Keith Johnson, Deseret Morning News
Runners leave the starting line during the first heat of the 800 meters during the ASICS Invitational.

OREM — Spanish Fork was tough to beat two weeks ago at the Provo Invitational and ended up winning both the boys and the girls championships.

At the ASICS Invitational, held at Timpanogos High School on Saturday, the Dons were just as tough, once again winning both championships.

The girls team, led by Natalie and Nachelle Stewart, scored 142 points, eight more than it did two weeks ago, and outscored second-place Riverton by 60. Springville placed third with 72, Timpanogos finished fourth with 68 and Mountain View took fifth with 67.

"We were hoping to run well and perform well," said Dons coach Bart Thompson. "All around it was a good meet."

Natalie Stewart took first in the 100- and 400-meter dashes and won athlete of the meet on the girls side.

"I'm just excited to improve and try and get better," the senior said. "I'm really happy with my times."

Her sister, Nachelle, took first in the 800-meter run and second in the 400-meter dash.

Being able to compete with each other and have so much success has been a fun experience, according to Nachelle.

"It's fun to have (Natalie's) support," Nachelle said. "It kind of helps balance out your strengths."

Running wasn't easy Saturday, however, as frequent gusts of cold wind hindered many athletes from performing as well as they would have liked.

"Right when you hit the 200-meter mark it's like a gush," Nachelle Stewart said. "My fingers were starting to tingle."

As well as the Dons girls team performed Saturday, the guys team performed nearly as well. The boys scored a total of 103 points to take first. And just like on the girls side, Riverton took second, this time scoring 89 points. Orem took third with 73 points and American Fork finished fourth with 64 while Timpanogos and Springville rounded out the top five tied at 61.

Orem coach Andrew Jacobs was pleased with the way his team played and emphasized the importance of getting ready for the state tournament.

"We could care less about winning this meet," he said. "We just want to continue improving on our races. We're putting ourselves in position to win state."

Focusing on the state tournament seemed to be a key point for most of the teams Saturday.

"Our biggest concern is to get as many athletes available for state," Mountain View coach Brett Andrus said. "We still have a lot of holes."

Despite admitting his team still had a lot to work on, Andrus said he was happy with what he saw out of his boys Saturday. One of those boys sure to have impressed Andrus was Travis Fuller, who took first in both the 3200- and 800-meter runs. At the end of the meet, Fuller was tied with Dixie's Jake Goodrich for boys athlete of the meet. Goodrich took first in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes.