Lynette Peterson and Dirk Vorhees have established themselves as the best in their field.
The two prep athletes, competing in the Utah High School Coaches Association Track and Field Invitational at East High Friday and Saturday, dominated their respective events and carried away the "Outstanding Athlete" awards.Peterson, a freshman from Bingham High, was the only triple winner in the non-scoring state qualifying meet. She swept all three distance races, winning the 800, 1600 and 3200-meter runs.
Vorhees, a senior from Skyline High, had little trouble winning the 100- and 300-meter hurdle events.
Winning the 1600-meter wasn't easy for Peterson, as the field featured some of the best runners in the state, including Kristie Brown of Provo, Michelle Blaisdell of Ben Lomond, Nikki Eyre of Hillcrest and Becky Bybee of Mountain View. Peterson held off Brown down the final stretch to win, finishing in 5:08.6, well below qualifying time.
The Bingham freshman picked up her third victory when she edged Tara Laws of San Juan in the 800 meters with a time of 2:16.74.
"I felt good even though I was a little sore from yesterday. I just wanted to break 5:10, so I'm really happy," Peterson said. "I knew I had to push it hard in the last half because Kristie (Brown) has a great kick."
Even though Laws didn't earn the victory, she did break the 2-A state record, finishing the 800 meters right behind Peterson at 2:16.96. She lost her final chance for a first when she false started in the 400-meter run.
Vorhees slipped past Bruce Stevens of Davis in the 100-meter hurdles, finishing in 14.77 and 14.85 respectively. He beat Bill Schuffenauer of Roy at the tape in the 300-meter hurdles to become a double-winner.
"I've been working a lot harder; last year I was pretty lazy. I took a week off, but now I feel great," said Vorhees, who has been nursing an injured foot.
Another 2A record fell when Gary Hill of Wasatch was clocked at :49.29 in the qualifying rounds of the 400-meter run. He finished fourth in the finals, behind winner Ben Higbem of Viewmont.
Viewmont's Mark Johansen came up short for the second day in a row. Friday he lost to teammate Ryan Anderson in the 3200-meter race. This time it was the 1600-meter run and John Schiefer of East edging out the Viking senior. Anderson picked up his second win with a top finish in the 800-meter run, where he edged out Cottonwood's Chris Burton and Wes Anderson of Weber.
Layton's Yolanda House and American Fork's Bart Jorgensen dominated the sprint events, taking victories in the 100- and 200-meter dashes.
House also anchored the winning 4 x 100-meter relay squad, teaming up with Corrie Phelts (second in the 100-meter dash), Ricci Bell and Becky Butler (third in the 100-meter hurdles.)
Another strong hurdler was Jennie Johnston of Bingham, who picked up a first in the 300-meter event. She was also third in the 100-meter dash.
Carolyn Knight won the 400-meter run, finishing in :58.15 to beat Shauna Halgood of Cottonwood. Knight, a senior at Woods Cross High, was second in the 200-meter and long jump as well.
In the field events, Darren Milne of Hillcrest won the javelin, Weber's James Calvert took the high jump, Darrol Evans of Clearfield won the shot put and Brandon Reece of Roy won the pole vault.