High school boys track championship: Pine View ends long title drought

Published: Sunday, May 20 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

Park City's Ben Saarel finished the meet with three individual titles, winning the 800 and 3,200 meters on Saturday to go along with his 1,600 triumph on Friday.

The 2A team title was still up grabs heading into the final event of the day, but Grand logged a second-place finish in the 4x400 ending the meet with 104 points and Richfield finishing in second with 94 points.

"It feels amazing," said Grand's Zak Hazlett. "Running across the finish line knowing that we beat Richfield, that's basically what we had to do. I'm friends with all these guys, I've been racing with them all year."

Grand's Spencer Smith picked up a very important second-place finish in the shot put that helped the Red Devils counter Richfield's strength in the long jump. Wesley Rodda also notched a pair of second-place finishes in the 100 and 200, with Enterprise's Sage Palmer winning both events.

In 1A, Duchesne's depth was too much as it tallied 121 team points, with Rich and Monticello tying for second with 77 points.

"It feels great, back-to-back, one of the best feelings you can have," said Duchesne's Macoy Young. "We had a lot of guys. Our freshman stepped up, our sophomores, we were good all the way through."

Championship Saturday

Saturday's high school state championship teams:


5A boys — Davis; 5A girls — Davis

4A boys — Maple Mountain; 4A girls — Orem

3A boys — Pine View; 3A girls — Ogden

2A boys — Grand; 2A girls — North Summit

1A boys — Duchesne; 1A girls — Rich


4A boys — Timpview

3A boys — Park City


3A — Snow Canyon


D1 boys — Juan Diego

D1 girls —Bingham


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