Led by a near-personal record by track phenom Natalie Stewart from Spanish Fork, Utah track stars held their own against the region's best in the Great Southwest Classic Saturday in Albuquerque, N.M.
Stewart tore up the field in the 400-meter dash, finishing in 53.55 seconds, and that was only part of her amazing day in New Mexico. She also won the 4x800-meter relay in 9:05.61, placed fourth in the 4x100 with a 46.73 and had a fourth-place 11.9-second 100-meter dash Stewart was responsible for 32 Utah points.
Also, twin sister Nachelle won the 800-meter run in 2:12:06. Bountiful's Nichole Knighton won the hammer throw with a distance of 136 feet, 7 inches and Candus Aiello of Riverton took fifth with a throw of 87-8.
Other scorers for Utah:
GIRLS: Natalie Haws (Davis) and Lacey Cramer (Lone Peak) in the 2,000-meter steeplechase, Tiffany Hellstrom (Bonneville) in the javelin, Knighton in the shot put, Elli McMillan (Judge) in the triple jump, Angela Kaplar (Lone Peak) and Shaye Maurer (Cedar) in the 100-meter high hurdles, Hailey Knettles (Judge) in the 1,500, Alyssa Hansen (Hillcrest) in the 300-meter hurdles and Haws (Davis) in the 3,200.BOYS: Mountain View's Travis Fuller was the lone winner, finishing the 1,500-meter run in 4:05.55. A strong last lap helped the Bruins' star seal the deal in the event. Other scorers included: Josh Shrewbury (Kearns) in the 2,000-meter steeplechase, Spencer Fausett (Spanish Fork) and Russ Nelson (Juab) in the javelin, Bryce Hall (Davis) in the hammer throw and the shot put, Jon Goble (Fremont) in the 110-meter high hurdles, Gorden Garrett (Grand), Marcus Payne (Cottonwood) and Tyler Goodwin (Timpview) in the 100-meter dash, the 4x100 relay consisting of Garrett, Payne, Goodwin and Ryan Avery (Davis), Jeff Daw (Skyline) in the 400-meter dash, and Garrett and Matt White (Fremont) in the 200-meter dash.