Tigers go distance for 3-A girls track crown

May 19 2012 - 11:10pm

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(ASHLEY FRANSCELL/Special to the Standard-Examiner)
Ogden High’s Avery Calton celebrates with teammate Sarah Feeny (9) after winning the 800-meter run at the state 3-A track and field meet in Provo on Saturday. Calton, Feeny and Jamie Stokes finished 1-2-3 in the race.
(ASHLEY FRANSCELL/Special to the Standard-Examiner)
Ogden High’s Avery Calton celebrates with teammate Sarah Feeny (9) after winning the 800-meter run at the state 3-A track and field meet in Provo on Saturday. Calton, Feeny and Jamie Stokes finished 1-2-3 in the race.

PROVO -- The track and field team from Ogden High knew its distance runners were good, and after Saturday's state track and field championships at BYU's Clarence Robison Stadium, everyone else does too.

"There has been a lot of press on winning state based solely on distance," Ogden coach Don Hall said. "This year we feel especially proud because not only did we win it on distance but we had some good competition."

The Tigers picked up their second state title after a corps of distance runners anchored by senior Jamie Stokes, junior Avery Calton, and sophomore Sarah Feeny all landed state titles during the meet and scored the majority of Ogden's 90 points.

"Our goal coming in was to take state as a team," Calton said. "We knew we had it in us to win."

In the 800 meters, Ogden held the first four spots after the initial lap. Down the stretch they lost a spot but Avery Calton, Sarah Feeny and Jamie Stokes finished one, two, three catapulting the Tigers into the 3-A top spot.

"The 800 was kind of an X factor," Calton said. "Sarah and I had been injured so we didn't have a very good qualifying time and so coming in we knew we needed to surprise everybody and I think we did going one, two, three."

Ogden also got a boost in Friday's 1,600 meters as Feeny grabbed the top spot with her time of 4:59.28 followed by Stokes at 5:01.70.

"Distance is what we've really worked on this year and we really have just amazing distance coaches," Feeny said.

The Tigers also dominated the 3,200 meters as Ogden placed four runners in the top six spots with Stokes and Feeny finishing first and second, respectively.

The Ogden girls also picked up a win in the medley relay to win by 23 points over Region 5 rival Bear River.

Bear River's Kaitlyn Wilcox enjoyed a big meet as well, winning the 200 (25.78) and 400 (56.47) meters, finishing third in the 100 and helping the Bears to a second in the 400-meter relay and the 1,600-meter relay. Whitney Wilcox ran third in the 400 meters.

Morgan' Kassie Nagel won the shot put and was second in the discus, while teammate Brittany Nuerden was second in the high jump and Chandler Weitzeil was third in the 200 meters.

Morgan finished seventh.

Ben Lomond's MacKenzie Abbott was third in the long jump.

5-A

Davis girls once again took state honors, scoring 128 points during the state championship meet.

"They're an amazing group of kids," Davis coach Corbin Talley said. "They've gone through a lot together and because of a lot of hard work and teamwork and this is what they've accomplished."

Adelyn Jones picked up top honors for Davis in the 100-meter hurdles at 14.84 and Shea Martinez, Ellie Child and Taylor Cox grabbed the top three spots in the 800 meters, respectively scoring 24 points to solidify their title bid.

Martinez was third in the 400 meters, while Christine Van Brocklin ran third in the 300-meter hurdles. Jessica Richardons was second in the discus, with Michelle Mendez third.

The Darts ran second in the 1,600-meter relay and third in the 400-meter relay.

Bingham was second overall, with Fremont and Weber right behind. Viewmont finished 10th.

In other 5-A action Weber High's Mykah Heaton picked up gold in the long jump with her jump of 17-8.25, won the 300-meter hurdles and was third in the 100 meter hurdles. Teammate Madison Summers was second in the javelin.

Tanisha Daniels from Fremont threw a 37-3.75 mark for top honors in the shot put. The Silver Wolves' Tawnie Moore was second in the 100-meter hurdles, Kayla Ivins was third in the long jump.

Fremont ran second in the 400-meter relay.

4-A

In the 300 meter hurdles, Sky View's Brenna Porter edged Bountiful's Alexis Peterson for top spot and set a state record with her time of 42.25.

"I wanted to break the state record all year but I started to feel like it wasn't going to happen," Porter said. "So today I just decided to go out and have fun with it and apparently that was enough. I'm just super happy I was able to get it."

Porter also picked up a state title in the 100 meter hurdles and silver in the 200 meters for the Bobcats.

Mountain Crest's Karlee Kartchner picked up a win in the long jump with a 18-00.50 effort and Woods Cross senior Sosina Salima won the shot put event with a 39-08.75 throw.

Box Elder's Wendy Johnson was third in the discus, while Roy's Tiler Heiney was third in the javelin. Orem topped Mountain Crest for the title, with Woods Cross fourth.

2-A

North Summit repeated as team champion, with Erica Birk, Samantha Nicholes, Erica Richins and Kaitlyn Rowser all placing in multiple events.

1-A

Layton Christian Academy junior Alissa Atisme won both the 100 and 200 meters and the long jump, and helped her team finished third in the 400-meter relay with a strong final leg. Her effort helped the Eagles inish sixth overall behind Rich.

St. Joseph's Lyna Garcia grabbed silver in the 3,200 meters, and Audra Thurston was third in the 300-meter hurdles as the Jayhawks finished fifth.

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