three Wolverine runners in the top 10 at region.
The boys team tied for first at the Region 2 meet and placed 13th at state.
The girls team also showed improvement. Lindsey Beazer ran a 23:52 at the Region 2 meet, 16 minutes faster than her time in 2011.
“The girls team came farther as a group than any other I had coached before. Lindsey is a great example of working hard and achieving improvement,” Murrell said.
The Wolverines girls team placed 14th overall at state.
Shathem Scheid placed seventh at the Region 2 finals and 68th overall at the state meet. Sarah Schrom was the team’s top finisher at state, placing 62nd.
“Hunter’s administration and students really support our team, and we encourage all our kids to come out and get their sweat on,” Murrell said.