State track: Ogden aims for title despite lack of overall depth
Provo • The three rings on the hands of Don Hall conspicuous.
There is the gaudy one, from the state title Ogden High rang up this year in cross country. There is the sparkling reminder from his championship team in 1999. Not to be overlooked, the 2009 track and field title ring rests on his left pinky finger.
That leaves plenty of room for this year and his girls team, which heads into Saturday's final day at the state track meet at BYU as favorites in the most unique of ways.
If the Tigers win the Class 3A title, they will do so on the strength of their distance team and not much else. There is no thrower, hurdler nor sprinter expected to win any points.
"That certainly puts some pressure on us to go out and have our best races," sophomore Sarah Feeny said. "We think we can do it, we just have to perform."
On Friday, Ogden took its first steps toward winning it all. Feeny, who missed significant time over the winter due to a growth plate injury, won the 1,600 meter run with a time of 4:59.28. Senior Jamie Stokes, who will run at Weber State next season, finished second.
The two are expected to take first and second in both the 800 and 3,200 meter races on Saturday. Avery Calton, Jessica Sams and Melissa Garrett are expected to place in those races and the 1,600. The Tigers are expected to win up to 25 points in those three events.
On Friday, Ogden also won the medley relay, and that's another 10 points. Perform as expected, and the Tigers could hoist the trophy for the first time in four seasons.
But a few slips would mean the door is open for somebody like Park City, or defending champion Cedar, to win it all.
"We are projected to score 80 points and if we can do that, it may be enough," Hall said. "There are other great teams out there, but none of them are projected to score that many."
In all, the Tigers qualified eight in the 1,600, seven in the 800 and six in the 3,200. Those numbers have the potential to yield a ton of points, which could make the lack of depth in other areas a moot point.
State track meet
Day 2 of competition
Saturday, 8 a.m. at BYU