High school boys track: Davis wins another 5A title, while Woods Cross ends long drought in 4A
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
PROVO — Before the final race of the day, Woods Cross’ boys track team knew exactly what it needed to do. The only thing standing in the Wildcats' way of their first state title since 1994 was a fourth-place or better finish in the 4-x-400 relay.
Anchored by Cam Dopp, Woods Cross blew past the 4-x-400 field with the second-best time in Utah to clinch that coveted 4A state title ahead of Herriman.
“It’s the first title Woods Cross has won in 20 or so years. We were hoping to get it last year, but things didn’t work out. But it’s a great feeling to come back and be as strong. I’m just so excited to have that ring. That was the highlight of my year,” said Dopp.
Woods Cross won six individual titles — three by Jacopo Spano — en route to its first title in two decades. Davis, meanwhile, only finished with two individual champions, but that was more than enough as depth once again carried it to a third-straight 5A state championship.
The Darts' lone first-place finishers were Marcus Daley in the long jump and their sprint medley relay team.
On a day when Park City’s Ben Saarel completed the trifecta by setting a new state record in the 800 meters, the most inspirational performance of the day belonged to Riverton junior Clay Lambourne.
Running with a very heavy heart following the death of his older sister Jackie Lambourne earlier in the week from brain cancer, Lambourne ran a career-best time of 47.76 to win the 400 meters. It’s the best time in Utah this season.
“I just gave it all I had and I guess that was enough,” said Lambourne, who was certainly a slight underdog to Davis’ Trevor Leavitt and teammate Michael Bluth prior to the race. “She’s been on my mind a lot. It just motivates me. I know she’s watching.”
After the race, a very gracious Leavitt congratulated Lambourne and said he deserved it.
Alta’s Brandon Smart won the 100 and 200 meters, an impressive double for the senior who wasn’t expected to win either race.
Jordan’s Austin Kafentzis won the 5A javelin while teammate Lavontae Calhoun won the shotput, completing a throwing sweep for the Beetdiggers. Christian Shaver won the discus Friday.
Spano was the star of the 4A meet as he won the 100, 200 and long jump. His 10.77 time in the 100 meters is the best time in Utah this season.
Timpanogos star Jacob Heslington was 4A’s only other multi-event winner as he won the 1,600 Friday and the 3,200 Saturday.
His 9:09.88 time in the 3,200 was just two seconds off his personal best set at the BYU Invitational two weeks ago. He narrowly edged Sky View’s Connor Mantz, whose 9:10.20 time was the fourth-best mark in Utah this season.
“The competition was amazing. That was one of the hardest races I’ve ever run. Normally I can shake people the last 200 but Connor didn’t go anywhere. I was really happy with where I finished,” said Heslington, who finished second in the 800 behind Mountain View’s Sam Sorensen.
In 3A, Desert Hills’ balance all over the track was instrumental in the school’s first track state title as it topped Wasatch by 30 points.
Brad Wulfenstein won both hurdles events for the Thunder, while Blake Kvarfordt won the shotput and discus and Chandler Swaney won the long jump.
“It feels amazing 'cause we came up short last year with second place, but this year we really put in the work since December, and this is what happens — you get first place,” said Wulfenstein.