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Cheyenne Mountain's Boys Triumph

A few weeks ago, Cheyenne Mountain endured an early season loss at the Liberty Bell Invitational and learned a tough lesson: Teams had a target on the Red Hawks after the boys were ranked No. 2 to begin the season. 

On Saturday, though, the tides turned as the Colorado Springs-based team could do the chasing. 

The MileSplit50 No. 6 ranked team may have fell in the rankings, but the Red Hawks had their sights on No. 2 Farmington (UT), No. 4 Mountain View (UT) No. 7 American Fork (UT) and a host of teams on the honorable mention. 

And then things fell into place, as Cheyenne Mountain secured the second-best performance to date of any high school team, securing an 8-point win over Farmington with 68 points and a 15:15 average. 

Between a spread of just 42 seconds, junior Kaden Levings finished second, senior Erik Le Roux was fourth and its next three scorers were all in the next 29 places to secure the victory. 

This was on the Utah state championship course. At 4,200 feet of elevation. 

That was nothing new to Cheyenne Mountain, which trains at 6,000. But it was still mighty impressive and a sign that this group could rebound off any performance. 

It should also be said that Farmington was pretty good, too; the boys were the top Utah team with a 15:19 average and a 16-second compression. American Fork was third with 132 points, a 15:34 average and a 53-second spread. 

On the girls front, Mountain View's Mari Konold won the championship race in 17:19.99, while Herriman's Addi Bruening was second in 17:25.48 and Avalon Mecham was third in 17:28.92.

American Fork's girls claimed the overall team victory with 70 points. 

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