The state track and field meet is usually a place for seniors to shine, but Stansbury junior Sami Oblad wasn’t content to wait one more year for her turn to show just how talented she is.
The 2016-17 Transcript Bulletin Female Athlete of the Year was the star of the show during the state meet at Brigham Young University, winning the 200-meter dash and 400-meter dash as well as the high jump — setting personal records in all three events.
These performances came on the heels of a third-place finish in the 100-meter dash, which served as motivation for the other three events.
“I was really upset about it, so I think that kind of fueled the rest of my day,” Oblad told the Transcript Bulletin last month.
She set a pair of Stansbury school records in the 200 (25.29 seconds) and 400 (56.14). She had finished second to former teammate Michaela Didericksen in the 200 as a sophomore, and was third in the 400. This year, she took 1.75 seconds off her own previous school record in the 400 and more than three-tenths of a second off her old mark in the 200.
Her mark in the high jump (5 feet, 7 inches) surpassed her state-winning jump of 5-5 from the previous year.
After the state meet, she participated in the prestigious Great Southwest Classic, an invitational hosted by the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque for the top athletes in the region. She finished fifth in the women’s heptathlon, winning the 200 in a PR of 25.15. She also won the 800 in 2:23.87 (another PR). Outside of the heptathlon, she brought home a fourth-place finish in the high jump, setting a new PR with a jump of 5-9, and broke her own PR in the 400 with a third-place time of 55.92.
As good as Oblad is on the track, she’s just as good on the volleyball court. While a young Stansbury squad struggled at times before ultimately making it to the second day of the state tournament, Oblad was a major bright spot. Her small stature didn’t seem to hurt her as an outside hitter, as she ranked second on the Stansbury roster with 131 kills and a .135 hitting percentage. She had a team-high 25 service aces and tied for second with 26 blocks. Defensively, she ranked second with 143 digs, and she served as a co-captain.
All this, as a junior. What does next year hold for Oblad? Could she be even better as a senior?
A scary thought for her opponents, to be sure. An intriguing thought for those of us who get to watch her compete.