Manti High Cross Country runner Sadie Nielsen placed third overall at the State 3A Cross Country Championships at Rose Park on Oct. 27. She led the girls’ team to a solid fifth place finish; while the Manti boys’ team finished in a respectable sixth place overall.
“Sadie is new to cross country this year and in a short time has become one of the most gifted and natural distance runners Manti has ever had,” said Coach Brandon Norris.
With dedication and support from her teammates, Nielsen has a very bright future ahead, Norris said. Her time in the 5K race was 19:44, just a short 10 seconds behind the 2nd place finisher from Carbon. Not far behind was teammate Keltsy Fowles, who finished 16th with a time of 20:34.