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High school boys track: Sky View starts strong, while injuries slow Davis' 4-peat bid at state meet

Published: Monday, Aug. 31 2015 10:04 a.m. MDT

State high school track meet in Provo  Friday, May 16, 2014.  (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) State high school track meet in Provo Friday, May 16, 2014. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

PROVO — For whatever reason, Sky View’s Connor Mantz was a ball of anxiety ahead of his 1,600-meter race at the state track meet Friday morning at BYU.

“I was very nervous. Just coming into it was scary,” said Mantz.

Considering that he won both the 1,600 and 3,200 races at the BYU Invitational just a few weeks earlier, his early nerves were surprising. What wasn’t surprising, however, was how he performed despite the nerves.

The junior ran a 4:10.47, the best time in Utah this year and a new 4A record. With 400 meters left, Mantz was threatening Ben Saarel’s overall state record of 4:07.95, set at state last year, but he ran out of steam.

State high school track meet in Provo  Friday, May 16, 2014.  (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) State high school track meet in Provo Friday, May 16, 2014. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

“If I’d finished fast I could’ve got it. With 400 to go I was in the right position, I just didn’t have it. My last lap was one of my slowest. I was just trying to finish. I really pushed my second and third ones,” said Mantz.

Mantz’s victory along with teammate Josh Andrus’ first-place finish in discus has Sky View in good position to contend for the state title on Saturday. Woods Cross was a slight favorite heading into the meet, but its 4x100 relay team was disqualified in its heat Friday for a late exchange. Those are valuable points that will be tough to replace, opening the door for a couple of other teams to potentially catch the Wildcats in the team race.

Lost points were the story of the 5A team race as well on Friday.

State high school track meet in Provo  Friday, May 16, 2014.  (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) State high school track meet in Provo Friday, May 16, 2014. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

Davis superstar Trevor Leavitt, who set the 400-meter state record two weeks ago at the BYU Invitational, injured his hamstring in a 100-meter heat, effectively ending his high school career. The BYU commit collapsed just before the finish line.

Leavitt injured his hamstring at last week’s Region 1 meet, but after rest and therapy this week he was optimistic he could compete.

“He’s had an incredible season, he’s worked so hard, he’s such a great kid. The heart of our team, the leader of our team all year. It’s unfortunate,” said Davis coach Corbin Talley.

“I just told him he’s going to see so many great days running in front of him. He gave it what we could give today. You couldn’t ask more out of him. He’s always willing to give everything he’s got.”

State high school track meet in Provo  Friday, May 16, 2014.  (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) State high school track meet in Provo Friday, May 16, 2014. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

A healthy Leavitt would’ve been a shoo-in to score 20-plus points for Davis in the team race, but without him the Darts’ three-year reign in 5A is likely over.

That opens the door for other 5A contenders like Herriman, Syracuse and Riverton. Herriman leads Davis after the first day 23-22.

“Twenty-something points in this close of a battle doesn’t come easy. And there are some really good teams this year. It’s going to be a good team battle,” said Talley.

In 3A, Desert Hills’ Chandler Swaney won the long jump and Blake Kvarfordt won the discus as the Thunder got their 3A title defense off to a strong start. They lead Cedar 35 to 22.

Davis' Andrew Tyndal celebrates winning the 5A pole vault on is way down during the state high school track meet in Provo  Friday, May 16, 2014.  (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Davis' Andrew Tyndal celebrates winning the 5A pole vault on is way down during the state high school track meet in Provo Friday, May 16, 2014. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

Jacob Francis won the 1,600 meters in 2A to give Grand a slim 22-21 lead over Delta.

In 1A, Panguitch’s Tyce Barney won the discus to pace the Bobcats to a big day one lead over Milford, 38-22.

Among the other standout performances from the opening day, Bingham’s Andrew Brewer won the 5A 1,600 meters with a time of 4:13.44, while Woods Cross’ Cam Dopp posted the best 110 hurdles time in Utah during his heat with a time of 14.30.

“Things went about as planned,” said Brewer. “I was planning on going hard the last lap for the win.”

