Viewmont High senior Danna Rast was in a hurry during Saturday's annual BYU Track and Field Invitational. After all, she had a prom to get ready for later that night.
So the speedy Viking became the first Utah female prep athlete to break the 12-second mark when she captured the 100 meters in 11.99 seconds on a perfect spring afternoon in Provo. She broke the previous state record of 12 seconds flat set in 1981 by East's Susie DeVries.The two-day BYU meet was a final tuneup for prep athletes before regional meets next week, and the state finals also to be held at BYU May 15-16. During Friday's 1A-2A combined meet, Dugway captured the men's division title and North Sevier edged Juab for the women's title. On Saturday, it was powerful Taylorsville taking the men's title, while Mountain View easily outdistanced Green River, Wyoming and Viewmont for the women's title.
Rast's performance was the most impressive of the afternoon, as she was pushed to the new mark with help from Bear River's Holly Gibbons, back in form after an early season injury. Gibbons was second to Rast in the 100 meters at 12.16 but came back to set a 3A state record in winning the 200 meters in a time of 25 seconds flat.
"Having Holly in the race really helped," said Rast, who also led the Vikings to second-place finishes in both the 400 meter and medley relays. "I knew we'd be close and my blood was really pumping. It was fun out here today."
Other outstanding performances in the women's division were turned in by Lehi's Shae Mess-er-smith in the 3200 meters, Tiffany Stewart of Carbon with a win in the 100 meter hurdles and a second place finish in the 300 meter hurdles (where she set a state 3A record), Emery's Andrea Larson with wins in both the shot put and discus, Mik'l Hacker of Pine View with a decisive long jump victory, and Danielle Blais-dell of Ben Lomond in the 1600 meters. Lindsay Steele of Mountain View captured the high jump, Alta's Ashlee Grange the javelin and Kim Eldredge of Cottonwood the 800 meters. Brittany Edmonds of Central High in Colorado won the heptathlon, edging Pine View's Brittany Lott by just 21 points.
Taylorsville took only one first place on Saturday, as its 1,600 meter relay team of Nate Imamura, Steve Huff, James Woods and Ryan Johnston edged West Jordan for the gold. The Warriors picked up valuable points in six other track events and in two field events to cruise to 57 team points, 15 better than Provo. There were two double winners among the men, as Emery's Daymon Visser captured both the 400 meters and the 110 hurdles, and Cody Fonnesbeck of Dixie won the 100 and 200 meter titles.
Other winners Saturday included Matt Adams of Wasatch in the 3,200, Brian Lindsey of Timpanogos in the 1,600, Lindsey's teammate Jeff Taylor in the 800, and Timpview's Nate Phillips in the 300 hurdles. Field event medalists were James Jex of Lehi in the long jump, Viewmont's Maurice Jenkins in the pole vault, Chris Riding of Mountain View in the high jump, Nate Keith of Box Elder in the shot put, Ryan Smith of Bountiful in the javelin and Jon Mclaughlin of Timpview in the discus.
Tyler Shaw of Box Elder captured the decathlon with 6,434 points, topping Murray's Andrew Levin at 6,227. Dan Messick of Firth, Idaho was third, less than 500 points behind Shaw even though he did not score in the javelin. Idaho does not allow its prep athletes to compete in the javelin, so he scored 5965 points in just nine events.