State track preview: Weber hoping to ride Region 1 wave this weekend

Wednesday , May 16, 2018 - 7:20 PM

About halfway through last week’s Region 1 track and field championships, it started to sink in.

The Davis High girls had won 19 consecutive region track and field titles from 1999-2017 which followed three straight from 1994-96.

Simply put, there was nobody else that had exercised such a stranglehold on region trophies quite like the Darts.

But all of a sudden, the girls standing on top of the podium were wearing red and black instead of yellow and brown. When the total team scores were announced, Weber High had 172 points, Syracuse had 129 and Davis 122.

It was the result of an idea born before the season that went from somewhat of a pipe dream to reality over a two-day stretch, something that’s giving the Warriors a tailwind heading into this week’s state track and field championships at BYU.

“Once we kind of put numbers together after a couple meets and the Davis meet we’re all, ‘Hey we’re in the ballpark here,’” said Weber coach Andie Jung.

And it took some gutty, gritty performances by two of Weber’s most experienced runners, two who set the goal early in the year to beat Davis at the region meet.

McKenna Lee has been dealing with shin splints since December and sat out virtually the entire month of April to rest her legs for the state meet.

She won the 3200 meters at the Region 1 meet by more than a full second after racing just two times since returning from her rest period.

“That was super cool. I was worried that I wouldn’t be in good enough shape or that my legs would hurt. I had good races at region, which was a relief,” said Lee, who’s headed to BYU this fall to run cross country. “They were OK at first, but after the 2-mile my femur started hurting pretty bad.”

Sprinter Krista Farley, bound for Utah Valley University’s track team, also had to push through nagging injuries. She hurt her hip during indoor season but has still consistently posted a top-three 100-meter time in the state.

Then on Thursday, she took first place individually in the 100, 200 and the long jump.

“I wasn’t really supposed to win the 200, I don’t know, it was awesome that I was able to pull myself together and win the race,” Farley said.

They weren’t the only ones on top of the podium. Abby Triplett, a freshman, won the girls high jump. Alyssa Hansen and Bridget Triplett finished 1-2 in the javelin and both the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams finished first.

“I don’t know how to explain it, the whole day was just amazing,” Farley said.

By the time the relay teams were done, the trophy’s next home was already decided. Now the Warriors will try to bring home another one.

STATE TRACK NOTES

Dozens of local track and field athletes are in the running for state championships in this, the first year where there are six classifications and therefore six different meets at BYU.

Woods Cross freshman Carlee Hansen owns the best 5A times in both the 800 and 1600 meters. Syracuse has a big contingent of athletes with state-best marks: Lexi Wightman (pole vault), Brittany Cardall (triple jump and 300 hurdles) and the 4x100 relay team.

Roy sophomore Paola Hahn has the best discus mark in the entire meet at 147 feet, 7.75 inches and should win the 5A title. Layton junior Pele Fa has the best mark in 6A at 136 feet.

Taylor Abbott from Ben Lomond has a 4A-best time in the 100 hurdles and Box Elder senior Alexis Koetitz has by far the best 5A mark in the 300 hurdles.

Morgan senior Marcie Stapley has the best distances in both the shot put and discus in 3A. Teammate Logan Duran has the top 3A distance in the long jump. St. Joseph junior Virginia Tomon has the best 2A mark in the discus.

Syracuse sprinter Nathan Kaufusi has the best 6A times in the 100, 200 and 400, according to Athletic.net. Fremont distance runner Zach Winter owns the best 1600 time in the state and the best 6A time in the 800.

Davis’ Andrew Simonsen (300 hurdles), Syracuse’s 4x400 relay team and Fremont’s Logan Tittle (high jump) also own the best times in the state in their respective events. Bountiful’s Jace Jensen owns the best 5A time in the 400 and he’s three-hundredths of a second behind Kaufusi for the state’s best mark.

Bear River senior Easton Payne, a Weber State football signee, has the best mark in 4A shot put.

STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

Where: BYU Track and Field Complex, Provo

When: Thursday (9 a.m.), Friday (7:30 a.m.) and Saturday (9 a.m.)

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