Lehi’s Trevor Bursach won the 5A high jump by clearing 6-08 1/4, the second-best mark in Utah this year.

State high school track meet in Provo  Friday, May 16, 2014.  (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) State high school track meet in Provo Friday, May 16, 2014. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

Boys track and field results

Day 1

Class 5A

Team scores

1. Herriman, 23; 2. Davis, 22; 3. Lone Peak, 21.5; 4. Bingham, 18; 5. Riverton, 12; 6. Lehi, 10; 7. Layton, 9.5; 8. Syracuse, 8.

Individual events

1,600 — 1. Andrew Brewer, Bingham, 4:13.44; 2. Rory Linkletter, Herriman, 4;15.17; 3. Brady Earley, Riverton, 4:16.21; 4. Austin Brower, Westlake, 4:16.76; 5. Clayson Shumway, Lone Peak, 4:17.14; 6. Dallin Leatham, Viewmont, 4:17.61; 7. Connor McMillan, American Fork, 4:18.50; 8. Kramer Morton, Alta, 4:20.51.

State high school track meet in Provo  Friday, May 16, 2014.  (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) State high school track meet in Provo Friday, May 16, 2014. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

High jump — 1. Trevor Bursach, Lehi, 6’08.25; 2. Nate Allred, Davis, 6’05; 3. Michael Spencer, Layton, 6’05; 4. Weston Ford, Riverton, 6’05; 5 (tie). Brett Matheson, Lone Peak; Chandler Obray, Layton, 6’03; 7. Bailey Brooks, Copper Hills, 6’03; 8. Mason Leishman, Syracuse, 6’03.

Discus — 1. Rory Mulitalo, Herriman, 165’01.50; 2. Chandler Clark, Lone Peak, 162’11; 3. Christian Shaver, Jordan, 159’09.25; 4. Andrew James, Herriman, 158’01.75; 5. Jaydon Lord, Weber, 157’07.25; 6. Nicholas Merriman, Syracuse, 141’10; 7. Braiden Tovey, Syracuse, 141’05.75; 8. Riley Smith, American Fork, 135’11.00

Pole vault — 1. Andrew Tyndall, Davis, 14’09; 2. Mitch Robinson, Bingham, 14’06.00; 3. TJ Brandow, Lone Peak, 14’03; 4. Ben Schulthies, West Jordan, 13’06; 5. Matt Calvin, Davis, 13’00; 6. Jacob Watts, Viewmont, 13’00; 7. Nicholas Merriman, Syracuse, 12’06; 8. Kaden Sumsion, Riverton, 12’00.

Delta's Logan Smith wins the 2A high jump during the state high school track meet in Provo  Friday, May 16, 2014.  (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Delta's Logan Smith wins the 2A high jump during the state high school track meet in Provo Friday, May 16, 2014. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

Class 4A

Team scores

1. Sky View, 22; 3. Mountain View, 12.3; 3. Wasatch, 11.5; 4. Timpanogos, 10; 5. Logan, 8.3; 6. Maple Mountain, 8; 7. Provo, 6.3; 8. Springville, 6.

Individual events

1,600 — 1. Conner Mantz, Sky View, 4:10.47; 2. Josh Collins, Wasatch, 4:14.47; 3. Sam Sorensen, Mountain View, 4:14.80; 4. Jack Evans, Skyline, 4:16.16; 5. Matt Owens, Orem, 4:18.95; 6. Taylor Dillon, Woods Cross, 4:19.45; 7. Tanner Blaylock, Box Elder, 4:20.22; 8. Alex Lyons, Sky View, 4:20.89.

State high school track meet in Provo  Friday, May 16, 2014.  (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) State high school track meet in Provo Friday, May 16, 2014. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

High jump — 1. Chad Best, Timpanogos, 6’05; 2 (tie). Payton Riggs, Mountain View; Troy Murray, Logan; Ty Jones, Provo, 6’03; 5 (tie). Mason Baxter, Salem Hills; Coleman Emmanuel, Wasatch, 6’01; 7. Ty Anderson, Salem Hills, 6’01; 8. Sione Finau, Kearns, 6’01.

