Tayte Cormier Wins Individual Title And Saltillo Is Top Team

Tayte Cormier wins 2022 UIL 1A Cross Country State Championships

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Tayte Cormier took two steps up on the awards podium this year when he won the UIL 1A Cross Country State Championship. 

Last year, he was third behind two eventual Division-1 collegiate athletes and now he is at the top of 1A. He used a super start to establish his position and continued to run away with the win.  The Mertzon Irion County senior took the race by 25 seconds with his winning time of 16:25.

Paint Rock junior Austin Magness was second in 17:00 holding off Lasara sophomore Jose Ventura who was third in 17:05.

1	Tayte Cormier	12	Mertzon Irion County	16:25.00 	1
2	Austin Magness	11	Paint Rock	17:00.70 	0
3	Jose Ventura	10	Lasara	17:05.70 	0
4	Josh Garvin	10	Slidell	17:20.10 	2
5	Ryker Haivala	10	Miller Grove	17:21.80 	3
6	Griff Griffith) Reel	10	Jayton	17:27.60 	4
7	Gunner Tarver	12	Saltillo High School	17:28.80 	5
8	Wiley Gaskins	11	Sands School	17:31.10 	6
9	Landon Cobb	10	Graford	17:35.20 	0
10	Brandon Timms	10	Tilden McMullen	17:36.50 	7

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The team race was a close and exciting one. Jayton has been ranked No. 1 much of the season and were driven heading into the state meet. Add them with two of the most consistent 1A boys programs Miller Grove and Saltillo.

The race ended as it began, a three team battle. With each 1K the three teams exchanged leads, but it was Saltillo and Jayton setting shop in the chase pack. However, as the race continued to matriculate, Miller Grove would run themselves further into contention.

In the end, only eight points separated the three teams when the dust settled it was Saltillo getting the narrow win over district competition Miller Grove. The margin of victory was very minimal. . . only two points would prove to be the margin 73 - 75.

Saltillo boys converse before the race

Saltillo ran a 17:55 team average with Miller Grove right there with them with a 17:56 team average. Miller Grove's 59 second split made the race as tight as it was, but Saltillo pulled things out.

Jayton was third with 81 points.

1	Saltillo High School	73	5+8+15+17+28 (48+55)	1:11 1-5 Split | 17:55 Avg
2	Miller Grove	75	3+12+16+20+24 (39+60)	0:59 1-5 Split | 17:56 Avg
3	Jayton	81	4+13+18+19+27 (32+53)	1:11 1-5 Split | 18:01 Avg

Saltillo had finally found the top of the podium, a position that has evaded them since 2016.  That's the last time they won the state championship. Since then they've managed to podium every year and it's been their district counterparts Miller Grove getting the usual slim win over them.

From 2019 through 2021, it was Saltillo taking second place behind Miller Grove. They als finished third in 2018 and second in 2017. The 2015 season was the last time Saltillo hadn't taken a state meet trophy home and this year it's the golden one that will again be placed in their trophy case.