AMERICAN FORK The Spanish Fork girls track team looked untouchable as they dominated the Region 4 Championships on Friday, winning by nearly 80 points.
The Dons got contributions from throughout their team, but rarely do athletes have a day like Springville's Natalie Stewart. Stewart brought home gold in all four of her events, winning the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes and anchoring the first-place 4x100 relay team.
"I have never got first place in all of my events at region before," said Stewart. "It's really exciting."
But Natalie was not the only Stewart who had a great day. Natalie's twin, Nachelle, finished just behind her in the 100, 200 and 400 events and took part in the Dons' second-place 4x400 relay.
After the state championships next week, both Stewart sisters will go on to run for Brigham Young University's team next year.
"It is a great way to go out for us," said Nachelle Stewart. "It has been a great four years. We both want to win when it comes to track, but in life we don't really have much a competition. We just like to push each other."
The Dons also had a great performance on the boys side from senior Chris Norris, who won the 100 and 200 meters with times of 11.01 and 22.44 seconds, respectively.
Spanish Fork was close in the boys meet as well, but it was Timpanogos that took the region title by a narrow margin of 8.5 points.
"I am really happy with them," said Timpanogos coach Brad Molen.
The Timberwolves sealed the victory in the 800 meters when Brandon Davies and Sean Aaron came in first and second, respectively, and Dan Smith finished fourth. Donovan Guerrero also had a great day for Timpanogos, finishing second in the 100 and 200 meters and third in the 400.
Lone Peak's Lacey Cramer followed up Thursday's 1,600-meter win by winning the 800 with a time of 2:15.41. She also anchored Lone Peak's 4x400 team, bringing them from behind to barely beat Spanish Fork.
After winning Thursday's 3,200 meters, Lone Peak freshman Steve Morrin won the 1,600 Friday with a time of 4:39.20. Morrin hopes to get into a good position in the state championships this year, and then just prepare for the three years he still has ahead of him."I am surprised," said Morrin. "I did not know I had it in me. ... I was sore after the 2-mile but I tried to keep a good strategy in this race, and it helped me."