When the final scores are tallied at the 2014 State Track and Field Championships on Saturday on the campus of Brigham Young University in Provo, there may be more than a few champions from Tooele County high schools.
There are 14 CowboyT entries in the meet, and head coach Traci Stevens expects points to come from as many as four or five athletes.
“Honestly what I want for those kids is to leave the meet satisfied,” she said, “knowing that they were able to go in and relax and perform their best, regardless of where they finish.”
Coach’s daughter Hailey Stevens has the No. 4 seed time in the 100-meter hurdles with 15.81 seconds, the time she posted at the BYU Invitational earlier this month.
Stevens is also entered in the high and long jumps: She is seeded with a No. 2 mark of 17 feet 5 inches and tied with teammate Jennifer Christensen for the No. 2 seed in the high jump.
Senior Colin Arave is entered into every distance race, but is likely to only score in his best race, the 1600: Arave is one of four racers with a 4:26 seed time, and any one of them could catch Cedar senior Bryan Pearson’s 4:20 to win the title.
Junior thrower Cade Coon might grab a point or two in the shot put, but is likely to take as high as second in the discus behind Desert Hills’ Blake Kvarfordt, who’s top-seed mark is over 20-feet farther than Coon’s at No. 2.
Senior Brindisy Russell may be the best hope for the Buffaloes with 58.71 time in the 400, but the field is so tight a bad race may drop her from a hopeful second place to not qualifying for finals.
“Going into the competition Brindisy Russell had the fastest women’s 400 meter time in Region 11 this year,” head coach Al Bottema said. “Her second-place time of :58.71 was nearly a full second faster than her previous best.”
Thrower Sean York has the No. 4 seed in the javelin with a 166’5” mark.
Look for Stansbury to score big points in the boys’ sprint events. Led by 100 meter defending-champion Dallon Didericksen in the 4×100 relay, the Stallions will be disappointed with anything less than a three-peat. Didericksen is slated for four events and is likely to score a point total in the low 30s.
Junior Zayne Anderson has the No. 3 time in the 100 with an 11.06 and is also entered in four events.
Those two, along with Tyler Jensen and Jaden Torgerson will likely make up the medley relay, which has a shot to medal, if not win. Jensen is also likely to place in the 400.
“Sometimes a lot of depth helps win a region meet, but at state it’s the best of the best all going at each other,” head coach Steven Allen said.
Madie Alvey is in the 58-second pack of the 400, but like Grantsville’s Stevens, Alvey must race well to place, and a bad qualifying race may leave her out of the final heat.
The state meet will take place all day Friday and Saturday at Brigham Young University in Provo. A complete entry list and schedule can be found on runnercard.com under the 2014 Utah UHSAA State Track and Field Championships link.