Was anyone surprised that Mountain View won the 4A championship at Saturday's Utah State Track and Field Championships in Provo?
Certainly, not the Bruins. After all, they just happened to have long-stemmed roses on hand to give to each member of the team following Saturday's victory; after all, when they came out of the stands to accept the championship trophy, they were decked out in T-shirts that read: 1991 state track champions."It sounds cocky," said MV coach Dave Houle, "but I promise that the T-shirts were a mistake. We got them last year. They were printed up wrong. So we put them in a box, and hoped we'd win again."
So they did, and by now it has become clear that Houle has built a dynasty at MV. Five years ago, only four girls came out for the Bruin cross country team - Houle's first year as coach. Houle recruited the hallways and since then he has won 13 state championships, in boys' and girls' cross country and track, plus one national cross country championship last fall, when 120 girls came out for the team.
The Bruins did the only smart thing: they made him coach of the girls' basketball team two years ago, and last winter they won the state title in that sport too.
"I'm the luckiest guy in the world," says Houle.
Well, it helps to have the likes of Amy Allen, who won the 3,200-meter run on Friday and then the 1,600 on Saturday (5:10.53). She narrowly missed winning the 800, as well, but sophomore upstart Jen Johnston of Weber ran her down in the homestretch to win by .28 of a second, in 2:17.25.
Meanwhile, teammate Kim Henry won the shot put and discus and Becky Perry the long jump (she also was second in the 100 hurdles).
That threesome was enough to give the Bruins most of their 93 points, which beat runnerup American Fork by 27 points.
Oh, yes, American Fork. Or should we say Team Windy Jorgensen. On Saturday Jorgensen, the 5-foot-3 sophomore, won the 100- and 200-meter dashes and anchored the winning 4 x 100 and 4 x 400-meter relays - all for the second consecutive year. Let's see, that's two years of high school competition, eight events, eight championships.
All didn't go smoothly, however. On Friday Jorgensen stepped in a hole during warmups and twisted her knee. Before the start of the 200 finals she threw up.
"I had the dry heaves," she said. "I wasn't nervous. I must be sick."
Still, Jorgensen managed times of 12.06 in the 100 (.06 off the state record) and 25.19 in the 200, and joined her teammates to break the 4 x 100 relay record for the third time this season (this time in 47.93) and narrowly missed another record in the 4 x 400 (4:00.66).
While Jorgensen dominated the 4A competition, Heather Witney and Taunya Daniels were doing much the same thing in their competitions. Witney, a senior at Springville High, won the 3,200 (on Friday), the 1,600 (5:17.10) and the 800 (for the fourth consecutive year, in 2:18.29) and anchored the winning 4 x 400 relay. That was enough to give Springville its second consecutive 3A state championship.
Daniels, a senior at Richfield High, won the 100, 200, 400 and 800, precisely as she did a year ago, to lead Richfield to its second consecuive championship. Her times: 12.94, 27.03, 59.12, 2:24.62.
There was more. Alisha Ellett and Kami Taylor - Wayne County's distance duo (1-2 in the 1,600 and 2-3 in the 800), led Wayne to a tie for the 1A title with North Sevier.
There were other highlights on Saturday, aside from the team title chases. Clearfield's Jill Zaugg won a showdown with Layton's Dana Blood to win the 300 hurdles in a fast 44.95 (to Blood's 45.09).
Shawna Halford, a senior at Cottonwood bound for Weber State, won the 400-meter dash for the second consecutive year, this time in 57.68, then rallied the Colts' medley relay team to a victory by running the final 800 meters in 2:19.