SYRACUSE One quest has driven Ada Robinson at Viewmont this spring. The Vikings high jumper, more than anything, wants to break the 6-foot barrier before her senior season concludes.
Robinson came into the Utah High School Track Coaches Invitational hoping to gain a least an inch toward that goal. When she left Syracuse High, Robinson walked away as owner of the state's best mark in the event this season.
She cleared a height of 5 feet and 9 1/2 inches 5 1/2 inches ahead of her closest competitor to win the event on Saturday. Robinson's jump ranks second best nationally at the high school level in 2008.
"The whole thing just felt perfect," Robinson said, describing her winning jump. "It just felt smooth and perfect."
Robinson added 1 1/2 inches to her personal record at the UHSTCA Invitational while battling through a lingering thigh injury. The thigh didn't bother her as much as at earlier meets because of a rare convergence of sunshine and warm temperatures.
"This is the first good-weather meet we have had," Robinson said.
Skyline distance runner Rachel Webb enjoyed a strong day as well. The Eagles senior captured first in the 1,600 meters with a time of 5 minutes and 15.04 seconds and also finished on top in the 800 with a time of 2 minutes and 20.19 seconds.
Both victories added another satisfying chapter to her comeback story. Webb put most of her focus into qualifying for state in the 1,600. Her efforts paid off with a season-best time in the event.
"I just wanted to go for time," Webb said. "I didn't expect to get first, but (winning) was just cool."
Riverton senior Trevor Sharp swept the same events on the boys side. The Silverwolves distance runner won the 800 with a time of 1 minute and 59.60 seconds. He earned a victory in the 1,600 with a time of 4 minutes and 27.40 seconds.
Sharp found some redemption in Saturday's results after feeling disappointed with his performance at the ASICS Invitational a week earlier. He had hoped to trim off a couple of more seconds in the 1,600 but was pleased with getting under two minutes for the 800.
"I wasn't happy with how I did last week," Sharp said. "So I tried to focus a lot on this one to try and kind of make up for last week."
Riverton capitalized on the absence of several top players from Davis who were competing at the Arcadia Invitational in California this weekend to finish as the top boys team and top girls team at the UHSTCA Invitational.
The Silverwolves scored 108 points on the girls side, well ahead of the Darts' tally of 69 points. It was a much closer margin with the boys, where Riverton finished with 78 points compared to 72 for Bingham.Cottonwood sprinter Marcus Payne was named outstanding boys athlete after winning the 100 and 200 meters. Taylorsville sprinter Dominique Thompson swept the same events to claim outstanding girls athlete honors.