SANDY — It took only a strong final lap to turn Hillcrest distance runner Jason Lynch from virtual unknown to instant 5A contender in the 1,600 meters.

Lynch, a junior, used a solid kick in his final 400 meters to pull away from the pack and score an upset victory at the Alta Invitational on Saturday. His winning time — 4 minutes and 36.35 seconds — set a new personal record.

Lynch's first lap is usually his fastest, so he worked on conserving more energy for the final 400. Still, he didn't count on his change in strategy to help him break the race open.

"In the last 200, I thought someone was going to catch me," Lynch said. "I was a little worried someone would pass me at the end."

The sprints produced another surprise winner. Uintah senior Cylor Morgan edged out Cottonwood senior Marcus Payne for the top spot in the 100 meters. Morgan finished in 11.03 seconds, while Payne crossed the finish line in 11.05.

It was just part of a strong day for Morgan, who also took first in the 400. Morgan feels pleased with where he's at — especially since this is only his second meet of the season so far.

The Ute sprinter said it helps competing in a region filled with strong runners.

"In Region 10, we're going against the best every track meet," Morgan said. "It's a good region. Pretty tough."

Davis was the team winner on the boys side. The Darts were helped by a strong showing in the field events. Four of the top five finishers in shot put competed for Davis. Dart senior Bryce Hall won the shot with a throw of 58 feet and 9 inches and the discus with a distance of 145 feet and 7 inches.

Taylorsville sprinter Dominique Thompson stood out in the girls events after sweeping the top spot in the 100, 200 and 400 meters. Thompson felt pretty good about the results — especially with her 100 time of 12.31 seconds — after battling a strong wind.

"We had a lot of head wind today, so it was kind of hard to make the times I wanted," Thompson said. "But it was better than the last invitational."

Davis also ended the day as the top team in girls competition. Highlighting the winning effort for the Darts were distance runners Candace Eddy and Natalie Haws. Eddy won both the 800 and 1600, while Haws placed third and second in those respective events.

Bountiful thrower Nicole Knighton dominated in the field events, sweeping titles in shot, with a distance of 44 feet and 8 inches, and discus with a throw of 106 feet flat.


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