Freshman Kaysha Love of Herriman had a big day at the 2013 UHSAA State Track Championships- Photo by Kyle Perry
4A State Track Recap-
The Utah State Track and Field Championships concluded this afternoon on a rainy day in Provo. Woods Cross High School won the boys 4A team title in the final event of the day. The Wildcats, scoring 85 points, beat out Herriman who scored 79 points.
The Girls team title went to Herriman on the backs of great performances by their underclassmen Kaysha Love and Lucy Biles. The individual events were exciting as well. Here is our event-by-event breakdown of the action.
Girls 3200m- Miranda O’very of Mountain Crest, Lucy Biles of Herriman, and Summer Harper of Orem ran in a pack of 3 for most of the race. With about 800m to go, Biles, put in a surge that no one could match and pulled away for a very impressive win. Biles also won the 1600m yesterday and this was her second of 4 potential victories at the meet with the 800m and Medley to go. Her time was an amazing 10:32.18. Harper was 2nd with a time of 10:46.34 and O’very was 3rd in 11:02.22.
Boys 3200m- This was a very exciting race from the beginning. Connor Mantz of Sky View pushed the pace early on with Tomy Guitierez going with him. Jake Hesligton of Timpanogos sat back 15 meters or so and slowly bridged the gap. Jake took the lead with one lap to go and was able to finish strong and hold off Mantz with a time of 9:09.88 to 9:10.20. Gutierrez held on for third with a time of 9:16.90
Girls 100 hurdles- Brenna Porter of Skyview dominated, winning with a time of 14.51. Mindy Stapel of Springville edged out Nikki Laws of Provo, both in 14.73.
Boys 110h- Conner Jensen of Bountiful won with a big PR e of 14.53. Camm Dopp was 2nd in 14.88 with Taylor Allen Herriman in 3rd with a time of 14.92.
Girls 100m Dash- Kaysha Love, a freshman from Herriman, won the event with a time of 11.92 over Lauren Baxter of Timpanogos. Love holds the state record in the event with a time of 11.90 and has 3 more years to improve on that even more.
Boys 100m Dash- Jacopo Spano of Woods Cross won an exciting 100m final with a time of 10.77 over teammate Sean Barton who ran 10.84. Riley Burt of Box Elder was 3rd in 10.95.
Girl 4x100m- Orem grabbed the win with a time of 48.81 over Herriman in 49.13. Samantha Reeves of Orem was the anchor leg holding off a very talented freshman Kaysha Love of Herriman. Love was the 100m Dash Champion earlier in the morning and is the state record holder in the 100m dash. Unfortunately for Skyline, it looked like their very talented sprinter Fatou Trawally pulled her hamstring on the final leg of the 4x100.
Boys 4x100m- Woods Cross already set the state record in the 4x100m relay multiple times this season. Today they won with a time or 42.49 over Springville at 43.05. Orem was 3rd in 43.23.
Girls 400m- Lauren Baxter of Timpview took a huge lead on the home straightaway and won, setting a new 4A State Record of 54.45. She ran the 100m dash earlier in the day which obviously didn’t slow her down at all. Sydney Bricker of Hillcrest was 2nd with a time of 57.07 and Cassidy Pinnock of Olympus was 3rd in 57.96.
Boys 400m- Josh Espinoza of Timpview took the win with a time of 48.58 over Nick Ashby of Orem in 49.38. Kevin Augustin of Mountain View was 3rd with a time of 49.69.
Girls 300 hurdles- Brenna Porter of Skyview set the state record at in this event at the BYU Invitational two weeks ago, and she also has one of the top times in the country this year. She won the state championship today with a time of 42.02. She was a half second behind her record time, but still won by more than 2.5 seconds over the field today. Mindy Stapel of Springville took second place with a time of 44.76. Ariana Williams of Hillcrest was 3rd in 45.54.
Boys 300 hurdles- Cam Dopp of Woods Cross didn’t even appear to be tired as he took the win with ease at 38.69. Kyle Strauss of Herriman placed second with a time of 40.23. Orem freshman Kody Codner was 3rd with a time of 40.32.
Girls 800m- 3200m and 1600m champ Lucy Biles of Herriman got out to an early lead through the first 400m. It looked like Tory Parkinson of Mountain Crest might be closing in on her, but Lucy put in a secondary surge and pulled away for a dominant win with a time of 2:13.98. This caps off a great triple crown for Lucy, winning all three distance events. It also added valuable points in the team competition as Herriman looked to be in great position to win. Sierra Malm of Salem Hills has a great finish to grab second with a time of 2:16.75. Tori Parkinson of Mountain Crest was third with a time of 2:17.20.
Boys 800m- Issac Faux of Maple Mountain took the race out hard and held the lead ‘til 200m to go. As they rounded the turn Sam Sorensen of Mountain View moved into to the lead with Jake Heslington right behind. Heslington surged hard trying to complete the triple, but Sorenson held on for the win with a time of 1:53.67 over Heslington at 1:53.70. Austin Brower of West Lake had a great finish to grab 3rd place in 1:56.05.
