The region swimming championships will be staged this week and next as the top teams and individuals advance to the state meets.
The Region 5 championships will be Friday at Mountain Crest's pool in Hyrum. The Region 6 championships will be stage on Saturday at South Davis Recreation Center; the Region 11 championships will be staged on Saturday at Tooele High's pool.
The Region 1 championships are set for Jan. 30 at Layton Surf-N-Swim.
The 3-A/4-A/5-A region diving championships are set for Saturday at Park City'x Ecker Hill Middle School.
The state championships are set for the week of Feb. 7-9 at BYU's pool.
NFHS sectional honors Tigers' Hall
Ogden High cross country coach Don Hall was selected as the 2012 West Sectional Coach of the Year for girls cross country by the national coaches association of the National Federation of State High School Associations. He was selected the state winner in October by the UHSAA.
Hall also won both the state and sectional award for boys cross country in 2004.
While Hall retired last summer, as director of JROTC at OHS, he continues to coach. He credited assistants Alydia Barton, Missy Allred and Patrick Cross for the team win.
Park City High senior Ben Saarel was named the Gatorade Utah boys cross country runner of the year. The award recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character.
Saarel raced to fourth nationally at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships this past season, with a time of 15:13. Saarel also won the state 3-A individual championship in 14:56.7. He won the Foot Locker West Regional championship and finished second at the Nike Cross Nationals Southwest Regional.
Saarel has maintained a 4.0 GPA in the classroom. A talented musician, he has volunteered locally on behalf of the Park City Interact Club. Saarel has verbally committed to an athletic scholarship at the University of Colorado beginning this fall.
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