Millard High Boys team scores second place victory in state competition
Millard High School reigned victorious after the state cross-country meet last Wednesday.
The Eagles left after a repeat of 2018’s state meet with the girls team taking their second first-place trophy, and the boys team only a hair away from taking first.
The girls team scored 32 points, well ahead of Parowan’s score of 62. The boys were barely axed from getting first place; they lost to Rowland Hall by only three points with 52 points.
“It’s pretty exciting,” said coach Cody Moat. “The goal is to someday win them both, but that’s as close as you can get, and it’s as close as we’ve ever gotten. Both teams ran very well.”
Moat said the teams’ overall season was good, even with conflicting schedules, as some of his athletes participate in other extracurricular activities.
“It’s a little bit of a juggle, but it’s well worth it,” Moat said.
Moat credits the girls 2019 performance as “the best of all time” in Millard’s cross-country history, and the boy’s as the school’s third best.
“We weren’t supposed to be that close; the boys really stepped it up,” Moat said of the boys’ performance.
Four of the female athletes ended up in the top ten, each of which receiving medals.
“Four is just incredible,” Moat said.
Katy Kelly took third; Audrey Camp took fifth place; Ember Moat took ninth and Kara Camp took tenth place.
Two of the male athletes also placed in the top ten. Shade Woodard took seventh place, with Michael Ralphs taking ninth.
Three of Moat’s athletes also went on to qualify for Academic All-State. John Whitaker, Morris Maxfield and Nathan Despain all qualified for the All-State team in the 2A region.