High school girls track: Ogden star Sarah Feeny shines again at state meet, while Herriman dominates 5A
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
SANDY — Another day, another state record blown to smithereens by Ogden’s Sarah Feeny.
This wasn’t any old record either. This was the 3,200-meter record set by East’s Natalie Shields back in 2012, a mark many believe was the single-greatest girls track performance in state history.
Now it’s the second-greatest performance.
Feeny came out flying Saturday morning at BYU, eventually crossing the finish line with a staggering time of 10:13.86 — an incredible 9.2 seconds faster than Shields two years ago.
“I just decided I’m going to go for it,” said Feeny, who set a new state record in the 1,600 a day earlier. “Senior year, they don’t have a 3,200-meter (race) in college, so I just wanted to see what I could do. I was just trying to break the record or get under 10:20. The fact I got that much under 10:20, I can’t even believe it. I’m just really happy.”
Feeny, a Ute commit, came up short in her bid for the 800-meter state record later in the meet, but she still won with a time of 2:10.40, the best mark in Utah this year.
While Feeny provided Class 4A with some of the best individual performances of the meet, 4A also produced the best team drama as Box Elder edged Maple Mountain for the title, 68 points to 67.5.
The Bees didn’t finish with a single individual champ — though they did have four runner-ups — and had to sweat out the last 4x400 race of the day before they could celebrate. Maple Mountain needed to finish fifth in the 4x400 to overtake Box Elder but finished sixth by 0.01 seconds.
“We did it one time at a region meet where never got a first place finish and won, but it’s rare. You have to have a perfect combination of things go for you, and they just happened to go that way for us,” said Box Elder coach Jeff Rawlins, whose team had never finished first or second at state in school history.
Sky View’s Lauren Rawlinson turned in a fantastic performance in the 400 meters, winning with a time of 56.25, the best mark in Utah this year.
A year after capturing the 4A team title, Herriman dominated the 5A meet this year, winning nine events to claim the team title with 139 points, followed by Davis in second with 106 points.
Lucy Biles won the 3,200 and 800 for the Mustangs, while Kaysha Love won the 100 and 200 meters. Biles anchored Herriman’s sprint medley relay team, while Love did the same in the 4x100.
“It means the world. Nobody thought we could do it in 5A, but now it’s just fun to say we can do it in 5A. It’s really exciting,” said Love, who ran despite turning her ankle in the sprint medley on Friday. “It was pretty painful, but for the most part adrenaline helped and it was OK. I didn’t want to let my team down.”
Other standout performances in 5A included Syracuse’s Cidnee Davies posting a 14.64 time in the 100 hurdles, the best time in Utah this year. Hillcrest’s Ariana Williams followed that up with a 43.04 mark in the 300 hurdles, also the best in Utah.
Park City secured its second straight 3A state championship, buoyed by a dominant performance in the distance events. After winning the 1,600 on Friday, Maddie Criscione won the 800 meters on Saturday, with teammate Sophie McDonald wining the 3,200.
“We always peak really well for state at Park City. I was expecting to do well,” said Criscione.
Park City finished with 102 points, followed by Desert Hills in second with 84 points.
Olivia Leavitt had a superb meet for runner-up Desert Hills, winning the 100 and 300 hurdles along with the 200 meters. Bear River’s Whitney Wilcox was a double winner, claiming the 100 and 400 meters.
Ashlin Blonquist had a sensational meet to lead North Summit to the 2A team title with 108 points.
She edged Emery’s Ashlynn Allred in the 100 meters with a time of 12.10, the second-best time in Utah this season and a new 2A record. Earlier this season she broke a 2A record that had stood since 1980.
Allred returned the favor by winning the 200 meters just ahead of Blonquist. The two had never raced against each other prior to the BYU Invitational two weeks ago and they're both underclassmen.
“Now I know next year my senior year I have more to work for, so I’m pretty excited. It’s good to have competition,” said Allred.
Millard’s Anna Camp had a strong meet winning the 400 and 800 meters, as Millard finished second with 86 points.
Panguitch dominated the 1A state meet finishing with 151 points, well ahead of second-place Wayne with 80.
Whittni Orton and Catania Holman went one-two in the 800 and 3,200 meters a day after doing the same in the 1,600.
“We’ve just been working hard, and we both know we’re capable of it,” said Orton. “Usually by the end of the year we’re all just trying to come together and get the points set up to figure out the best way to win.”
Wayne’s 4x400 relay team set a new 1A record with a time of 4:09.98.
West Ridge’s Kasia Matthews had a strong meet as well winning the 100 and 200 meters.