In less-than-ideal and constantly changing weather conditions in Nephi, Makenna McCloy led Tooele’s girls track and field team to a sixth-place finish at the Juab Invitational on Friday with a first-place time of 12.84 seconds in the 100-meter dash, as well as an excellent first-place finish in the 200 with a time of 25.81.
She also combined with Allison Smith, Emma Taggart and Julia Smith for a fourth-place finish in the 4×100-meter relay.
Aysha Lewis leapt to a second-place finish in the long jump with a state qualifying mark of 16 feet, 7 inches. She also cleared 4-8 for a seventh-place tie in the high jump. Teammate Allie Miles jumped 4-10 to place fourth in the high jump after finishing in seventh place in the 400 meters. Freshman sprinter Emma Stuart was fourth in the 400 meters, and an eighth-place finish by Alondra Holguin in the shot put contributed to the team score.
Sophomore sprinter Joseph Wilkins’ first-place time of 23.49 in the 200 and second-place time of 11.34 in the 100 paced the THS boys to a fifth-place team finish. Senior Aaron Pectol was third in the 100 with a time of :11.45 and ran 2:09.88 in the 800 for a second-place finish. Pectol and Wilkins, along with Tabor Shepard and Gavin Ware, combined for a 45.94 in the 4×100-meter relay for a third-place finish. Ware also placed fifth in the high jump with a leap of 5-8.
Distance runner Teagun Palmer continues to improve in the 1,600 and 3,200 meters. He ran 4:52.17 to finish third in the 1,600 behind Grantsville phenom Porter Whitworth, who won the race. Palmer also scored a fifth-place time of 11:02.77 in the 3,200 meters. Hurdler Jared Downard recorded times of :16.77 in the 110 hurdles, good for third place, and :42.75 in the 300 hurdles, which placed him second. The medley relay team of Shepard, Parker High, Spencer Moreno and Hyrum Pectol finished in eighth place to round out the team scoring.
The Grantsville girls finished seventh out of 11 teams, with Danielle Hunsaker finishing fourth in the 100 (13.37) and 200 (27.63) and fifth in the long jump, recording a personal-best leap of 16-1. Ashlee Edwards was sixth in the long jump at 15-11 1/2, and Jade Garcia finished sixth in the javelin at 101-8. Erin Hurst had a personal record in the 100 hurdles, finishing sixth in 17.75.
Lindsey Palmer set a PR in the 800, coming home in seventh place with a time of 2:46.25, and Hillary Cloward was seventh in the javelin with a PR of 101-2.
Grantsville’s boys finished eighth, led by Whitworth’s win in the 1,600 in 4:41.00. The Cowboys’ sprint medley relay team won its race in 3:48.70. Thomas Yager finished fifth in the shot put, setting a new personal-best mark of 38-8. Jeffrey Yadon was sixth in the high jump at 5-8, and Izaiah Sanders was eighth in the 400 with a time of 55.97.
Utah Valley Invitational
The Stansbury track and field team took four athletes to the Utah Valley Invitational at Utah Valley University in Orem on Saturday, with the Stallions’ three male competitors performing well enough to earn SHS a 17th-place finish in the 39-team field.
Josh Oblad was fourth in the boys’ 1,600-meter run, recording a season-best time of 4:30.05. Jared Brown finished fifth in the shot put (44-5) and discus (137-8), and Carson Belnap was eighth in the 1,600 (personal-best 4:31.01).
Mackenna Sargent represented the Stansbury girls team, finishing 15th in the shot put with a mark of 31-3. She also competed in the discus, but was unable to record a qualifying toss.
Transcript Bulletin sports editor Darren Vaughan contributed to this report.