Prep cross-country • Rowland Hall's Ryan Westermann wins in 16 minutes, 34.7 seconds.
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There was no way Rowland Hall junior Ryan Westermann was making the same mistake twice. He let up near the finish line and lost a state title by less than a second in 2011.
This year, he passed Richfield's Caleb Monson about a mile from the finish, didn't turn around once and drove home for a convincing win.
"I put that photo of the finish [in 2011] up on my wall, and it was just motivation every day before practice, and I kept telling myself, 'Not this year,' " Westermann said.
Top 10 individuals
1. Ryan Westermann, Rowland Hall, 16:34.7; 2. Caleb Monsen, Richfield, 16:47.4; 3. Caleb Zwhalen, North Summit, 16:51.0; 4. Hudson Zwhalen, North Summit, 16:54.3.
5. Eli Oftedal, Rowland Hall, 16:57.0; 6. Stephen Monsen, Richfield, 17:00.1; 7. Jonathan Rothschild, North Summit, 17:02.1; 8. Orson Koyle, Millard, 17:14.0; 9. Hunter Holt, Richfield, 17:26.6; 10. Nathan Hatton, Parowan, 17:34.9.
Top five teams
1. Richfield 44; 2. Rowland Hall 90; 3. North Summit 99; 4. San Juan 118; 5. Wasatch Academy 136.