SMITHFIELD -- The weather from Wednesday pushed back the start of the Region 1 track and field championships to Thursday and today, but some interesting finals were held Thursday at Syracuse High School to kick things off for all of the schools involved.
Davis is leading in both the girls and boys team races, but the Fremont girls are keeping things interesting and the Syracuse boys and trying their best to keep the Darts close.
The only race that was run as far as finals go was the girls and boys 1,600 meters. The girls race went about as expected with the Darts' Shea Martinez winning the race by 12 seconds over the nearest competitor, fellow teammate Hannah Albrechtsen. Taylor Cox and McKenzie Weir also finished the race for Davis in third and fifth place, respectively, nearly taking the full allotment of points from the race. Only Sharlie Dimick from Syracuse was able to break up the bunch.
Fremont got big points from Kayla Ivins and Jessica Starr, who finished first and third in the girls long jump. Ivins won the event with a jump of 17-11, seven inches ahead of second-place Eliza Kota from Layton.
The Silver Wolves also had four of the top eight places in the girls javelin, led by the 1-2 finish from Whitney Fowers and Tanesha Daniels. The shot put was won by Jessica Richardson, who won with a throw of 37-11. Daniels finished second in this event while Brenn Flint from Syracuse was third.
The boys were able to get in some events as well, with the highlight coming from the high jump area.
Marcus Kemp was able to out jump the rest of the field with his winning jump of 6 feet 9 1/2 inches. His next closest competitor was Andrew Schwemmer from Davis. Kemp failed three times at 7 feet before stopping with the winning jump.
In the 1,600s, the Darts' Preston Johnson won with a time of 4:24.94, a full two seconds ahead of Syracuse's Landon Greenhalgh. Davis also swept the next four spots in the race to claim most of the points from the race.
In the pole vault finals, Syracuse was able to lay hold of second and third place thanks to Nicolas Merriman and Will Haddick. They still fell to Jordan Schradel from Davis, but it gave the Titans a chance heading into Friday's finals. The last event was the boys discus. Ben Bracken finished in first place with a throw of 152-0 feet, just in front of Merriman.
The finals of all the other events will be contested today at 3 p.m.