Record-setting runner gets invite to Dream Mile

May 17 2013 - 11:42pm

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LEFT: Ogden High’s Sarah Feeny leads the field during the state girls 3-A 1,600-meter championship race held Friday at Brigham Young University in Provo. 

NICK SHORT
Standard-Examiner
LEFT: Ogden High’s Sarah Feeny leads the field during the state girls 3-A 1,600-meter championship race held Friday at Brigham Young University in Provo. 

NICK SHORT
Standard-Examiner

PROVO -- News travels fast in the world of track and field.

Ogden High's Sarah Feeny set the Utah prep record in the girls mile on Friday morning, and by the afternoon, the Tigers' junior star had been extended an invitation to compete in the prestigious Dream Mile next weekend in New York City.

Several records fell on Friday, the first day of action at the state track and field championships at BYU's Robison Track Stadium.

Today, individual and team champions will be crowned in all five classifications.

It will be tough to top Friday's start in the 1,600 meters.

Feeny ran her race in 4:50.04, putting on an impressive final lap to break the record.

A few hours later, Feeny teamed up with teammates Avery Calton, Lindsey Bray and Mady White to set a 3-A record of 4:03.22 in the medley relay.

Feeny will shoot for state records in the 800 and 3,200 meters today, if the unsettled weather doesn't get in the way.

"Sarah is peaking at just the right time," Ogden coach Don Hall said.

Other records included Park City's Ben Saarel, who lowered the boys 1,600 meter record in the state by topping Luke Puskedra's record in 4:09.28.

On the girls side, Morgan's Kassie Nagel won the 3-A shot put in a state-best mark of 43-10.5.

Twelve of 16 event finals are still to be run today.

Davis leads the 5-A girls battle, with Riverton second and Fremont third. Region 1 should feature a bevy of champions by day's end

The Darts' Shea Martinez and Ellie Martinez went 1-2 in the 5-A 1,600 meters, with teammate Taylor Cox fourth.

Fremont's Kayla Ivins was second in the 5-A long jump, with Syracuse's Ali Morris fourth.

Viewmont's Kira Gilbreath won the 5-A shot put, with Davis' Jessica Richardson third.

In the 5-A javelin, Davis' Kendall Sargent was second, with Fremont's Whitney Fowers third and Gilbreath fourth.

Herriman leads the 4-A girls, with Orem, Box Elder and Sky View battling for second.

Box Elder's Hannah Malone was fourth in the 4-A 1,600 meters, while Sky View's Brenna Porter was second, with Box Elder's Lana Willard third in the long jump.

Box Elder's Stephanie Crapse finished fourth in the 4-A girls javelin.

Ogden is right behind Park City in the first-day 3-A girls standings, but Hall figures Park City and Desert Hills will battle for the team crown.

Bear River's Terrell Womack was third behind Nagel in the 3-A shot put.

North Summit leads the 2-A girls chase, with Panguitch way ahead in the 1-A girls standings.

St. Joseph was fourth in the 1-A medley relay, with Jayhawks runner Lyna Garcia fifth in the 1,600 meters.

On the boys side, Davis is aiming for an impressive four-peat in the 5-A team chase. After four events on Friday, the Darts lead Layton by four points, with several other schools right in the mix.

In the 5-A 1,600 meters, Davis' Preston Johnson led a 4-5-6 finish. In the discus, the Darts' Ben Bracken finished second overall. The Darts scored points in nearly every event.

Layton's Marcus Kemp won the 5-A high jump at 6-8, with Weber's Cameron Call tied for third.

Several Region 1 teams qualified well and could make their marks on the final day of action.

In the 4-A boys chase, Sky View is chasing Herriman for the team crown. Region 5 and 6 teams will also be in the mix in the running and field events.

Sky View's Connor Mantz was third in the 1,600 meters on Friday, while teammate Seth White won the discus with Logan's Dallin Dahl fourth overall.

Region 5 boasts a strong array of athletes in both track and field events who will be chasing titles today.

Wasatch and Desert Hills are battling for the 3-A boys title.

Ben Lomond's Ty Fejerang was a winner on Friday, claiming the 3-A high jump at 6-3.

Ogden's Jordon Cross finished third in the 3-A 1,600 meters. He'll run in the 800 meters today, chasing his first state individual title.

Richfield is pulling away from the field in the 2-A boys team chase, while Panguitch is ahead of Rich and Monticello in the boys 1-A chase.

Layton Christian's Jack Chandler finished third in the 1-A high jump.

The LCA Eagles boast a powerful group of sprinters, who will be in action today following Friday's qualifying rounds.

Friday night's storms could play a factor in today's action, mostly if lingering winds impact the competitors.

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