Under picture-perfect conditions at Stansbury High School’s Stallion Stadium, the annual Tooele County Schools Invitational brought track and field athletes from Tooele, Stansbury, Grantsville, Dugway and Wendover high schools together for a chance at local bragging rights, as well as the opportunity to qualify for their respective state championship meets.
Stansbury came away with both team titles. In the girls competition, the Stallions posted 228.5 points to Tooele’s 159.5. Grantsville was third with 126, followed by Wendover with 46 and Dugway with 3.
Stansbury was led by its distance runners, as Shelby Archer won the 1,600-meter run in a season-best time of 5 minutes, 37.18 seconds. She finished second to teammate Elena Allen in the 800, as Allen posted a personal-best of 2:29.10 to Archer’s personal-best 2:33.61. Aubree Cheney won the 400 in 1:02.76.
The Stallions also got wins from Kayla Alvey in the 300 hurdles (season-best 49.73), the 4×400 relay team of Alvey, Gracey Hinton, Joelle Spilker and Zoe Hales (4:33.02) and McKenna Sargent in the shot put (personal-best 32 feet, 6 1/2 inches).
Tooele was led by sprinter MaKenna McCloy, who set a pair of personal-bests in winning the 100 (13.13) and 200 (26.86). Hannah Jenkins won the 100 hurdles in a season-best 17.82, Sammy Thomas won the discus with a mark of 97-11 1/2 and Allie Miles posted a winning mark of 4-10 in the high jump. The Buffaloes’ 4×100 relay team of Julia Smith, Emma Taggart, Madelyn Tate and McCloy won its race in 50.95, more than a second ahead of Stansbury.
Sabrina Allen’s season-best time of 12:43.45 earned the Grantsville senior a victory in the 3,200. Her teammate, Danielle Hunsaker, posted a personal-best mark of 15-5 1/2 to win the long jump, and Sydney Killian won the javelin with a personal-best toss of 100-1.
Wendover’s girls had several highlights on the day, beginning with its medley relay team’s win in 4:56.46 that achieved the state qualifying standard for Class 1A. Yanely Duenas had a season-best time of 13:25.44 to finish second in the 3,200; Adriana Delgadillo’s toss of 88-0 in the discus was her personal best and earned her second place; and Alana Henderson finished third in the 400 in 1:09.81.
The Stansbury boys posted 308.5 points in a dominant performance. Grantsville was second with 144.5, followed by Tooele with 117 and Dugway with 3. The Stallions won every running event in which they competed.
Sprinter Silas Young had a pair of season-bests, winning the 100 in 11.47 and the 200 in 23.19. Josh Wintch had season-bests in the 800 (1:58.85) and 1,600 (4:30.30), while Xander Littlefield (season-best 51.97 in the 400) and Scott Ruebush (personal-best 10:26.98 in the 3,200) also won their events.
Jacob Medsker had his fastest times of the season in winning the 110 high hurdles (16.43) and 300 hurdles (43.05). The 4×100 relay team of Abram Miller, Jet Richins, Littlefield and Young won in 43.94 and the 4×400 relay team of Blaise Miller, Josh Oblad, Nick Norman and Wintch posted a winning time of 3:38.02 – more than 16 seconds ahead of second-place Grantsville.
Josh Jenkins also won two events, posting season-best marks in the high jump (6-0) and long jump (19-9 1/2). Jared Brown won the discus with a personal-best effort of 146-10 1/2, and had another PR in the shot put, finishing second to Grantsville’s Connor Ware with a toss of 47-8 1/2. Ware’s mark of 48-8 1/2 was his best of the season.
Tayton Young had Grantsville’s other event win, with his toss of 138-10 in the javelin representing a new personal best.
Tooele won the medley relay, as Tanner Stringham, Parker High, Spencer Moreno and Anthony Ayala crossed the finish line in 4:09.29.