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image The Stansbury High School 4x100 relay team captured the state championship in May at Brigham Young University. Several track athletes from Tooele County turned in top performances at the meet. From left: Hudson Conrad, Dallin Didericksen, Ky Bender and Justin Jenkins. photo courtesy Mike Didericksen

January 1, 2013
Top 5 Sports Stories 2012 – #3: Prep track stars shine at state championship meet

Tooele County’s track teams featured individuals who put in top performances on May 18-19 at the state championship track meet, highlighted by some first-place finishes.

Stansbury High School’s boys track team sprinted to a fifth-place finish at the state track meet on May 19, scoring almost half of its points thanks to two events.

One of those events was the 4×100 relay team of Hudson Conrad, Dallin Didericksen, Ky Bender and Justin Jenkins. The quad put together Stallion speed and burned up the track with a time of 43.53 to win a state title in the event. That scored 10 points for Stansbury. Jenkins also placed second in the high jump with a personal best of 6-feet-6-inches to score 8 more points.

Jennifer Christensen and Hailey Stevens represented the Grantsville girls in the track meet with their high jumps. Christensen and Stevens both hit 5-feet-6-inches on their high jumps to finish in third and fourth place. Christensen hit her mark faster than Stevens hit hers so Christensen was awarded third place.

Tooele senior Becca Smaellie finished fourth in the javelin on the girls’ side with a throw of 117-feet-7-inches.

Other notable 3A performances included a fifth-place finish by Stansbury’s Lyndsie Thompson in the discus, a sixth-place finish by Madie Alvey in the 400-yard dash, and a ninth-place finish in the medley relay with Madi Bender, Jenna Becker, Abigail Beazer and Morgan Vorwaller.

Tooele’s Alyssa Banks placed eighth in both the 100-yard and 300-yard hurdles. Tooele’s Logan Pectol placed ninth in the 400-yard dash.

Dugway and Wendover athletes put together notable performances in the 1A state meet as well.

Katie Nielson represented Dugway with a championship finish in the 800-yard race and a second-place finish in the 1600-yard race. She also anchored the fifth-place medley relay team with teammates Kylee Morse, Bailey Broadhead and Shawni Williams.

The Wendover girls were led by Maria Aguire, finishing second in the shot put and in fourth place in the discus. Erika Maldonado placed third in the long jump, and Margarita Bermejo finished fifth in the 100-yard hurdles.

Richard Briggs

Community News Editor at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Richard Briggs is community news editor, sports writer and copy editor for the Tooele Transcript-Bulletin. Born in San Diego and raised in St. George, Briggs graduated with a degree in communications from Dixie State College in 2012. While there he worked three years for the college’s newspaper, the Dixie Sun, as a sports writer and sports editor. During his senior year, he was editor in chief. Briggs also is a 2005 graduate from Snow Canyon High School. From 2006 to 2008 he served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints in Kentucky. As community news editor, Briggs writes, edits and manages editorial and photographic content for the Transcript-Bulletin’s inside pages and sections, including Hometown and Bulletin Board.

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