The Weber High girls track team captured the girls portion of the 10th Annual Standard Examiner/Universal Athletic Service Track Invitational at Weber State College to set out on a quest to defend its 4A state track title.
Weber racked up 63 points to out-distance second-place Bingham, which tallied 46. Third place went to Green River, a 1A school, with 34 points.
The Warriors used a balanced attack as they captured two first-place medals, added three second-place finishes and a pair of third and fourth place showings.
Jennifer Hart won the only individual medal for the Warriors in the high jump with a leap of 5 feet 2 inches while the 440-yard relay team, comprised of Stacey Gibson, Jennifer Henderson, Hart and Cindy Burningham, was first in a time of 51.24.
San Juan's Tara Laws captured the meet's outstanding athlete award as she won the 1,600 meter run with a 2A state record time of 5:10.43 and the 800 meters in 2:20.22, just four-hundredths of a second off the 2A mark.
Bingham's Lynette Peterson was impressive in the 3,200 meters as her clocking of 11:55.28 was 25 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher, Gina St. Priest of Mountain View, Wyo. The Miners added three second-place finishes and a pair of thirds to lead them to second place.
Green River used two first-place showings by Kristy Andrews in the discus and shot put to reach third. Her winning tosses were 134-11 and 39-8, respectively.
Laws and Andrews were the only double winners.
The Richfield High medley relay team finished sixth in the event but still managed a 2A state record with a time of 4:36.30. First place in the event went to Springville with a time of 4:24.48. No meet records were set as the unseasonably warm weather took its toll on the runners.
In the collegiate portion of the meet, Weber State made an impressive showing against the University of Utah, Utah State and a handful of unattached participants. The meet wasn't scored since Utah and Utah State were unable to provide a sufficient number of competitors.
The Wildcats won nine of 16 events and finished 1-2-3 in the long jump and 200-meter dash. Weber State also finished 1-2 in four other events.
Weber State's Teri Okelberry was the meet's only double winner, capturing the javelin and 400 meter hurdles. Her 163-9 javelin toss was 50 feet better than the second place toss by the U.'s Cindy Lindsay. Her 400 meter hurdle time was 64.17, just ahead of teammate Susan Norton.
The boys portion of the meet will be today, with field event trials starting at 9 a.m. and running heats at 9:30 a.m. Finals will begin at 1:30 p.m. and will be held in conjunction with the men's collegiate events.
One boys event was held Friday, the 2,000 meter steeplechase, which was won by Provo's Jason Brown in a time of 6:25.60. Second was Mountain View's Duane Shumway in 6:26.66 with third going to Chris Jones of Ben Lomond in 6:33.78.