Discus — 1. Josh Andrus, Sky View, 152’05.25; 2. Jordan Porcaro, Maple Mountain, 141’07.25; 3. Nikolas Grosland, Springville, 138’09.25; 4. Tyler Glazier, Timpview, 133’04.75; 5. Nephi Davidson, Highland, 133’00; 6. Nathaniel Burnett, Murray, 131’09.50; 7. Seth Wilde, Logan, 131’06.75; 8. Kyle Andrus, Sky View, 130’06.25.

Pole vault — 1. Grant Moser, Logan, 11’06; 2. Jed Smith, Box Elder, 11’06; 3. Chris Homer, Logan, 11’00; 4. Hayden Hoglund, Logan, 10’00; 5. Jeff Evans, Corner Canyon, 9’06.

State high school track meet in Provo  Friday, May 16, 2014.  (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) State high school track meet in Provo Friday, May 16, 2014. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

Class 3A

Team scores

1. Desert Hills, 35; 2. Cedar, 22; 3. Richfield, 17; 4. Carbon, 16; 5. Juab, 15; 6. Hurricane, 11; 7 (tie). Dixie, Grantsville, 8.

Individual events

1,600 — 1. Garrett Marsing, Carbon, 4:15.24; 2. Bryan Pearson, Cedar, 4:19.83; 3. Taylor Abel, Pine View, 4:26.19; 4. Nephi Eschler, Hurricane, 4:26.79; 5. Ben Powell, Desert Hills, 4:27.10; 6. Kale Sharp, Desert Hills; 7. Colin Arave, Grantsville, 4:29.34; 8. Wes Miller, Park City, 4:30.10.

Sprint medley — 1. Cedar, 3:31.23; 2. Dixie, 3:32.50; 3. Carbon, 3:33.69; 4. Stansbury, 3:34.10; 5. Richfield, 3:34.15; 6. Desert Hills, 3:36.17; 7. Hurricane, 3:38.10; 8. Snow Canyon, 3:38.99.

State high school track meet in Provo  Friday, May 16, 2014.  (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) State high school track meet in Provo Friday, May 16, 2014. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

High jump — 1. Chandler Swaney, Desert Hills, 6’08; 2. Chance Carlston, Juab, 6’06; 3. Karsten Boettcher, Snow Canyon, 6’04; 4. Brenan Thomas, Richfield, 6’04; 5. Tregan Deveraux, Uintah, 6’02; 6. Caleb Whitney, Desert Hills, 6’02; 7. Jeff Rowley, Juab, 6’00; 8. Landon Stice, Stansbury, 6’00.

Discus — Blake Kvarfordt, Desert Hills, 159’09.25; 2. Colton Causey, Richfield, 143’00.50; 3. Cade Coon, Grantsville, 138’04.75; 4. Joshua Clark, Juab, 137’08.75; 5. Kole Dotson, Cedar, 135’04.50; 6. Kazden Jolley, Hurricane, 133’10.25; 7. Lavala Tumanuvau, Desert Hills; 8. Jordan Ence, Hurricane, 132’05.75.

Class 2A

Team scores

State high school track meet in Provo  Friday, May 16, 2014.  (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) State high school track meet in Provo Friday, May 16, 2014. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

1. Grand, 22; 2. Delta, 21; 3. Kanab, 14.5; 4 (tie). North Summit, Manti, 14; 6. Wasatch Academy, 13; 7 (tie). Millard, Parowan, 10.

Individual events

1,600 — 1. Jacob Francis, Grand, 4:25.41; 2. Jack McCulloch, Wasatch Academy, 4:29.72; 3. Eli Oftedal, Rowland Hall, 4:33.37; 4. Hudson Zwhalen, North Summit, 4:37.27; 5. Jonathan Rothschild, North Summit, 4:40.10; 6. Ryan Westermann, Rowland Hall, 4:42.58; 7. Tanner Robinson, Parowan, 4:43.69; 8. Thomas Wilken, Delta, 4:43.86.

