For the first mile of Wednesday’s 4A state cross country race at Sugar House Park in Sugar House, Lehi junior runner Anna Martin said she took things pretty easy and she had some company.
Then the Pioneer star left everyone else in the dust.
“I went out and did my surge,” Martin said. “I tried to stay really consistent.”
Not only did she pull away from the rest of the 4A field, Martin sprinted into history as she obliterated the course record for girls.
Her time of 17:15 was more than nine seconds faster than the previous course record as she won the individual title by more than 30 seconds.
“It’s super-awesome,” Martin said. “It was my goal, what I was hoping to do.”
She said it wasn’t easy to run so much of the race on her own.
“You have to have a good mental game,” Martin said. “You have to know you can do it.”
She explained that she had hit the 17:17 mark in the Region 10 competition, so she was coming in knowing that she was capable of finishing with a good time.
The Lehi junior explained that she didn’t know just how fast she had run when she crossed the finish line.
“I was hoping to run a sub-18 minute time and then see how far under that I could be,” Martin said. “It was really, really exciting for me.”
Pioneer cross country coach Chris Dorton said he knew that Martin would be capable of that type of brilliance.
“I could say that it was surprising, but it’s not,” Dorton said. “Anna just always wants to do the best.”
Now with a state title and a record secured, Martin plans to turn her attention to getting ready to run at the Foot Locker national competition later in the fall.
Martin’s superlative effort led the way for Utah Valley in the 4A ranks but Mountain View also had a strong showing.
Bruin senior Helena Miyazawa came in second place in a time of 17:48, 20 seconds ahead of the third-place finisher.
That led the way for Mountain View to come in fourth overall in the team competition as Desert Hills got the team title. Lehi was 11th and Spanish Fork was 13th.
Mountain View leads the way for area teams in Class 4A boys competition
Mountain View was the top local team finisher, scoring 141 points to earn third place behind Pine View (59) and Canyon View (125). Junior Spencer Standing was the top placer for the Bruins in 11th place (16:05.7) and senior Braden Meyers was 18th (16:18.1).
The 4A individual winner was Pine View’s Julien Canales in a time of 15:42.2. Spanish Fork senior Wyatt Evens was seventh (16:00.3) and Orem sophomore Taylor Knight (16:04.3) ended up 10th.