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Demons race in Border Wars

Six states represented in Utah meet
Luke Swenk of Durango High School races in the Border Wars on Saturday in Utah. Swenk finished 16th in 15:57 to lead the Demons. (Courtesy Michael Ellis)

The Durango High School cross-county teams competed in the championship divisions of the Border Wars on Saturday in Taylorsville, Utah, facing some of the fastest teams from six states in the region.

The DHS girls finished seventh out of 18 teams, and the boys finished 13th out of 17 teams.

Luke Swenk had the best individual finish for DHS, finishing 16th in the 5K in 15:57.

Nathaniel Ellis crossed 32nd in 16:20, and Charlie Dillman finished seven seconds later in 41st. Allan Hardee (113th, 17:51) and Miles Snow (114th, 17:54) rounded out Durango’s team score while Anthony Bonanno (122nd, 18:28) and Brodie Dorko (123rd, 18:36) finished close behind.

In the girls championship race, Willow Lott led DHS with a 27th-place finish in 19:48. Her teammates weren’t far behind as the team’s 1-5 split was only 42 seconds, the second best in the field. Mira Quayle crossed 33rd in 19:56, Dewa Ilg finished 36th in 20:02, Brynn Aggeler finished 43rd in 20:09, Nina Quayle rounded out the team score in 67th (20:31), and Ayumi Lambert placed 73rd in 20:43.

Spencer Bradshaw of Farmington (Utah) won the boys race in 15:24 while Shelby Jensen of Westlake (Utah) won the girls championship in 18:15.

Riverton (Utah) won the boys team title with 80 points, followed by Farmington (Utah) with 104 and Desert Hills (Utah) in third with 134. The DHS boys scored 278, finishing just two points behind Fremont (Utah).

Mountain Range (Utah) won the girls team title with 56 points, followed by Springville (Utah) with 76 and Preston (Idaho) with 133. DHS scored 201.