Things finally got busy in Utah high school track and field last week.
A state record, a weather event at a major meet, and several fine performances. Yes, it suddenly feels like track season.
I left the steeple results out of the results I posted to the MileSplit database. If those times were for-real 2000 meter steeple times, I missed one of the greatest track and field stories of the year.
Sky View's Brenna Porter seems to have found midseason form a bit ahead of schedule. You don't need much more proof than 25.44 and 56.52. And the 15.52 in the 100 hurdles wasn't bad, either.
The Mountain Crest distance girls seem to have their act together early in the season. Only someone named Kelsey Braithwaite kept them from sweeping the 800/1600/3200 titles. As it was, they piled up 62 points in the three events.
In a season already full of solid javelin throws, Sky View's Jared Lambert added another at 161-9.
They did this on the week of the UHSTCA Championship meet. Even while pulling a few cards from the deck, Davis dominated this one.
With all of the great marks, it's hard to make the cut to a mere few for mention here, but let's take Andrew Aposhian's 9:39.86 in the 3200, Zach Watson's 14-6 pole vault, and Cam Dopp's 49.42 in the 400. Each of those is a very nice mark. That 22-5.25 by Marcus Daley in the long jump rates up there as well, particularly in the Rocky Mountain region where the benefits of weather aren't as great as they are in places like California, Texas, and Florida.
Juab's Jeff Rowley joined teammate Jake Nielson at over 160 feet in the javelin. Delta's Weston Cropper was the class of the hurdle fields, winning both events in front of the home crowd. Valu Vaitohi of Spanish Fork pitches the shot put out over 50 to wake a few sleepers.
Three girls long jumpers (Ashlynn Allred of Emery, Kellie MacDonald of Beaver, and Fallon Peterson of Juab) all out beyond 17 feet is definitely a noteworthy occurrence for a mostly small school meet. Competition should be stiff in this event when the state meet rolls around.
All of Weber County was here, and what a meet it turned out to be.
Ogden's girls dominated distance, not that anyone was stunned by that. Jordon Cross had a couple of nice runs for the boys to win the 1600 and 3200. Probably the best time of the set was the 10:55.63 3200 posted by Jamie Stokes. For any doubters out there, she also won the 1600 in 5:02.77. 3A has officially been served notice.
Roy's Cole Eisenhour had a very nice 14.89 to win the 110 hurdles, and then an almost-as-nice 40.57 to win the 300 hurdles. Weber's Mykah Heaton impressed, winning the 300 hurdles in 46.03 and the long jump in 17-2.5.
We reported earlier on the new 4A state record javelin throw by Skyler Porcaro, but the second-place throw by Collin Butterfield of West Jordan (169-6) was a very nice mark as well.
Kailey Hansen had a nice high jump day for the home crowd, going 5-4 for the win. Siera Bernard's shot put of 40-3 puts her in some rare company as well. Two solid performances for the hosting school.
Skyler Porcaro launches the throw that took the name of Anthony Miles out of the 4A state record books. Photo by Jeff Porcaro.
It's too bad Porter Harris's 22-9.5 LJ mark had just a little too much extra push from the wind. That's one you'd like to keep on the board. Wind was not as issue, however, for Cale Strong, as the Wasatch hurdler continued his domination of both hurdle events. For good measure, he took the 100 as well in 11.13. Talem Franco moved up from the 800 to the 1600 and had a 4:29.47 as his reward--a very nice time at this point in the season.
The girls going sub-60 in the 400 this season seem to be very serious about it. Add Cedar's Aimee Bryson to that list with her spin around the oval in 58.44.
Call this one the weather event meet. Despite strong winds, a little bit of precipitation, and generally miserable conditions, the results were duly impressive.
Two sub 5:05 marks in the 1600 for Natalie Shields and Shea Martinez gets your attention. Megan Glasmann's 134-3 heave of the javelin is also a mark with serious staying power.
Brad Nye has run faster than 4:24 in the 1600, but probably not under similar conditions. Much the same could be said of Cole Lambourne's 200 and 400. Jake Zaugg made it two Syracuse pole vaulters at 14-3 or higher for the week. Not that many people need reminders, but Syracuse's position in the pole vault isn't that different from Davis's position in distance events. It's called dominance.
This was the smallest of the weekend invitationals. Geography would have something to do with that.
The big takeaway from this meet would appear to be that Duchesne is nicely positioned to make a run at a 1A boys state title this spring. Trent Roberts and Max Lewis produced big throwing marks. Braiden Despain did a 6-2 in the high jump. Shiaba Allen ran 16.78 in the 110 hurdles for a win. And the sprint group produced reasonably well. It has all the markings of a good year.