Girls Medley Relay- In a very exciting relay, Maple Mountain led nearly the entire way, with Orem, Box Elder, and Herriman still in the mix. As the 800m runners entered the final lap it looked like anyone’s race, though Lucy Biles of Herriman looked a little tired after her 800m, 1600m , and 3200m wins. Apparently she found a little more left in the tank as they entered the final stretch. She pulled out the win over Maple Mountain and won her 4th State Title on the weekend. Herriman’s time was 4:11. 83 to Maple Mountain’s 4:12.30. Box Elder was 3rd in 4:12.94.
Boys Medley- Skyline and Mountain View battled it out the entire race for an exciting finish. Mountain View had to go very wide, all the way to lane 3, just to get around the Skyline Anchor. In the end Mountain View took the win in 3:33.15 to 3:33.43 for Skyline. Box Elder was 3rd with a time of 3:37.35.
Girls 200m- Kaysha Love and Lauren Baxter Battled all the way to the line in an exciting 200m Dash. Love, who set the state record in this event yesterday in the preliminary rounds, ran even faster today en route to the win, though the new record won’t stand because of the wind speed. Love ran 24.13 to Baxters 24.17. Brenna Porter of Sky View was 3rd in 24.71.
Boys 200m- State record holder Jacopo Spano of Woods Cross won with a time of 21.68 over Josh Espanoza of Timpview with a time of 21.91. Riley Burt of Box Elder was 3rd with a time of 22.09.
Boys Pole Vault- Mitch Bills of Timpanogos won the Boys Pole Vault clearing 12’6”. Michael Harrop of Box Elder and Cody Dunn of Hillcrest tied for 2nd both clearing 12’.
Girls High Jump- Marissa Appiah of Woods Cross won the Girls High Jump clearing 5’7”. She was followed by Mindy Stapel of Springville who cleared 5’5”. Mitzi Munns of Box Elder was third, also clearing 5’5”.
Boys High Jump- Jadon Pace of Mountain View won the Boys High Jump clearing 6’5”. Que Robison of Timpview was 2nd clearing 6’3”. Dallen Stark of Springville also cleared 6’3” and placed third.
Girls Long Jump- Mindy Stapel of Springville won the girls long jump with a leap of 17’11.25”. Brenna Porter of Sky View was 2nd with a jump of 17’2”. Lana Willard of Box Elder was 3rd jumping 17’1”.
Boys Long Jump- Jacopo Spano won the Boys Long jump with a mark of 22’1.25” over Jadon Pace Mountain View who jumped 21’10.5”. Garrett England of Skyline was 3rd with a jump of 21’9”.
Girls Shot Put- Noelani Jackson of Westlake won the girls shotput with a throw of 38’5.75” over Teo Soloau of Herriman was 2nd with a throw of 37’6”. Maata Epenisa of Highland was 3rd with a throw of 35’3.5”
Boys Shot Put. Andre James of Herriman won the Boys Shot Put with a throw of 54’11.5”. Seth White of Sky View was second with a throw of 53’3.25”. Michael Key of East was third with a throw of 48’4.75”.
Girls Discus- Jordyn Wensel of Woods Cross won the event with a throw of 116’3.75”. Lesa Mua of Orem was 2nd with a throw of 114’2” and Uinise Halaufia of Highland was third with a throw of 113’5.5”.
Boys Discus- Andre James of Herriman and Seth White of Sky View went 1-2 in the shot put and then reversed places as White won the boys Discus with a throw of 161’1” over James who threw 153’6.5”. Rory Mulitalo of Herriman was 3rd with a throw of 150’8.75”.
Boys Javelin- Chad Weight of Salem Hills won the Boys Javelin with a throw of 158’5.5” over his own teammate Ty Anderson who threw 156’2”. Lamar Gimmeson of Bountiful was third with a throw of 154’11.75”.
Girls Javelin- Athena Vainuku of Murray won the Girls Javelin with a throw of 122’1.25”. Hanna Lunde of East was second with a throw of 119’9”. Madison Adams of Salem Hills was third with a throw of 115’7.5”.
Girls 4x400m- The final event of the competition was the 4x400 relay. Going into the final exchange it was Timpanogos then Springville, with Timpview in 3rd. All three teams had a great race, but one team had was the 400m State Record holder, Lauren Baxter. Even though she got the baton back about 2 seconds, she finished very strong as Timpview pulled off a great win with a time of 3:59.51 to Springville in 4:01.41.
Boys 4x400m- Only one point separated Herriman and Woods Cross as they entered the final event. Unfortunately for Herriman they did not have a team in the race as Woods Cross only had to beat one team to tie for the title and finishing 7th would secure the title. In the end it wasn’t close as Woods Cross won the event in 3:21.69. Timpview was 2nd 3:24.63 and West Lake grabbed 3rd in 3:24.78.