It's not uncommon in a dual prep track meet for the final event, the 1600 meter relay, to determine the champion. It's much less common when a team comes out of nowhere in an invitational to win that race and thus the meet.
That's what happened early Saturday evening when the Taylorsville Warriors captured the boys' team championship at the annual Weber State High School Track and Field Invitational. The Warriors captured the race by less than a second from Mountain Crest and thus leap-frogged Davis and Box Elder to win the title by one-third of a point. Taylorsville finished with 40 team points to 39.67 for Davis and 38 for Box Elder, neither of which scored points in the relay.It was also a memorable meet for Fremont's Joel Atwater, who set a new meet record while winning the 800 meters in a time of 1:52.95, eclipsing the mark set last year by Viewmont's Trent Hooper (1:54.33). Atwater also won the 2000 meter steeplechase on Friday in 6:27.37 to earn meet MVP honors in the boys' division.
The Darts and Bees were neck-and-neck most of the day, Davis scoring points in the pole vault (with a third place and two vaulters tying for sixth), shot put, high jump and hurdles to match Box Elder's success in hurdles, javelin and discus. The Bees' Nate Keith also won the shot put with a throw of 60-11. But the Warriors hung around all afternoon, placing second in the 400 meter relay behind Ben Lomond, taking fourth and fifth in the 400 meters, and picking up a second in the discus from Jason McLane with a throw of 158-3. Still, T-Ville's victory in the 1600 relay caught many by surprise, including a track announcer who mistakenly proclaimed Davis the titlest until a quick retabulation showed the Warriors had won by the narrowest of margins.
Top performers included Bountiful's Ryan Smith in the javelin (205-3); Nick Taylor of Alta in the long jump (22-6.25, just one inch ahead of Murray's Oliver Webb); Dagmon Visser of Emery in the 110 hurdles (14.68); Cody Fonnesbeck of Dixie in the 100 meters (10.73); Timpview's Bryan Lindsey in the 1600 meters (4:20.63); and Clearfield's Renn Thompson in the 400 meters (49.59).
Other winners were Maurice Jenkins of Viewmont in the pole vault at 14-6; Webb in the high jump at 6-6; Visser in the 300 hurdles at 38.99; Fonnesbeck in the 200 meters (22.16); Provo distance star Josh Rohatinsky in the 3200 meters (9:34.71); and Jon McLaughlin of Timpview in the discus at 159-6. The relays were won by Ben Lomond (400 meters), Bingham (medley) and Taylorsville.
During Friday's girls' competition, held in adverse weather conditions, Kearns overcame the MVP performance of Viewmont's Danna Rast to edge the Vikings 54-50 for the team title.
Rast won both the 100 meters (12.27) and 200 meters (26.14), as well as anchored third-place finishing teams in the 400 and 1600 meter relays.
The Cougars were paced by Kel-ly Snodgrass, who captured the 400 meters in a time of 57.66 and took home gold medals as the third leg of Kearns' winning medley and 1600 meter relay teams.
In fact, when Kearns' Julie Ostler crossed the finish line in that final relay during a snow shower Friday afternoon, it gave the Cougars the four-point margin of victory over the Vikings. Perenniel state powerhouse Mountain View placed third with 45 points.