The Scoop: The XC Season Was Off To The Races This Weekend

The reigning National Gatorade boys Player of Year for cross country earned his second win of the season, claiming a win at the Timpanogos XC Invitational over the weekend.

This was only the beginning, though. 

Of what, you might ask? This fall, there's a vaunted team race brewing between the likes of Utah Class 6A contenders American Fork (UT) and Herriman (UT), both nationally ranked by MileSplit. 

The incredibly tight battle between the two squads saw score even, with the Cavemen earning the loss on displacement down to the sixth-runner.

William Steadman (15:23.6) was the frontrunner in third for Herriman, the returning third-place finishers from NXN last year, and he put his team on his back and in a great position to take down the country's top team to open up the season. 

Here's how the two team's scorers looked head-to-head.

Place	Name	         Overall   Time		 
1.	William Steadman 3	   15:23.6		
2.	Tayshaun Ogomo	 6	   15:46.6		
3.	Jonah Tang	 10	   15:52.9		
4.	Jack Beckstrom	 13	   15:54.0		
5.	Micah Tang	 17	   16:02.6		
6.	Hyrum Wood	 18	   16:05.8		
7.	Max Hofheins	 30	   16:29.8	
American Fork
Place Name Overall    Time
1. Daniel Simmons 1 15:07.7 2. Chase Pack 8 15:49.8 3. Kaden Evans 11 15:53.1 4. Ben Jaster 14 15:54.1 5. Maxwell Orr 15 15:58.1 6. Bridger Karren 41 16:38.3 7. Noah Nielson 63 16:51.5

Both squads will see plenty more of each other, though, as they're set to clash again at the Pre-State Invitational in Salt Lake City on September 13.