The annual BYU Invitational gives local track and field athletes the chance to see how they compare against top athletes from the 4A and 5A ranks.
A handful of local athletes finished in the top 10 in their respective events at last weekend’s meet which featured more than 100 competitors in some events.
Stansbury’s Dallon Didericksen, the defending 3A champion in the 100 meters, led the way with a second-place finish in the event with a time of 10.84. Didericksen’s teammate Zayne Anderson placed ninth in the 100 with a time of 11.11. Anderson also finished eighth in the 200 meters at 22.21, with Didericksen 10th.
The Stallions have won the 4×100 the past two years at the state meet and will be strong again this year. The relay team finished fifth at the invitational last weekend. Runners, including alternates, were Didericksen, Anderson, Tyler Jensen, Landon Stice, Josh Griffeth and Toto Nyarugba.
Grantsville’s two sensational female high jumpers soared to the top at the invitational with Hailey Stevens in third place at 5-05 and Jennifer Christensen in fourth place at 5-05. Stevens edged out her teammate by having fewer misses before sailing over the bar at 5-05.
On the boys’ side Cade Coon threw the javelin 143-6.75 to place eighth for the Cowboys
Stevens finished in the top 10 in two other events. She finished fourth in the long jump 17-3 3/4, and sixth in the 100 hurdles at 16.09.
Stansbury’s multifaceted athlete Stice placed 11th overall in the long jump with a leap of 20-06.50, while teammate Gage Mazione took a break from baseball action to finish 16th in the javelin. Torrin Hodges placed 16th in the discus, and Madie Alvey finished 20th in the long jump for the girls.
Athletes must hit qualifying marks to be able to compete at the invitational.
Also competing for the Stallions were Josh Griffeth, javelin; Bailey Wilson, discus; and Tyler Jensen in the long jump. Jaden Torgerson, Sam Garcia and Hunter Hoffman ran the 800 for the Stallions. Piercen Maez, Torgerson, Taylor Graves and Hunter Hoffman ran in the 1600. Tyler Jensen and Nyarugbo ran the 200. Tanner Jensen finished 31st in the 3200.
Kasandra Nordgren competed in the 800 and 1600, and Maggie Beazer ran the 1600. Alvey also competed in the 200.
Other Grantsville female athletes who competed included Natalie Hurst in the 100, and Hailey Durfee in the shot put.
Coon also competed in the shot put, with teammates Alfonso Gonzales in the javelin, Nathan Ault in the high jump, Conner Collings in the long jump and 100, Nephi Meono in the 100, Lorenzo Silva in the 100, Colin Arave in the 800 and 1600.
Tooele boys who competed were Sean York, javelin and long jump; Bryan Castro and Tyson Toone in the shot put; Nathan Pollman, high jump; and Thomas Wright, 800.
Competing for the girls were Paris Stewart, discus; Jocelyn Duncan, javelin; Tiffanee Bird, long jump; Brindisy Russell, 800 and Eva Olcott, 800.
The Region 11 track meet runs Wednesday and Thursday at Stansbury High School.