It was a good day for the Viewmont Vikings who won the boys' team competition and smashed a 16-year-old record in the medley relay at Saturday's BYU/First Security Bank Invitational. The funny thing was, the Vikings didn't even win the race in which they broke the record.
The medley relay race (200, 200, 400 and 800 meters) was won by the Vikings' crosstown rival Bountiful, which not only set a BYU Invitational record but the 3A record as well.The Bountiful team of Chris Godfrey, Brandon Stock, Philip Tate and Brandon Wilding nipped Viewmont's foursome of Mark Higbee, Robert Holman, Jeff Rast and Scott Keate by less than a second in the top race of the day.
The Braves' time of 3:30.86 broke the 3A mark of 3:32.94 set by Timpview in 1989.
"We were shooting for it," said Bountiful's Wilding, who sat out his best event, the 800, to help go for the record. "Our crosstown rival is Viewmont, so it was nice to win," added Stock.
Meanwhile, Viewmont's time of 3:31.49 broke the 4A mark of 3:31.71 set by Hillcrest back in 1975. That mark was also the old BYU Invitational record, the second oldest mark in the books.
Viewmont's Keate, who ran stride for stride with Wilding through much of their 800 leg, was disappointed not to win, but excited about the record.
"That's what we came here intending to do and they (Bountiful) helped us do it," he said.
Viewmont did come out a winner in the boys competition, scoring 55 points. That was well ahead of second-place Hillcrest, which came in with 35 points. Bountiful finished third with 32 points.
The girls' team competition was won by Mountain View with 70 points. The Bruins' Becky Perry, who finished second in the heptathlon, set a state record long jump with a leap of 18 feet 4 inches, beating her own mark by 7 inches. Layton was second with 59 points, followed by American Fork with 50.
Alta's Spencer Jenson kept up a family tradition Saturday by winning the boys' decathlon with a 5682 total. His father, Ray, won the decathlon in 1964 when it was called the all-around and held at Snow College. Then four years ago Spencer's brother, Kelly Jenson, won event with a 6533 total.
Orem's Brian Crow led after Friday's first five events and through the first four events Saturday. But Jenson, with a good performance in the javelin, his best event, crept within 59 points of Crow going into the final event. Jenson needed to beat Crow by about seven seconds in the 1500 meters to win the decathlon title and beat him by 31 seconds.
Roy's Billy Schuffenhauer would have been the heavy favorite to win but he didn't compete because of the closeness of this meet to the region and state meets. Schuffenhauer had posted a 7125 total at the Weber State Invitational earlier this spring.
Schuffenhauer did compete in the javelin Saturday and won with a throw of 186-4.
Tiffany Lott, a sophomore at American Fork High, held on to her first-day lead to win the girls' heptathlon. She went into the final event, the 800 meters, with a 140-point lead over Perry, who had set that state long jump record earlier in the day.
Lott came from behind to beat Perry by two seconds, which gave her a 4640 total to Perry's 4492. It turned out Lott won this year despite being sick and on medication for the two days of competition.
Lott was also a winner in the 100-meter hurdles with a 15.07 mark. Her teammate, Windy Jorgensen, was a double winner in the 100 and 200 meters, Cottonwood's Shauna Halford won the 400, Mountain View's Amy Allen won the 800 and Springville's Heather Witney won the 1600 meters.
Other girls winners included Alta's Trisa Davidson in the 300-meter hurdles, Skyline's Daveen Haws in the shot put, Fruita's Sherri Clawson in the high jump and Mountain View's Kim Henry in the discus.
Skyline's Matt Hansen was a double winner, taking the 100 and 200 meter races, as was Hillcrest's Troy Nesbit, who won the 110 and 300 hurdles.
East's David Stowell had a fine time of 48.61 in the 400, American Fork's Rob Christensen won the 800 and Bountiful's Wilding took the 1600. Field event winners included Mountain View's Jared Passey in the discus, Viewmont's Michael Ewing in the shot put, Dixie's Justin Esplin in the long jump and Olympus' Erik Lundmark in the high jump.