Mika Mason of Richfield helped his team win the 2A State Championship by winning the 400m Dash- Photo by Kyle Perry
The 2a State Championship had two very different story lines in the girls competition and the boys competition. The boys team competition was the Richfield show as they dominated the meet winning by over 100 points over North Summit with 70.5 points and Emery with 44.5. Capping off the team title, Richfield pulled out a very exciting win in the Boys 4x400m relay.
In the girls team competition, North Summit had a great meet living up to their top ranking and keeping Richfield from pulling an upset. It was a fairly low scoring championship, with North Summit winning with 95 points to Richfield's 79. North Summit's top performer of the day was thrower Kaitlyn Rowser who won the Shot Put and placed second in the Discus.
Girls 3200m- In the Girls 3200m the 1600m champ Emily Sundquist of Rowland Hall dominated, winning with a time of 11:40.90 over Lydia Foster of Richfield. Foster is only a freshman and will have plenty of time to win a title of her own. Foster’s time was 11:51.79 and Olivia Moyle of Enterprise was third in 11:52.12.
Boys 3200m- Caleb Monsen of Richfield pulled off a come from behind win over Hudson Zwhalen of North Summit. Monsen was back about 20m with 2 laps remaining but took the lead with 1 lap to go and finished strong for the win. Monsen’s winning time was 9:54.27 to Zwhalen’s 10:01.46. Ryan Westermann of Rowland Hall was third with a time of 10:07.03.
Girls 100 Hurdles- Kellie Macdonald of Beaver won with a big PR of 14.89, beating out Erica Richins of North Summit who ran 15.23. Carly Dalton of Grand was third with a time of 15.26.
Boys 110 Hurdles- In a very close race, Ammon Mitchell of San Juan used a very strong final 15 meters as he pulled off the win over Lance Allen of Richfield. Mitchell ran a time of 14.61 and Allen ran 14.70.
Girls 100m- Ashlynn Allred of Emery won the girls 100m Dash over Kadi Samake of Wasatch Acadamy with a time of 12.44 to 12.55 for Samake. Bonnie Curtis of Richfield ran a time of 12.78 for third.
Boys 100m- Derek Sorensen of Richfield won a close one over Hayden Packard South Summit. Hayden leaned and fell across the line, but it wasn’t quite enough as Sorensen won with 11.03 to Packard’s 11.07. Ben Stephens of North Summit was third with a time of 11.13.
Girls 4x100m- Emery put together a great 4x100m team as they won with a time of 50.96. Millard was 2nd with a time of 52.19 and Enterprise was third with a time 52.59.
Boys 4x100m- It was a battle of the two Summits, as South Summit took the win with 43.29 over North Summit’s 43.92. San Juan was third with a time of 45.36.
Girls 400m- Schyler Jordan of Beaver pulled out a big performance as she grabbed the win over Anna Camp from Millard. She ran a great PR of 58.59 to Camp’s 58.72. Bonnie Curtis of Richfield was third with a time of 59.35.
Boys 400m- Mika Mason of Richfield used a strong finish to hold off Max Morley of San Juan as he took the win with a time of 49.62. Morley ran a time of 49.79. Malachi Williams of South Sevier was third with a time of 51.20.
Girls 300m hurdles- State Record holder Riley Lyman took the lead at the beginning of the race and held it all the way to the line. She beat out Carly Dalton of Grand County to win the championship with a time of 44.57 to Daltons 45.86.
Boys 300m hurdles- Andy Bathemess of Grand screamed in frustration as he crossed the line when he couldn’t match the finishing speed of Brendon Jorgensen of Emery. Jorgensen won the title with a time of 39.90. Bathemess was second in 40.32 and Brandon Thiriot of North Summit was third in 40.65.
Emily Sundquist of Rowland Hall won the 1600m and 3200m, pictured here in the 800m where she finished 2nd- photo by Kyle Perry
Girls 800m- The 1600m and 3200m champ from Rowland Hall, Emily Sundquist, found herself in a big hole after the first 400m, behind Anna Camp of Millard. Sundquist put in a strong surge and took over the lead with 200m to go. Camp didn’t let it phase her as she fought back and pulled off the exciting win with a time of 2:22.34 to Sundquists’ 2:23.08.
Boys 800m- 1600m champ Eli Oftedal from Rowland Hall led from the gun. He won with a time of 1:57.25. Burton Griffin from Richfield placed second, falling as he crossed the line in a time of 1:57.94.
