The state was alive with track and field meets last Saturday as teams begin their run-up to region and state meets.
Records fell at several of the meets, but the star of weekend was Ogden High senior Jamie Stokes, who lowered a pair of state 3-A distance records at the Dixie Invitational in St. George.
Stokes broke the 1,600 meter record on Friday, lowering the mile mark to 4:54.37. She also won the 800 meters race.
On Saturdy, the Weber State signee set a new 3-A mark in the 3,200 meters with a mark of 10:43.43. She broke Ogden alum Sarah Callister's mark. Ogden coach Don Hall points out the two will be teammates in the fall.
Ogden's Jordon Cross won the boys 3,200 meters at St. George.
Meanwhile at Morgan's Pocket Change Invitational, Weber High swept the team titles and numerous Top of Utah athletes found the winner's circle.
Weber High's Mitch Mourdant won the 110- and 300-meter hurdles races, and teammates Jake Vondrus won the 400 and Cameron Call claimed the high jump to lead the Warriors on the boys side.
Bear River's Spencer Stamps won the 3,200 meters.
Weber's girls edged host Morgan and Bear River to win the team trophy.
The Warriors' Mykah Heaton posted an impressive pair of wins in the long jump and 300-meter hurdles. Other double winners were Bear River's Kaitlyn Wilcox in the 200 and 400 meters and Morgan's Kassie Nagel in the shot put and discus.
Local girls winners included North Summit's Samanth Nicholes in the 100, Morgan's Laura Deru in the 800, Ogden's Avery Calton in the 1,600, St. Joseph's Lyna Garcia in the 3,200, Ben Lomond's Sydney Bucher in the javelin, and Morgan's Brittany Deurden in the high jump.
This week, most Top of Utah teams will compete in the Davis High Invitational. The open session runs in the morning, with the invited session in the afternoon.
Swinging for a good cause
The annual Swing for Life softball tournament, which serves as a fundraiser for breast cancer research, will be staged Friday and Saturday at the Cottonwood Softball Complex and the Valley Softball Complex.
Every penny raised by Swing For Life is directly invested into the Huntsman Cancer Foundation, directly to breast cancer research.
Action begins at 8 a.m. on Friday at Cottonwood. Action begins at 10:45 a.m. at both sites on Saturday.
Participating Top of Utah teams include North Summit, Fremont and Sky View.
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