Three local prep track stars proved last week that they can compete with the best in the state.
Grantsville junior Hailey Stevens placed fourth in the BYU Invitational heptatlon with events on Wednesday and Thursday. Her teammate, sophomore Jennifer Christensen, topped 5 feet, 5 inches in the high jump last weekend to finish fourth the event and Tooele senior Alyssa Banks broke the all-time 100-meter girls hurdle record at THS at the BYU Invite. Banks finished 10th overall in the event.
The trio competed against athletes from 21 other 3A, 4A and 5A schools.
Stevens scored 3,730 points in the heptathlon which included four events on Wednesday and three events on Thursday. Provo senior Nicole Laws placed first with 4,458 points, Timpview senior Alisha Baker was second with 3,963 points, Bingham senior Chlesea Ward finished third at 3, 941, followed by Stevens and Morgan sophomore Britten Duerden placed fifth with 3,536 points.
Stevens was pleased with her finish. “I was really excited to be able to compete and wanted to do well,” she said.
“Earlier this season I decided I wanted to do it (compete in the heptathlon) so I started to learn the events and had to get a mark in all them at a meet to be able to qualify. Then we had to submit those marks on runnercard.com,” Stevens said. Only 10 athletes in the 3A-5A classifications were selected to compete in the heptathlon.
Events included the 100m hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200 meters, long jump, javelin and 800 meters.
Stevens is strong in the high jump and long jump, and already has qualified for state in those two events.
“Those two are my favorites, but I haven’t done that great in the javelin,” she said. Stevens scored most of her points in the high jump followed by the 200 meters, hurdles, long jump, 800 meters, shot put and javelin.
Christensen recorded her best jump of the season at the invitational with a leap of 5 feet, 5 inches.
“I’ve had a mental block this year and couldn’t get past the 5 feet, 2 inch mark, so it felt really good to go 5 feet, 5 inches. I’ve had shin splints which has slowed me down,” Christensen said. The sophomore turned it on last year as a freshman toward the end of the season and hit 5 feet, 6 inches at the state meet which was good enough for third place. Stevens also hit 5 feet, 6 inches in the high jump last year and finished fourth at state.
After a strong junior season, Banks returned this year with her eye on breaking the 100m hurdle record at THS.
She achieved her goal at the BYU Invitational with a time of 15.75 to beat the old record of 15.97 held by Valynn Spafford Atkin set in 1979.
Banks finished eighth at the 3A state meet last year in both the 100m and 300m hurdles. She has trimmed her times significantly in both events this year.
Tooele’s Kyle Fletcher also enjoyed success at the invitational finishing 19th in the 400 and 17th in the 800. Teammate Sean York placed ninth in the javelin. Grantsville’s Ben Seekins finished 23rd and Bren Durfee 32nd respectively in the 200. Durfee placed 28th in the long jump.
Grantsville’s Colin Arave finished 11th in the boys steeplechase, and Kristen Rust placed 18th in the girls steeplechase.
Tooele’s boys 4×400 relay team finished fifth. Runners were Alex Toone, Chris Bonner, Kyle Fletcher and Logan Pectol. Tooele’s girls 4×400 team placed 17th with Brindisy Russell, Melody Callister, Kiyome Johnson and Stacey Medley.
Here are the top three finishers in each event from the Tooele County Invitational at Stansbury High School on Wednesday.
Results from the Tooele County Invitational
100 meters — 1. Ben Seekins GHS (11.19) 2. Alex Toone THS 3. Chase Christiansen SHS 11.42
200 meters — 1. Seekins GHS (22.67) 2. Bren Durfee GHS 3. Zayne Anderson SHS
400 meters — 1. Bren Durfee GHS (51.91) 2. Durfee GHS 3. Toone THS
800 meters — 1. Kyle Fletcher THS (2:04.11) 2. Thomas Wright THS 3. Devin Franks THS
1600 meters — 1. Colin Arave GHS (4:50.12) 2. Piercen Maez GHS 3. Taylor Graves SHS
3200 meters — 1. Jake Maughun SHS (10.03.83) 2. Abram Beazer SHS 3. Jaden Torgerson SHS
110m hurdles — 1. Ben Rigby GHS (17.18) 2. Wyatt Rapich THS 3. Michael Valencia THS
300m hurdles — 1. Jaron Moon SHS (43.01) 2. Rigby GHS 3. Landon Stice SHS
4×100 relay — 1. Tooele (47.66) (Toone, Chris Bonner, Drew Petersen, Logan Pectol) 2. Grantsville
Sprint Medley — 1. Stansbury (3:44.69 (Christiansen, Z. Anderson, Tyler Jensen, Austin Slade) 2. Tooele
Shot put — 1. Cade Coon GHS (39 feet, 2 inches) 2. Logan Mott THS 3. Logan Shields THS
Discus — 1, Coon GHS (136 feet, 7 inches) 2. Mott THS 3. Jarom Gleed SHS
Javelin — 1. Sean York THS (155 feet, 2 inches) 2. Jackson Clausing SHS 3. Christiansen SHS
High Jump — 1. Stice SHS (5 feet, 7 inches) 2. Nathan Pollmann THS
Long Jump — 1. Clausing SHS (20 feet, 1.25 inches) 2. Durfee GHS 3. Allen Sneed THS
100 meters — 1. Michaela Didericksen SHS (13.27) 2. Madie Alvey SHS 3. Melody Callister THS
200 meters — 1. M. Alvey SHS (27.44) 2. Erika Maldonado, WHS 3. Ciara Stewart THS
400 meters — 1. Kiyome Johnson THS (66.12) 2. Natalie Hurst GHS 3. Kylie Searle SHS
800 meters — 1. Kati Rasmussen SHS (2:39.24) 2. Eva Olcott THS 3. Mikayla Arnold THS
1600 meters — 1. Shawni Williams THS (5:58.68) 2. Olcott THS 3. Jessica Chipman SHS
3200 meters — 1. Rebecca Lords SHS (12.51.94) 2. Sarah Hardy SHS 3. Williams THS
100m hurdles — 1. Alyssa Banks THS (16.24) 2. Erika Alvey SHS 3. Krissy Nobles SHS
300m hurdles — 1. Banks THS (48.09) 2. E. Alvey SHS 3. M. Callister THS
4×100 relay — 1. Stansbury (54.90) (Maddi Bender, Jenna Becker, M. Alvey, Brooklyn Squire) 2. Tooele
4×400 – 1. Stansbury (4:19.10) (M. Alvey, Becker, E. Alvey, Morgan Vorwaller) 2. Grantsville
Sprint Medley — 1. Tooele (5:12.88) (McKynlee Morrill, Marie Godau, Hailey Adkins, Mattalyn Pike)
Shot Put — 1. Maria Aguirre WHS (32 feet, 7.5 inches) 2. McKenzie Alvarez THS 3. Hailey Durfee GHS
Discus — 1. Jessica Cuevas WHS (93 feet, 9 inches) 2. Aguirre WHS 3. Alvarez THS
Javelin — 1. J. Cuevas WHS (96 feet, 6.5 inches) 2. Vanessa Cuevas WHS 3. Caitlin Hensley THS
High Jump — 1. Jennifer Christensen GHS (5 feet, 1 inch) 2. Alyssa Chase SHS
Long Jump — 1. Stewart THS (15 feet, 5.25 inches) 2. Anna Christensen GHS 3. Maldonado WHS