Saturday, May 18, 2013 turned into a great day for Stansbury sprinter Dallon Didericksen and the Stansbury High School boys track team.
Didericksen scored 20 of Stansbury’s 64 team points all on his own by sprinting to first place in both the 100- and 200-meter 3A final races at the state championships at BYU. He then joined teammates Hudson Conrad, Tyler Jensen and Zayne Anderson as the anchorman to win the 4×100 relay for another 10 team points. Overall, Didericksen helped his team earn 30 points.
Stansbury boys’ 64 points put them in third place at the state meet.
The spring of 2013 was a good year for sprinters in Tooele County. The 200 meters was a highlight for local runners with Grantsville’s Ben Seekins finishing second, Grantsville’s Bren Durfee third, Tooele’s Alex Toone sixth, Stansbury’s Tyler Jensen seventh and Stanbury’s Zayne Anderson eighth.
Stansbury’s Chase Christiansen placed fourth in the 100 meters with Seekins sixth and Anderson ninth.
Didericksen beat Ogden’s Jose Lemus by .04 seconds to win the 100 meters and grab the state title. He defeated Seekins by .06 seconds to win the 200 meter finals.e.
Austin Slade was another top scorer for the Stansbury boys contributing 16 points. Slade finished second in the 3200 meters with a time of 9:30.99.He placed fifth in the 1600 meters with a time of 4:24.83.
Jensen placed eighth in the 400 meters and seventh in the 200 meters. Jacob Maughan was eighth in the 800 meters.
Torrin Hodges led the way in the throws for the Stallions a third-pace mark in the javelin. Hodges tossed the spear 162 feet, 6.5 inches.
Didericksen said hard work paid off him at state.
“I started running track in the seventh grade and I work hard at it. We have two hours of track practice every day and sometimes I go work out after practice,” the champion said. “My dad and I sometimes go up in the mountains and sprint uphill. Coach (Steve) Allen has been really good this year working with me quite a bit, and coach Gary Lund is the relay coach.”