Friday's first-day competition at the 1991 UHSAA-First Security Bank state championship track meet was a weather forecaster's dream - a little sun, a little rain, lots of clouds and a whole lot of wind. However, the less- than-perfect weather conditions failed to put a damper on the events - a few finals scattered among the schedule comprised of primarily qualifying events.
In fact, a couple of record-setting performances were logged at the Brigham Young University track despite the wind. However, the weather was the cause of at least one noteworthy effort falling short of the record books.American Fork's 400-meter relay squad of Tiffany Lott, Melinda Boyce, Janet Dubois and Windy Jorgensen set a 4A girls mark with a time of 48.51 seconds.
While Jorgensen - a record-setting sophomore sprinter in the individual dashes - was writing her name in the records, another Jorgensen name was being erased.
Skyline's Matt Hansen established a 4A boys' best in the 100-meter sprint with a time of 10.75 seconds - breaking Bart Jorgensen's 1989 mark of 10.82.
Friday's finals included the boys' 1600 meter run, the girls' 3200 meter run and 20 total field events.
Some other Friday highlights:
- Grantsville's Amy Christiansen was Friday's sole double winner - with one of her first-place efforts earning her a 2A girls record as well. Her toss of 41 feet 6.75 inches in the shot put improved her 39-6 record from last year. She also finished first in Friday's 2A javelin with a throw of 120-1.
- Mountain View's Becky Perry, who set the 4A girls' long jump record with a leap of 18 feet 4 inches two weeks earlier at the same site during the BYU Invitational meet, bettered her mark by an inch and a half. However, her leap of 18-5.5 was deemed as wind-aided and not recognized as a record effort.
- One of the closest contested events of the day came in the 3A boys' 1,600, where favored Brandon Wilding of Bountiful held off Cedar City's Brian Hancock by a margin of .09 seconds - Wilding finishing at 4:24.88, with Hancock coming in at 4:24.97.
- In the 1A boys 1,600-meter run, St. Joseph's Jock Pool and Mike Yount finished 1-2, with the pair clasping hands as they crossed the finish line. However, the premediated one-for-all-and-all-for-one display between the twosome is in violation with track rules. Not only were the duo disqualified from their first- and second-place honors, but defending 1A champion St. Joseph also lost the 18 team points that the 1-2 finish would have earned.
The disqualifications moved defending titlist Conley Moon of Duchesne into first place with a time of 4:41.83.
First-day team scores were posted in both the boys and girls divisions of the state's four classifications - 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A. However, the scores were comprised of only three or four finals in each division, with today's many finals likely to determine the winning teams.
In the boys divisions, Viewmont (22 points) stepped out in front of Olympus , Bingham and Alta in the 4A; Cedar City and Springville elbowed for the 3A honors; Park City was well out in front of 2A runner-up Hurricane ; and Duchesne and North Summit were the early 1A frontrunners.
In the girls divisions, 4A defending champion Mountain View (33 points) more than doubled Layton's points ; Sky View , Logan and (Union) were atop a logjam in the 3A; Grantsville rode Christiansen's two first- place finishes to lead North Sevier and Millard in the 2A; and Wendover had a slight lead in the 1A over Wayne .