PROVO — Coach Don Hall joked last week he would try to go win a state track and field title with a pack of distance runners.
He was serious.
Following Friday’s first day of action at the state track and field championships at BYU’s Robison Track Stadium, the Tigers sit tied atop the girls 3-A team standings with 32 points.
Several other Top of Utah schools also used impressive starts in the few finals events contested on the opening day to climb the leader boards.
The weather impacted a few events negatively, but the competitors battled around the rain and wind gusts. Today’s action begins at 8 a.m. under predicted beautiful weather conditions.
In the girls 1,600 meters, Ogden’s Sarah Feeny edged teammate Jamie Stokes at the finish line with two other Tigers in the top 8. Ogden also won the sprint relay on the first day.
In other 3-A events, Morgan’s Kassie Nagel won the shot put while Ben Lomond’s MacKenzie Abbott finished second in the long jump.
In the girls 5-A chase, Davis’ Shea Martinez and Ellie Child ran 1-2 in the 1,600 meters with two teammates in the top eight. The Darts top the team standings with Fremont and Weber tied for second after strong first days.
Weber’s Mykah Heaton finished first in the long jump, with Fremont’s Kayla Ivins in second.
Fremont’s Tanisha Daniels claimed the shot put title, with Davis’ Michelle Clark third, while Weber’s Madison Summers was second in the javelin.
In the girls 4-A chase, Orem and Mountain Crest are battling for the top spot.
Mountain Crest’s Karlee Kartchner won the long jump, while Woods Cross’ Sosina Salima claimed the shot put.
Roy’s Tiler Hiney was third in the javelin.
In the girls 2-A chase, North Summit got its title repeat effort off to a scintillating start. The Wildcats’ Erica Birk won the 1,600 meters, teammates Samantha Nicholes and Erica Richins went 1-2 in the long jump and the team also won the sprint relay.
In the girls 1-A chase, Layton Christian’s Alissa Atisme won the long jump, while St. Joseph’s Lyna Garcia took third in the 1,600 meters.
The Davis boys own a slight lead over Alta after the first day in 5-A team chase, as the Darts’ Brad Nye won the 1,600 meters with a pair of teammates in the top eight.
Fremont sits third overall. The Silver Wolves’ Jaz Johnston and Weber’s Cameron Call tied for first in the high jump.
In the pole vault, Syracuse’s dynamic duo of Zach Watson and Jacob Zaugg finished 1-2 as they have in most meets this season. Their Titan teammate, Bradley Sherman, finished third in the discus
In the boys 4-A chase, Box Elder sits atop the standings, thanks to a victory from Quinn Miles in the discus and a third place from Adam Hendrickson in the 1,600 meters.
Roy’s Anthony Gregory won the high jump.
In the boys 3-A events, Ogden’s Jordon Cross was third in the 1,600 meters.
Following a full day of qualifying, state team titles will be decided in five classifications today.