Two exceptional athletes and a pole vaulter led Roy High School to its first 4A prep track title Saturday at the BYU track stadium.
Bountiful, behind distance ace Brandon Wilding and a strong supporting cast, breezed to the 3A title (84 points to 56 for runner-up Box Elder). Park City took the 2A title with 95 points, and in 1A competition, North Summit edged St. Joseph's of Ogden, 95-91.The question going into the 4A competition was this: Could the twosome of Billy Schuffenhaur and Jake Shulz score enough points to offset the depth of Viewmont?
The answer turned out to be "Yes," with the help of a 15-foot vault by Shawn Rasmussen.
Schuffenhaur and Shulz scored 62 of Roy's 75 points. They finished 1-2 in the 300 intermediate hurdles, with Shulz' time of 37.61 setting a state record. They also took 1-2 in the long jump, this time with Schuffenhaur taking first at 22-103/4 and Shulz moving from fifth to second on his last jump - 22-7. They went 2-3 in the 110 meter high hurdles. And in the only events they didn't compete together, Schuffenhaur won the javelin and Shulz took fifth in the 200.
Still, the victory wasn't clinched until Rasmussen won the pole vault, the next to last event.
That made it impossible for Viewmont, which had been scoring in a number of events but not in big numbers like Roy, to overtake the Royals in the final event - the 1600 meter relay. The Viking foursome of Robert Holman, Jaden Urry, Brent Peterson and Jeff Rast did end the meet impressively, clocking 3:18.65 to break the state record of 3:19.15 set last year by East. Holman, Peterson and Rast also combined with Mark Higbee to win the medley relay by almost three seconds over runner-up Cottonwood.
"For them (Schuffenhaur and Shulz) to score 62 points between them is unbelievable," said Roy Coach Mike Hein.
They bring out the best in each other at practice as well as during meets, he added.
"We really push each other in workouts. Before each event today we just got together and said, `hey, we've got to get them (opponents),"' Shulz said.
The results show they obviously did "get" them.
Last year another twosome - Matt and David Stowell - led East High to a share of the 4A title. And while Matt has gone on to Utah State, David, in probably the boys' most impressive performance of the day, personally led the Leopards to sixth place by scoring all 30 of their points. He edged state record-holder Matt Hansen of Skyline in the 100, 10.89 to 10.90; won the 200 in 22.12 and the 400 in 48.07.
Other highlights, included:
- Wilding's and Brandon Stock's impressive showing for Bountiful. After winning the 1600 Friday, Wilding took the 3200 in 9:28.98 in the morning and came back to capture the 800 in 1:56.24. Stock was a double sprint winner, taking the 100 in 10.96 and 200 in 22.46. Other Bountiful winners were Philip Tate in the 300 hurdles (39.14) and Kory Andreason in the shot put (46-11).
- Rob Christensen's win in the 800. The American Fork athlete once again proved the class of the field with a time of 1:54.65.
- A near-record clocking by Hillcrest's Troy Nesbit in the 110 meter high hurdles. Nesbit won in 14.32, just a tenth of a second off the mark set by Weber's Stan Anderson in 1987. He also finished third behind Shulz and Schuffenhaur in the 300 hurdles and ran a sub 50-second leg in Hillcrest's 4 by 400 relay.
- A triple triumph by St. Joseph's Andy Bailey. Bailey won the 110 hurdles (16.10), the 300 hurdles (40.10) and the 200 (23.71).
Also, regarding St. Joseph's, the disqualification of St. Joseph's first and second-place finishers in Friday's 1600 for clasping hands while nearing the finish line, wound up costing the Ogden school the 1A title. With those 18 points St. Joseph's would have finished with 109 instead of 91 points.