Stansbury senior Jet Richins stood on the medal stand at the state track and field meet earlier this month in Provo, a smile on his face and a gold medal hanging around his neck after contributing to the Stallions’ victory in the boys’ sprint medley relay.
It was a storybook ending to an unforgettable four-year run for Richins, a multi-sport star who has been named the Transcript Bulletin’s 2018-19 Male Athlete of the Year. Whether it was football, basketball or track, Richins helped the Stallions soar to new heights, and in turn, he earned himself a part-academic, part-athletic scholarship at Southern Utah University. He signed a national Letter-of-Intent in February to play football at the school in Cedar City, where he will play a hybrid linebacker/safety role for the Thunderbirds.
During the 2018 football season, Richins led all of Utah, regardless of classification, with 124 tackles, including 12 tackles-for-loss. He added three quarterback sacks and five hurries, along with two interceptions, three passes defended, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble for a Stansbury squad that won the Region 11 championship and advanced to the Class 4A quarterfinals. He had a season-high 24 tackles, 11 of which were solo efforts, with two tackles-for loss and a sack in the Stallions’ win over Ben Lomond in October, and he also ran back an interception for a score in the season opener against Sky View.
He also made a major contribution on offense, rushing for 506 yards and five touchdowns on just 70 carries. Richins’ best offensive game came in a 42-21 win over archrival Tooele in September, as he ran for 134 yards and two scores on 13 carries. His senior season capped a successful run that included two trips to the state semifinal round in his sophomore and junior years.
Richins also helped the Stansbury basketball team reach the state tournament for the fourth consecutive season with solid all-around play. As a co-captain, he averaged 3.8 points, 1.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game, and finished fourth on the Stallions in 3-pointers made with 10. He had a season-high 14 points in a season-opening win over Delta, and had 11 points and four assists with three 3-pointers in a road win over Ogden that helped Stansbury earn the No. 4 seed from Region 11, and the Stallions very nearly upset Green Canyon on the road in the opening round of the postseason.
Richins was a force to be reckoned with on the track this past spring as well. He won the Region 11 championship in the 200-meter dash and was fifth in the 100. At the state meet, he teamed with Brenden VanCooney, Xander Littlefield and Carson Belnap to with the Class 4A championship in the boys’ sprint medley relay, marking the second time in as many years he and Littlefield had won a state title in the event.