Girls 200m- Ashlynn Allred of Emery set a new 2A State record of 25.27 seconds as she won the 200m Dash. She also won the 100m Dash earlier in the day, and helped her team win the 4x100m relay. It was a great triple for Allred.
Boys 200m- It looked as though Ben Stephens of North Summit was going to get the win until Derek Sorensen of Richfield came up with a fast finish. He pulled out the win with a time of 22.26. Stephens was 2nd with a time of 22.30 and Wesley Rodda of Grand was third in 22.73.
Pole Vault- Sean Halterman of Parowan won the boys Pole Vault by two feet as he cleared 12’6”. Matt Maxfield of Millard was second at 10’6” and Gordon Whitaker, also of Millard, was third clearing 10’ even.
Girls High Jump- Chennin Benson of Parowan won the girls High Jump clearing the bar at 5’6”. Mariah Clayson of Kanab and Schyler Jordan of Beaver tied for 2nd each clearing 5’4”.
Boys High Jump- Brenan Thomas of Richfield won the boys high jump with a leap of 6’5”, beating out Joe Creery of Manti. Creery cleared 6’1”. Jerick Nielson of South Sevier also cleared 6’1” to place third.
Girls Long Jump- 100m Hurdles Champ Kellie Macdonald of Beaver also won the Long jump as she leapt 17’10.25”. Tiffanie Whipple of Grand was second with a jump of 16’10” and Erica Richins of North Summit was third with a jump of 16’2.5”
Boys Long Jump- Riley Cunningham helped his team in their state championship quest as he added 10 points, winning the boys high jump with a mark of 20’10.5”. Ammon Mitchell of San Juan was second with a jump of 20’6.75”. Dagen Thomas of Gunnison Valley was third with a leap of 20’3”.
Girls Shot Put- Kaitlyn Rowser of North Summit helped her team as they fought for every point towards a state title. She won the Shot Put with a throw of 36’ even adding 10 very valuable points to their cause. Samantha Giddings of San Juan was second with a throw of 34’11.25”. Sammi Beck of Richfield was third with a throw of 32’0.25”.
Boys Shot Put- Daven Russell of Kanab was the overwhelming favorite in this event, and had little trouble living up to the ranking. He won with a mark of 50’9.5”. Colton Causey of Richfield was 2nd with a throw of 46’7.75”.
Girls Discus- Sammi Beck, who was third in the shot put, came back to win the girls Discus with a mark of 116’1”. Kaitlyn Rowser of North Summit was 2nd with a throw of 109’8.5” adding another 8 points for her team. Madi Stocks of Grand was third with a throw of 103’4.25”.
Boys Discus- Daven Russell won his second state championship as he threw 147’1.25” for the win the boys discus. Manti teammates Dane Nordmark and Nathan Adair were second and third with throws of 135’6” and 134’7” respectively.
Girls Javelin- The 2A girls state javelin record was broken twice this season, first by Mandee Christensen and then again by Anden Lyman. The battle between the two was very close as Lyman of Enterprise won with a throw of 128’3.25”. Christensen of Manti was second with a throw of 127’7.5”. Jessica Guymon of Emery was third with a throw of 110’6.75”.
Boys Javelin- Dylan Brown, a Junior from Manti, won the boys Javelin by just under a foot. His throw of 157’2.5” beat out Brody Ellis of Richfield who threw 156’4.5”. Burton Griffin, also of Richfield, was third with a throw of 154’4”.
Girls 4x400m- The team title was still open with North Summit leading Richfield 87 to 79. Richfield needed a win and a North Summit 8th or no score to win. After the second exchange North Summit held the lead and the state title looked secure. North Summit couldn’t hold of a very strong Emery team, as Emery won with a time of 4:09.04. North Summit’s consolation was that they had secured the state title over Richfield with their second place finish in 4:09.50. Rowland Hall was third in 4:14.15.
Boys 4x400m- Grand ran a great race and held the lead almost the entire way but couldn’t quite secure the victory as they faced Mika Mason and Richfield on the final leg. Mason made the pass over the last 50m and won with a time of 3:29.56. Grand County did get some consolation as they did set their school record with their second place finish. The win in this event was frosting on the cake as Richfield dominated the team title. Grand County’s time was 3:30.35 and Emery was third in 3:36.47.