Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

May 8, 2014
Athletes battle for region supremacy

Competitors return for final events on Thursday after cold, wet Wednesday 

The sprint medley finals capped off the first day of the Region 11 track meet Wednesday at Stansbury High School.

In that race, the SHS boys team showed off its prowess with a time of 3:44.27 to finish in first place. Grantsville finished second with a time of 3:48.27.

Dallon Didericksen and Zayne Anderson ran the first two 200-meter legs, Tyler Jensen ran the 400-meter leg and Tanner Jensen the 800-meter leg for the Stansbury team.

With these speedy runners and overall team depth, the Stansbury boys will vie again to finish in the top three at state this year.

Last year, the Stallions finished third with 64 points, one point below second-place Wasatch at 65. Desert Hills won the boys championship last season with 94 points. Wasatch  moved up to 4A this year.

“We probably have the most prepared team heading into the final meets as far as having kids who are excited about track and have put in the time needed to succeed,” said Stansbury coach Randy Quarez.

“There are a lot of variables, but we have a good shot at placing in the top three again at state in the boys meet.”

Athletes competed in preliminary heats for most of the day on a cold and wet Wednesday. Action will continue on Thursday with the majority of final races on the docket.

Both the boys and girls 1600-meter finals were held on Wednesday with a pair of local runners winning the races.

Grantsville’s Colin Arave set a personal record when he ran the 1600 in 4:26.81 to win the region title. Stansbury’s Tanner Jensen and Piercen Maez finished second and third, respectively.

Stansbury’s Kasandra Nordgren captured the 1600-meters title by more than 11 seconds with a time of 5:28. Maggie Beazer of Stansbury finished second.

Stansbury girls placed second in the sprint medley relay with Tooele in third.

Finals were held in three boys and two girls field events.

Stansbury’s Landon Stice won the long jump at 19-09.25. Grantsville’s Connor Collings placed second and Tooele’s Allen Sneed third.

Grantsville’s Tanner Reilley placed second in the shot put with a toss of 42-11.00.

The Cowboys’ Cade Coon won the discus throw at 145-05. Stansbury’s Torrin Hodges placed second, and GHS’s Reilley third.

The Cowboys’ two talented lady high jumpers were far ahead of the competition on Wednesday. Jennifer Christensen won the region title with a leap of 5-03.00 Hailey Stevens finished second at 5-01.00. Kyra Douglas, of SHS, finished third at 4-05.00

Stansbury’s Bailey Wilson won the javelin toss with a throw of 99-05. Tooele’s Jocelyn Duncan placed second at 98-05. 

Mark Watson

Sports Editor at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Mark directs all editorial coverage of sports in addition to reporting on a wide range of events from high school football to international racing. He has a wealth of journalism experience, having worked for four other newspapers in the state. Mark grew up in Tooele County and graduated from Grantsville High School and Brigham Young University.

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