Sprint medley — 1. South Sevier, 3:54.60; 2. Emery, 3:57.51; 3. Layton Christian, 4:02.36; 4. Manti, 4:04.16; 5. ALA, 4:05.64; 6. Maeser Prep, 4:17.25.

High jump — 1. Logan Smith, Delta, 6’05; 2. Braden King, Manti, 6’01; 3. Taylor Macdonald, Beaver, 6’01; 4. Justan Potter, Emery, 6’01; 5 (tie). Haeden Hockersmith, Maeser Prep; Joey Carisle, Gunnison, 5’11; 7. Ben Nord Paskin, Wasatch Academy, 5’11; 8. Brittain Bowring, San Juan, 5’09.

Skyview's Connor Mantz wins the 4A 1600 meter final during the state high school track meet in Provo on May 16. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Skyview's Connor Mantz wins the 4A 1600 meter final during the state high school track meet in Provo on May 16. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

Discus — 1. Daven Russell, Kanab, 159’00.75; 2. Cannon Brunsvik, Parowan, 146’00; 3. Dane Nordmark, Manti, 135’05.25; 4. Brayden Giddings, San Juan, 127’02; 5. Conner Ottley, Millard, 122’03.75; 6. Edgar Gomez, Grand, 122’01.25; 7. Anthony Gostick, South Summit, 121’06.25; 8. David Bentley, Grand, 121’00.

Pole vault — 1. Walker Halterman, Parowan, 11’00; 2. Thomas Beenfield, North Summit, 10’00; 3. KJ Bistline, Kanab, 9’00; 4. Dane Stewart, Kanab, 9’00; 5. Braden Richins, North Summit, 8’00; 6. Max Skagerberg, North Summit, 8’00.

Class 1A

Team scores

1. Panguitch, 38; 2. Milford, 22; 3. Rich, 19; 4 (tie). Tabiona, Monticello, 12; 6. Piute, 10; 7 (tie). Wayne, Valley, 8.

Davis' Andrew Tyndal celebrates winning on his way down during the 5A pole vault at the state high school track meet in Provo on May 16. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Davis' Andrew Tyndal celebrates winning on his way down during the 5A pole vault at the state high school track meet in Provo on May 16. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

Individual events

1,600 — 1. Vance Weston, Rich, 4:32.16; 2. Ethan Young, Milford, 4:35.28; 3. Keldon Norris, Panguitch, 4:42.58; 4. Kyler Norris, Panguitch, 4:43.17; 5. Carl Killman, Milford, 4:45.86; 6. Tyler Bird, Monticello, 4:47.41; 7. Skyler Argyle, Rich, 4:48.99; 8. Adam Platt, Bryce Valley, 4:52.61.

Sprint medley — 1. Milford, 3:43.78; 2. Valley, 3:47.75; 3. Bryce Valley, 3:52.42; 4. Rich, 3:56.88; 5. Panguitch, 3:58.12; 6. Whitehorse, 4:07.59; 7. Wendover, 4:21.74.

High jump — 1. Zack Allen, Piute, 6’00; 2. Bailey Hogan, Tabiona, 6’00; 3. Brian Tanner, Monticello, 6’00; 4. Tyce Barney, 6’00; 5. Dylan Lindsay, Altamont, 5’10; 6. Joseph Engel, Monticello, 5’10; 7. Hunter Hatch, 5’08; 8. Braxton Spencer, Duchesne, 5’08.

Delta's Logan Smith wins the 2A high jump during the state high school track meet in Provo on May 16. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Delta's Logan Smith wins the 2A high jump during the state high school track meet in Provo on May 16. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

Discus — 1. Tyce Barney, Panguitch, 129’07; 2. Marc Simmons, Wayne, 127’11.50; 3. Uriel Zubia, Panguitch, 124’08; 4. Daniel Raymond, Manila, 113’05.50; 5. Tyler VanTassell, Tabiona, 112’02.50; 6. Daivik Mitchell, Whitehorse, 111’02.75; 7. Joseph Leifson, Rich, 111’01; 8. Layne Murdoch, Tintic, 105’11.75.

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