After a weekend of solid performances at the BYU Invitational, Top of Utah track teams are lacing up their shoes for this week's region meets.
The Ogden girls team brings all quality but little quantity to the Region 5 championships. The question will be whether their championship high jumper, Lauren Crockett and their three distance aces, Sara Feeny, Avery Calton and Jamie Stokes can pull off a championship over a deep Sky View team.
Individual girls to watch include Box Elder's McKenzie Johnson in the 400 and long jump, and Kelsey Braithwaite in the distances, Bonneville's Courtney Hellstrom in the javelin and Sierra Thornock in the sprints.
For the boy's side, Sky View looks strong as well, but watch for individual performances from Bonneville's Abe Weeks in the distance races, Alex Flitton in the hurdles, and Jaydn Peck in the sprints. Box Elder's Braden Perry, last year's state champion in the 3200, will lead his team.
The meet will run Wednesday and Thursday at 3 p.m. at Logan High School.
While it's no secret that the Davis boys and girls teams are synonymous with domination in Region 1, and perhaps in the state, that doesn't mean the Region 1 championships this week won't be full of personal triumphs for other prep tracksters and their teams.
Syracuse and Weber promise to give Davis girls a challenge. Syracuse's Mayra Franco in the 100 and 200, April Bassinger in the javelin, Lindsey McFarland in the 400 and Sharlie Dimick in the distances will lead the charge, with Weber's Karlee Deeter in the distances, Mykah Heaton in the hurdles and Melissa Tidwell in the sprints heading up their team.
Syracuse boys will give Davis some competition led by Zach Watson in the pole vault, Cory Serfoss in the long jump and 400, and top thrower in the state Hunter Naisbitt in the shot put and discus.
The meet will run Wednesday and Thursday at Syracuse High School with field events beginning at 3 p.m., and running events slated for 3:30 both days.
After a strong end-of-April invitational performance, both Morgan's boys and girls are looking like the team to beat. But Bear River will provide a healthy challenge.
Morgan boys will be led by Casey Evans in the hurdles and high jump, and Rylan Cox in the throws. Bear River will be led by sprinter Drake Walker, and distance ace Brenden Oxborrow, with Jacob Rees in the hurdles.
Morgan girls will be led by Emmalee Barajas in the distance races with Ashley Garfield in the sprints, and Chelsey Stegelmeier in the throws. While the Bears' Caitlin/Kaitlyn duo will have the sprints through mid-distances covered with Caitlin Paulsen and Kaitlyn Wilcox as top contenders, with Josie Payne in the long jump and shot put.
Ben Lomond should have strong individual performances from boys Ty Fejerang in the high jump and Malcolm Shipmon in the long jump.
The meet will take place at Ben Lomond High starting Wednesday at 3 p.m. and continuing on Thursday at the same time.
North Summit may be the strongest 2-A team in the state, and will also have home-track advantage for Wednesday's region meet, set to start at 1 p.m.
Layton Christian's sprinters hope to make some noise, led by Alissa Atisme.
St. Joseph's girls continue their success from the cross country season with Alex Shaw, Andrea Chavez, Emily Brandt and Lyna Garcia leading the distances, and Michelle Howe in the hurdles.
Senior Daniel Philpot will lead the boys with strong distance races.
Their meet takes place Thursday at 6 p.m. at Ben Lomond High.