On Friday, March 23, the Tooele High School track and field team participated in the Box Elder Relays state qualifying meet. The boys and girls teams both finished fifth at the meet.
Tooele’s athletes had many outstanding performances. The boys were led by junior Aaron Pectol with a first-place finish of 52.58 seconds in the 400-meter dash. He also teamed with Niko Valerio, Gavin Ware and Joseph Wilkins to take first in the 4×100-meter relay with a winning time of :46.05.
Angel Garcia finished second in the discus with a throw of 135 feet, 4 inches, and placed fifth in the shot with a put of 38-9. Cameron Simko added to the team points with a seventh-place toss in the disc of 112-4.
The 4×200 men’s relay of Tanner Stringham, Hyrum Pectol, Jared Downard and Parker High finished second with a time of 1:43.32. Also contributing to the team total were the 4×400 meter relay team of Valerio, Ware, Wilkins and Aaron Pectol with a fourth-place time of 3:41.68. Fifth-place finishes were recorded by Austin Meono (19-1/2 in the long jump) and Ware (5-6 in the high jump). Hurdler Spencer Toone took eighth place in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of :48.16.
The Lady Buffs were led in individual events by Madelyn Tate, Julia Smith, Emma Taggart, Hannah Jenkins and Mallory Searle. Tate ran a :29.21 in the 200 meters, followed closely by Smith at :29.41. to finish fourth and fifth, respectively. Taggart was fifth in the 100 meters with a season-best :13.90. Jenkins continues to improve this season in the hurdles with an :18.52 to place seventh in the 100-meter hurdles. Searle also finished seventh in the long jump with a leap of 14-0. Three of the girls relay teams also scored valuable team points. Chelsea DeSantiago, Carrie Cooper, Savannah Martin and Julia Smith combined for a second-place time of 1:58.02 in the 4×200-meter relay. The 4×100-meter relay team of Allison Smith, Taggart, Tate and Emily McKinney was third with a :54.76. Taggart also teamed up with DeSantiago, Jenkins and Julia Smith in the 4×400-meter relay with a time of 4:45.22 in third place.
The Tooele coaches are very pleased with the early season progress of their athletes, as they had many participants who not only turned in season-best but career personal-best performances.
Tooele will next host the Tooele County Schools Invitational at Stansbury High School on Wednesday, April 4. Events begin at 3:30 p.m. This is a great opportunity to see athletes from the five Tooele County high schools compete in a UHSAA state qualifying track and field meet.