High school girls track: Ogden's Sarah Feeny shatters 1,600 record at state meet

Published: Friday, May 16 2014 11:05 p.m. MDT

Ogden's Sarah Feeny won the 4A 1600m final with a state record during the state high school track meet in Provo Friday, May 16, 2014.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

PROVO — Ogden’s Sarah Feeny wasn’t just content to break the state record on Friday, she wanted to shatter it.

Throughout the season Feeny believed she was capable of running the 1,600 meters around 4:45 — a staggering five seconds better than the state record she set a year ago.

From the outset of Friday’s state track and field meet at BYU, it was obvious she had the record on her mind, sprinting out of the blocks and distancing herself quickly from the other 4A runners in the opening 200 meters.

“My goal was to get a PR, and my PR was 4:46,” said Feeny.

Did she ever. Feeny raced to a blistering time of 4:45.13, nearly five seconds better than the 4:50.04 she set at last year’s state meet. According to Milesplit.com, it’s the fastest time in the nation this season by 0.30 seconds.

“I’ve just put in a lot of training and I improved a lot last year, so I was hoping to improve a lot this year for my senior year too,” said Feeny, a University of Utah commit.

On Saturday, Feeny will turn her attention to attempting to break the state record in the 800 and 3,200.

“I don’t know if I can break both in the same day … but I kind of want to just go for it and see if I can,” said Feeny.

Feeny’s fast start has Ogden in the hunt for the 4A team title after the first day of the state meet, along with Maple Mountain, Timpanogos and Box Elder. Beating Maple Mountain will be difficult, though. Tarin Strosser won the javelin with a throw of 145-00 1/4, the second-best throw in Utah this year, while teammate Megan Elmont won the long jump.

In 5A, Herriman, as expected, is firmly in control after Lucy Biles won the 1,600 with a time of 4:57.05 and teammates Amarissa Hawker, Mesi Havea and Sierra Freeland finished first, second and fifth in the shot put.

Hawker won with a throw of 41-03 1/4, 3 feet off her state-best throw from earlier this season.

“It feels awesome. Last year I didn’t do as well, so I vowed I’ve got to come back and win,” said Hawker.

Herriman sophomore Kaysha Love ran a scintillating 100 heat in 11.74, just 0.06 off the state record she set two weeks ago. Later in the meet, Love anchored Herriman’s 4x100 relay team, along with Rachel Butterfield, Kaylie King and Marlee Peterson, as they set a new overall state record in their qualifying heat. The Mustangs posted a time of 47.33, eclipsing Alta’s 2001 state record by 0.16.

During medley relay qualifying later in the meet, however, Love twisted her ankle slightly and was in obvious pain crossing the finish line with a 200 qualifying time of 24.58 toward the end of the meet.

The Mustangs lead the 5A competition after just four events with 43 points, followed by Weber and Davis who are tied with 25.

Park City’s girls had a dream start in their bid to capture a second consecutive 3A state championship.

Maddie Criscione, Sophie McDonald and Alyssa Snyder finished first, second and fourth, respectively, in a dominant showing in the 1,600 meters Friday morning to secure 23 valuable points for the Miners, who lead with 57 points after day one.

Park City’s Chrissy Glasmann won the javelin with a throw of 146-04. She threw a state-record 160-06 earlier this year, but has struggled to come close to that mark since.