While Utah track and field athletes set solid marks at this past week's invitationals, a group of elite competitors participated in the Arcadia Invitational in California.
Davis High's Shea Martinez won two races, posting the fastest time in the nation in the 800 (2:09.26), then beating a bunch of Utahns to win the invited mile run in 4:52.39.
Ogden's Sarah Feeny was third, with Bingham's Emily Rich fourth and Davis' Ellie Child fifth. Orem's Summer Harper was sixth.
Park City's Ben Saarel won the 3,200 meter invited run with a time of 8:45.74, the best time in the country for a high school runner since 2011.
Another Davis runner, Taylor Cox won the seeded girls mile.
Among Top of Utah competitors, top 10 finishes were turned in by Davis' Trevor Leavitt (ninth in boys invited 400 meters), Woods Cross' Cam Dopp (sixth in boys invited 300 meter hurdles, ninth in the 110-meter hurdles), Davis' Skylar Williams (10th in invited mile run), and Morgan's Kassie Nagel (fifth in girls discus and eight in shot put.
Titans' Jordan inks with SLCC baseball
While the Syracuse High baseball season has not started the way the Titans had planned, the Region 1 season could bring new life to the squad.
Senior pitcher Jason Jourdan recently signed his letter of intent to continue his career at Salt Lake Community College.
A four-year player for the Titans, Jourdan has an 11-10 record and helped Syracuse reach the final eight the past two seasons at the state 5-A tournament.
Wrestling finishes for Astle, Brimhall
A handful of Top of Utah wrestlers fared well at last week's national tournaments.
At the USA Wrestling Folkstyle Nationals in Iowa, Layton High's Ken Astle finished eighth in the 145-pound junior division, while Syracuse's Bryce Brimhall finished fifth in the 94-pound cadet division chase.
Maple Mountain's Grant LaMont (145) and Taylor Lamont (113) each won gold medals in their divisions, while two other teammates also finished in the top eight.
The host Lakers won the Bonneville Invitational boys tennis tournament this past weekend, sweeping its matches over three teams at the Ogden Athletic Club.
The Lakers and numerous other Top of Utah teams will take part in the Ogden Invitational, set for all day Saturday Ogden High and Mount Ogden Park courts.
Athleadership award for Calvert
Kole Calvert from Fremont High School has won a national athleadership grant sponsored by NCSA Athletic Recruiting and the NFLPA.
The Athleadership Grant is awarded to student athletes who qualify based on leadership in their community, academic achievement, athletics and a required essay written by the student athlete.
NCSA Athletic Recruiting will work with him and his family throughout his high school career and assist him in finding a collegiate institution that best matches his academic and athletic achievements.
NFHS adopts new rules for helmets
In an effort to continue minimizing the risk of injury in high school football, three additional rules will take effect next season to address helmets coming off players' heads during games.
These three risk-minimization additions were among 10 rules changes approved by the National Federation of State High School Associations football rules committee at its Jan. 18-20 meeting in Indianapolis. All rules changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS board of directors.
As a follow-up to last year's rules change that requires players to sit out one play if their helmet comes off while the ball is live, the committee approved three additional rules that are extensions of last year's change.
An illegal personal contact foul was added to Rule 9-4-3 to state that "no player or nonplayer shall initiate contact with an opposing player whose helmet has come completely off."
In addition, a new listing in Rule 9-6-4 will state that it is illegal participation "for a player whose helmet comes completely off during a down to continue to participate beyond the immediate action in which the player is engaged."
The committee also added language to Rule 3-5-10 to clarify that if the helmet comes completely off during the down or subsequent dead-ball action related to the down - and is not directly attributable to a foul by the opponent - the player must leave the game for at least one down, with the exception of halftime or overtime intermission. When this occurs, an official's time-out shall be called.
Perhaps the most significant rules change next season will be one that reduces the penalty for pass interference. While the 15-yard penalty will remain for both offensive and defensive pass interference, the loss of down has been removed for offensive pass interference and the automatic first down has been eliminated for defensive pass interference.
For a full description of rules changes, visit www.nfhslearn.com.
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