The Box Elder and Davis track and field squads flexed their muscles this past week in impressive style.
The Box Elder girls won the Cache-Box Invitational on Thursday and Friday in Logan, while the Bees boys team was a close second to Sky View.
On the girls side, the Bees' Stephanie Crapse was a triple winner, claiming the shot put, discus and javelin events. Teammate Lana Willard won the 100 meters and long jump, while the Bees had several other first-place efforts.
Bear River's Whitney Wilcox led her team with an impressive time in the 400 meters.
On the boys side, Riley Burt won the 100 and 200 meters for the Bees, who had four other individual winners.
The Davis District Championships, staged Tuesday and Wednesday at Syracuse High, brought out the best in all the Davis County schools. While Davis dominated the scoreboard with impressive depth, numerous athletes posted times and marks that lead the state.
On the girls side, Shea Martinez won the 1,600 in a state-best time. Seven of ther Davis teammates also won their specialties. The Darts scored 241 points, followed by Northridge (72) and Viewmont (70.5).
Davis was led by Bailey Carling (100 meters), Hailee Carattin (100 hurdles), Christine Van Brocklin (300 hurdles), Taylor Cox (800 meters), Camille Stringham (long jump), Jessica Richardson (shot put) and Kaylee Brown (discus).
Northridge's Laura Kehr won the 200 meters, while Syracuse's Mallory Ashby won the pole vault.
On the boys side, Davis scored 272 points, followed by Syracuse (116) and Woods Cross (86).
Other Darts winners included Trevor Leavitt (200), Braydon Cromar (1,600), Stokton Smith (3,200), Jeff Whitaker (javelin), Andrew Tyndall (pole vault) and Ben Bracken in both the shot put and discus. Syracuse was led Jaxon Worthen (300 hurdles) and Landon Greenhalgh (800). Layton was led by Marcus Kemp in the high jump.
The Darts won eight relay events.
In the UVU Hal Wing Invitational on Saturday, Davis sent a partial team and finished second to Riverton on the boys side, with Syracuse sixth. Orem won the girls team title, with Morgan and Davis tied for seventh.
Individually, Morgan's Kassie Nagel won the discus (130-3) and shot put (39-5), posting the top times in the state to this point. Teammate Britten Duerden claimed the high jump in 5-8, also the best mark in the state.
Davis' Marcus Daley won the long jump in 22-3.50.
The Weber County and Ogden city schools get their chance this week with the Harry Burchell Classic on Wednesday and Thursday at Ogden High. Action starts at 3 p.m. each day.
Statewide, the Utah High School Track Coaches Association Invitational is Saturday at 9 a.m. at Copper Hills.
Weber High track and field standouts Jake Vondrus and Mitch Moraunt made verbal commitments earlier this spring to compete for Colorado Mesa University.
Both athletes used the NCSA Athletic Recruiting service.
Lone Peak High's Nick Emery was recently named Gatorade Utah boys basketball player of the year.
Emery helped the Knights (26-1) win the state 5-A championship and earn a No. 1 ranking in the nation by maxpreps.com.
Emery, who has a scholarship to play at BYU after serving an LDS Church mission, averaged 17.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.8 steals.
He is now a candidate for the national Gatorade honor.
Jabari Parker recently added another honor to his spectacular prep career.
Coming off last weekend's fourth consecutive Illinois high school championship, the Chicago Simeon Academy senior was named the nation's top male basketball player.
The 6-foot-8 McDonald's All-American, who has verbally committed to play at Duke, received the Morgan Wootten Player of the Year award. Taya Reimer, a 6-foot-3 standout from Hamilton Southeastern (Ind.) High School set to play at Notre Dame, won the award for female players.
Reimer is the daughter of Ben Davis, a 1991 McDonald's High School All-American. They're the first father/daughter duo to be so honored.
Parker and Reimer were among finalists announced several weeks ago. Both are set to play at the April 3 McDonald's All American Game at Chicago's United Center.
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