It might sound provincial to claim the Mountain View boys cross country team is listed too low in USA Today's national rankings.

Here it goes anyway. The Bruins are underrated. They should be ranked one spot higher. Being No. 2, after all, just doesn't cut it when you've done what the Bruins have this year.Even Mountain View coach Dave Houle is still shaking his head over how exceptionally well his runners performed at the Oregon Trail Meet Saturday.

The Bruins dominated one of the nation's most prestigious events, taking first place by a landslide. Unbelievably, all seven Bruin runners finished in the top 11.

"I thought we ran good enough that we could possibly be the best team in America," Houle said.

Peter Holm had his best performance ever to lead the Bruins with a second-place finish in 16:35. Ahead of him was Bingham's Jeff Allen, who won the 5K race in 16:23. Next for Mountain View were Andrew and Dustin Bybee, who trailed Holm by a hair in fourth and fifth place, Brett Andrus (seventh), Brock Call (eighth), Karl Siebach (ninth) and Trevor Perkins (11th).

Even their JV team fared well. The younger Bruins would have placed third if their times counted.

Houle is crossing his fingers that his deep squad will be invited to face the No. 1-ranked team, York, Ill., in two weeks.

"We're trying to do everything we can to prove that we're the top team in the country," Houle said. "We'll face anybody and every-body."

Utah's best teams finished 1-2-3 in Oregon. The sixth-ranked Miners came in second and 20th-ranked Mountain Crest was third. East finished fifth. The 14th-ranked Mountain View girls also edged No. 9 Bingham for the title.

"Utah has the best cross country in the nation," added Houle. "I'll fight anybody who says it doesn't."

Y. CRUISIN' FOR A BRUIN OR 2: Mountain View's top returning girls basketball players could both be following reigning Ms. Basketball Lisa Osguthorpe to BYU.

The Cougars recently received a verbal commitment from Bruin forward Heather Cheesman, a second-team Deseret News all-stater last year. She is the daughter of ex-BYU hoopster Jay Cheesman.

BYU is also a finalist in the Erin Thorn sweepstakes. The preseason All-American has whittled her recruiting list down to the Y., NCAA runner-up Old Dominion and Duke.

"She exploded at the Nike Camp this summer," said Houle, who is also coach of the Bruins' national power girls basketball team. "She's been rated as one of the top 25 players in the nation."

Thorn, a 5-foot-9 guard, averaged 15 points and six assists for the 5A champs as a junior.

KICKIN' IT: It's Alta vs. Brighton, and in prep soccer, nothing conjures up intensity like this rivalry.

The top-ranked Hawks cruised to a 3-1 victory at Brighton to open the season. Since then neither squad has lost, setting up today's showdown at Alta.

Summer Hall could be the key for Alta. In two games last week, she notched five assists and one goal. By the way, it's also a rematch of last year's 5A state championship.