High school girls track: Davis wins third-straight 5A state title, while Herriman wows in 4A
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
PROVO — Not even the unpredictable weather at BYU on Saturday could slow the Davis juggernaut from a third-straight 5A girls track state championship, not even close.
And speaking of three-peats, Herriman could very easily join that conversation a couple of years from now after the Mustangs captured the 4A state title with a very, very young team.
Sophomore Lucy Biles and freshman Kaysha Love combined to earn 73 team points for the Mustangs at the state meet in memorable performances for both as Herriman topped Orem for the 4A team title.
“We couldn’t ask anything more out of them. They were phenomenal. They were absolute studs. Biggest hearts I’ve been around with kids. It came down to it — they were just all heart,” said Herriman coach Jake Garlick, whose team makes the jump to 5A next year to compete with Davis.
Biles swept the three distances events and anchored Herriman’s medley relay, while Love edged Timpview’s Lauren Baxter to win the 100 and 200 meters. Biles was particularly impressive during the rain-soaked 3,200 meters with a time of 10:32.18 — the fastest in Utah this season.
In arguably the most anticipated race of the day, Love posted a time of 11.94 to edge Baxter for the 100-meter title. Love’s time was just 0.04 off the 4A record she set at the Region 7 championships.
“I love having the competition. I want to race her every time. I love the competition,” said Love.
They met again in the 200 meters later in the meet, and Love edged Baxter again by 0.04 seconds. Her 24.13 finish would’ve been a new overall state record, but the wind was blowing too much.
Not to be denied her spot atop the podium, Baxter capped her impressive meet by winning the 400 meters with the fastest time in Utah in 2013.
Meanwhile in 5A, Davis’ girls won nine of 16 events, highlighted Saturday by Bailey Carling winning the 100 and 200, as well as anchoring the 4-x-100 relay.
“It’s such an honor to run for Davis and be able to bring home two (individual) golds,” said Carling.
Davis' Christine Van Brocklin ended her high school in very satisfying fashion after a disastrous start to the meet Friday. The hurdler was hoping for double gold in the 100 and 300 hurdles, but she hit a hurdle in Friday’s heats and didn’t qualify in the 100.
On Saturday she got some redemption winning the 300 hurdles in a photo finish ahead of Brighton’s Alyssa Hirschi.
“When you’re racing hurdles stuff like that happens. You can’t do anything about it. It just motivated me to push in this race,” said Van Brocklin. “I really wanted this after crashing in the 100 hurdles, so I leaned and just barely got it.”
Jessica Richardson won the discus for Davis, posting the second best time in Utah, while Shea Martinez won the 800 meters and anchored the 4-x-400 and medley relays for the Darts.
The most unpredictable team race heading into state was 3A, but Park City realistically clinched the title with a strong showing in the 3,200 meters Saturday morning. Even though Ogden’s Sarah Feeny won the race, Park City placed five runners in the top eight.
Park City finished with 93 team points, while Cedar was second with 76.
“Being able to win this with my sister and being able to win it with this incredible team is just amazing. ... We’re all family, and we’re all going to great schools for us seniors. This is very exciting to see this incredible finish my senior year,” said Park City’s Megan Glasmann, who won the 3A javelin.