Cedar girls dust competition to capture 4A state track title

By Tom Haraldsen

Managing Editor

PROVO—At about 2:30 p.m. Friday, one of Utah’s famous afternoon thunderstorms rolled toward the BYU track and field complex and threatened to delay the state 4A track finals. It ended up swinging to the east and missing the track, but by that time, another storm had surged over the meet—Cedar High’s girls’ team.

The race for the state crown was all but over at that point, though several events remained. The Lady Reds from Cedar pretty much sewed things up earlier on the second day of competition. After Julia Hunt won the 100 meters in a time of 12.41 seconds, and Jasie York blazed to victory in the 400 meters (55.47), it was basically a battle for second-place among the other teams. Cedar finished with 118.5 points to easily beat Desert Hills (2nd at 58), exacting a bit of revenge for a narrow lost to DH in last year’s 3A meet. Both teams moved up a classification this year.

“It was almost like a dual meet between the two schools,” said Cedar coach Robert Corry. “Things were so tight last year, but I know our girls had their sights set on getting that gold trophy back.”

Cedar had taken the lead on Thursday, when a few finals were contested. The medley relay team of Lexi Bird, Rachael Hunt, Maren Street and Mic Webster won the event in a time of 4:09.94. Webster also placed third in the 3200, with Harley Taylor taking fourth. York took fourth in the 800 meters, Marce Tarrayo was third in the shot put, and Sara Kovac placed fourth in high jump.

Friday’s competition began with Webster taking second in the 1600 meters. Tarrayo took third and Brooke Shoop fifth in discus, Julia Hunt took second in the 300-meter hurdles, and York and Julia Hunt went one-two in the 200 meters (both setting personal bests). By time the final event, the 1600-meter relay, rolled around, it was just a matter of seeing if Cedar could best the school record. Bird started off the race with a great pace, handing the baton to Rachael Hunt, who then passed to Kaysie Klemic, who passed to York for the final 400. The Cedar team finished in 3:56.60, breaking the mark it ran last year in 3A.

A long two days of competition ended with Cedar’s ladies bringing home the coveted gold trophy, and riding into town near midnight on a Cedar City Fire Department truck. It was an appropriate way for the blazing Lady Reds to come home, a team who burned up the Provo track.

Canyon View’s girls finished with 16 points in the meet (16th place). Larissa Dabb took second in the 400 meters at 57.24, and Cristal Elias was third in the javelin at 114-5.25.

In 4A boys, Cedar placed sixth with 34 points and Canyon View seventh with 32 points. Jensen Lambert of Cedar was second in the 3200 meters and third in the 1600 meters. Trent Howard of Cedar won the 100 hurdles, and Trent Maurer was second in the discus. The Canyon View medley relay team of Justin Hillyard, Nelson Douglas, Britt Dunnell and Korban Cook placed third at 3:38.61. Mitchell Wright of Canyon View was fifth in the 100 meters and second in the 200 meters. The 1600 relay team of Dunnell, Wright, Douglas and Easton Brandt was third.

In 2A competition, Parowan’s boys finished in seventh place with 35 points and the girls finished 13th with 11 points. Hunter Lorenz was fourth in the 3200 (10:33.92) and fourth in the 1600 (4:46.52), McKenna Murphy was fifth in the girls’ 100 hurdles (17.85), Kaden Gale placed second in the 100 hurdles (17.12), and the 1600 relay team of Lina Biasi, Alaska Shapley, Murphy and Aubrey Pickett finished fourth (4:23.50).

Parowan’s Porter Miller was third in boys shot put (41-4.75), and Daniel Horton was third in boys discus (129.75) and fifth in boys javelin (139-5.25).

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