Track Roundup: 4/19, Manti Kids Excel in Underclassmen Meet

Published on April 19, 2017 at 09:34PM

HEBER CITY, Utah (AP)-Wednesday, Wasatch High School hosted a freshman and sophomore track meet which gave neophyte high school athletes an opportunity to compete on the big stage.

The Manti boys and girls track teams each placed respectably in the meet as each of them finished fifth in their respective genders in the team standings.

North Summit’s girls won the team title, easily out-distancing home-standing Wasatch 176-102.5. The boys’ champions were the Box Elder Bees, posting 141.5 points, while the Spanish Fork Dons were second with 109 points.

Manti’s Emily Landon placed first in the girls’ long jump with a leap of 15-11.25 feet and Keyera Braithwaite gave the Templars another individual title with a toss of 94-02 feet in the javelin.

Nicole Nelson also excelled for Manti, placing second in the girls’ 1600 and 3200-meter runs respectively.

Manti’s Sam Cox also did well in the boys’ distance races, placing eighth in the 3200, while his teammate Nathan Howell, placed 10th in the boys’ 1600. This is remarkable how many Manti athletes fared when one considers their competition primarily consisted of 4-A and 5-A athletes.

Winners in the events included Wasatch’s Pearl Harvey in the girls’ 3200-meter run and Alta’s Audrey Iverson in both the 1600 and 800-meter runs.

Audri Richins of North Summit swept the girls’ 100 and 300-meter hurdle championships while Sislee Richins won the 100 and 200-meter championships for the Braves. Additionally, North Summit’s Hanah Lamon won the girls’ 400-meter dash title. Brecklyn Murdock of North Summit won the girls’ shot put as well.

North Summit’s girls also swept the 4×100 and 4×400 relays, giving the Braves a virtual monopoly on the team title.

For the boys, Alta’s David Evans-Olsen won the 3200-meter run while Matthias Dunn of Wasatch took the 1600-meter run title.

Logan Davis of South Summit swept the 110 and 300-meter hurdle titles while Box Elder’s Hyrum Blanchard and Alec Hendricks won the boys’ 400 and 200-meter dashes respectively. Kaden Davis of Spanish Fork was the champion in the boys’ 100-meter dash.

South Summit took the boys’ 4×100 title with North Summit earning victory in the 4×400.

Spencer Bailey of Spanish Fork won the boys’ long jump title with Riley Pugsley of Box Elder taking the high jump crown.

Taelor Wright of Box Elder won the boys’ javelin title while Manti’s Spencer Colburn came through with the shot put crown, posting a throw of 39-02 feet.

Preston Biskey of Box Elder won the boys’ discus title with a toss of 112-11 feet to finish off the events.