PROVO — During the opening day of the girls state track and field meet, Lone Peak and Herriman both showed their respective dominance.
Lone Peak dominated the distance events on the track, while Herriman showed its dominance in the shot put and javelin.
The result is a 55-51 lead for Lone Peak over Herriman heading into the second day of competition on Saturday, where Lone Peak will be the big favorite with similar depth in the remaining six individual events on the track.
Leading the way for Lone Peak was senior Ali Bybee, who held off freshman little sister Katie Bybee to win the 800 meters. Teammates Mackenzie Meldrum and Eliza Arrington finished fifth and sixth as the Knights collected 25 team points in one event.
“It was fun, kind of nostalgic 'cause of my last little bit on the track,” said Ali Bybee, who was a key member of Lone Peak’s state title team a year ago.
Having her little sister push her every day this year has made it a special year.
“She makes sure I go to sleep early, she makes sure I eat the right stuff,” joked Ali Bybee.
Earlier in the meet Lone Peak had three athletes finish in the top eight of the 3,200 meters, which was won by Westlake’s Abby Jensen with a strong time of 10:50.10.
Herriman collected 42 of its 46 points on Thursday in just two events — shot put and javelin.
Herriman’s Make Taufa won the shot put with a throw of 41’04.75, while teammates Kaylee Jensen, Jaylyn VanDyke and Lako Latu all finished in the top six.
In the javelin, Weber’s Alyssa Hansen won with a time of 129’00.75, but Herriman’s Libby Parkinson, Olivia Madsen and Marin Freeland all played in the top eight to earn points for the Mustangs.
Other individual champs in 6A were Copper Hills’ Camilla Andam, who won the long jump with the second-best mark in the state this year at 18’10, and Layton’s Pele Fa in the discus.
While Lone Peak should have no problem running away with its second-straight state title on Saturday, the 5A title is very much up in the air.
Provo, Corner Canyon and Box Elder are all in the mix for the state title, and nothing changed on Thursday.
Box Elder leads after the first day after collecting points in all four field events, but the strength of Corner Canyon and Provo is on the track with all those finals coming on Saturday.Comment on this story
Box Elder’s Morgan Reeder won the javelin to claim valuable points for her team, while Maezzi Mund earned an important second-place finish in the shot put and Jenna Mortensen a third-place finish in the high jump.
Highland’s Lili Fifita won the shot put, Jordan’s Maja Biggs won the high jump and Olympus’ Taygin DeHart won the long jump.
Provo’s Meghan Hunter finished with the top qualifying time in the 100, 200 and 400 meters, including tying for the best time in the 100 meters in the state this year.