2013 Utah State Championship: 5A Girls Preview

Ellie Child of Davis will look to add big points in the distance events as the Darts go for their third title in three years- Photo by Kyle Perry


Davis High School won the team title at both the girls and boys state championships in 2011 and 2012. They are poised for a three peat, as they look stronger than they ever have. With the #1 ranking in their classification in 11 events, they look to pick up big points in every event in the meet.  

The Darts are favored by over 100 points over their next competitor. Behind them, Bingham, Riverton, and Freemont all will battle to bring home the hardware.

Davis’ Girls have the #1 Ranking in 9 of the 16 events that will be contested at the meet.

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100m Dash- Kayla Ivins of Freemont holds the top seed time in the 100m Dash with at time of 12.50. A mere .03 seconds separate her from Bailey Carling of Davis. Eliza Katoa of Layton ranks third at 12.59.

200m Dash- Bailey Carling will  have a chance to win double gold in the sprints. In addition to her 2nd place ranking in the 100m dash she is also the favorite in the 200m dash, but much like the 100m race, only .04 seconds separate her seed time from second seeded Emily Black of Weber.

400m Dash- Emily Black of Weber has run 57.29 in the 400m dash this season, and looks very tough to beat in the event. With Karrie Pead of Viewmont being the only other girl to break 59 seconds in the race this season, it will come down to these two unless someone in the field can step up with a big PR on raceday.

100m Hurdles- Christine Van Brocklin of Davis and Tawnie Moore of Freemont have been very close all season, with Moore holding an edge in the seed time of .2 seconds. The hurdles are a combination of speed and technique, and one mistake can cost you the race. This one could be a photo finish as these girls will battle every step of the way.   

300m Hurdles- Van Brocklin of Davis holds the top seed time of 44.54 in this event, as it is her better of the two hurdle events. She will look to contribute 10 more points to the Darts campaign in this event if she can bring home the gold. Alyssa Hirschi of Brighton holds the second seeded time at 45.21.

800m Run- Shea Martinez has dominated every 800 in the state of Utah that she has raced in this season. She set a state record in the event at the Davis Invite and re-broke her own state record a week later at BYU. She holds the 5th fastest time in the nation this season and will look to run even faster this weekend. Behind her, Taylor Cox and Emily Rich will do battle as they both have very similar times in the event.

1600 M Run- Emily Rich of Bingham has had a great senior campaign, and will look to cap it off this weekend running all 3 distance events in search of an individual title. She will have her hands full with the duo of Shea Martinez and Ellie Child from Davis. The three athletes all have seed times of 4:58. Davis has 4 girls poised to score in this event and can make big strides towards their team title on the very first event of the meet Friday morning.

3200 M Run- If Emily Rich doesn’t grab an individual state championship on Friday morning, she will have a second great chance to do so on Saturday as she is the top seed in the 3200m, with a time of 10:42. Ellie Child of Davis has had a phenomenal season but remained slightly under the radar as her team grabs so much spotlight. Between this event and the 1600m she will also seek an individual title.

High Jump- The top of the pack in the High Jump is very crowded, as the top 7 are all within 3 inches of eachother. Bethani Talbot of Copper Hills stands alone as the only girl to clear 5’5” this season. Chelsea Ward of Bingham is only one inch lower at 5’4”.  Abby Yingling and Emily Krout of Lone Peak both have cleared 5’3” this season.

Long Jump- Kayla Ivins of Freemont is the top seed in the 100m Dash and the Long Jump as she could grab double gold if things go her way. She has cleared 17’11” this season which is 1 ¼” farther than second seeded Bethani Talbot of Copper Hills.

Shot Put- Tanisha Shedden of Copper Hills Leads the pack in the girls shot put. She has thrown 41’5” this season, which is 3 feet ahead of Kira Gilbreath of Viewmont. Copper Hills may not be prepared to take down Davis for the team crown, but between Shedden and Talbot  and Havea they have a shot to win 4 events.

Discus- Jessica Richardson of Davis is the top seed in the Discus. She has thrown 127’2”,  Kamesi Havea of Copper Hills is just behind at 124’11”. The battle for the state championship will likely come down to these two as nearly 9 feet separate them from Third seeded Johnni Arbon of Weber.

Javelin- Riverton high has some great depth in the Javelin, as they hold 3 of the top 4 spots. Sydnie Rich holds the top mark at 121’4” and she is followed by Crystal Palmer at 120’7”, Whitney Fowers of Freemont 120’5”, and 116’7.25”

4x100 Relay- Davis High Girls hold the edge over Bingham in the 4x100m, 49.51 to 49.82.  Davis holds the top spot in all 3 relays and a relay sweep is just what the darts need to ensure no team can come close to their team score.

4x400m Relay- The story is much of the same as the Davis Darts hold the top seed in the 4x400m relay. They Pulled off a great come from behind win at the BYU invite two weeks ago. At the state championships they will be the overwhelming favorite in the final event on the track, as they have a 9 second advantage in seed time over Weber, Northridge, and Lehi, who are all very tightly packed at 4:06.

Sprint Medley Relay- Davis is the top seed in the event. Behind the Darts, American Fork, Alta, Bingham, Riverton and Northridge will all be clustered looking for Medals.