Delta High School's cross country coach JB Lopez had the winners picked for his Delta squad. Lopez had predicted Dustin Ownbey would make a return trip to state and also figured Mykayla Music would make her first trip for the girls' competition at Cheyenne Mountain this coming weekend.
Ownbey, a senior, has two years of previous experience running in state cross country meets. He went with the team as a freshman and then skipped his sophomore year. The experience gained from last year should serve him well, as the state meet was held at Cheyenne Mountain.
Armed with knowledge of the course at Cheyenne Mountain, Ownbey believes he will be able to top his last year's time in that race. Ownbey's time a year ago was 18:07.9 and he finished 55th in the field of 224.
The time for Ownbey's ninth-place finish in last week's regionals in Delta was 16:40.40. Ownbey was the only Delta cross country runner to qualify for state.
How satisfying was the season for Ownbey? "The season was a pretty good one. I would have liked to do better today, but it's all about having fun and I love to run."
The weather conditions were a bit breezy and a lot cooler than last year's regional meet in Delta. When asked about the conditions for the race, Ownbey had this statement. "The weather was good ... a bit breezy especially on the backside of the lake coming into the wind."
As a sophomore, Music is looking forward to her first state cross country meet this weekend. She qualified 14th with a season-best time of 19:50.90. Greta Van Calcar of Palisade won the race in a time of 17:43.90, giving Music something to shoot at as her cross country career continues.
Music will rely on the mentoring of Ownbey to prepare her for what to expect on the Cheyenne Mountain course this weekend.
When asked about her regional race and her chances of placing, Music had a good response. "I knew I was going to place and go to state." She had been placing in the top 15 for most of her races and had to take some time off prior to the regionals due to shin-splints. "I had to take a week off for my shin-splints to get healed up. I felt pretty good in today's race."
Music believes she can, and will, do better at the state meet.
Lopez is high on his team's future. "I have a young team and if I can get them to buy into the future, we will be tough to beat next year. Dustin Ownbey is going to state for the third time and Mykayla Music is making her first trip to state as a sophomore. Mykayla has potential to be great, and I am looking forward to coaching her."
"Up and coming stars are Jeff Chadwick, Elias Carlson, Wade Stinson, Abbi Beckwith, Sterile Quist and Kaylee Dunham; Cruz Arias has great potential as a sophomore who can also be a team-maker," noted Lopez.blog comments powered by Disqus