Prep track: Davis’ Leavitt sets 5A 400-meter record at BYU Invitational
Prep track • Davis High’s Leavitt thanks teammates for pushing him to 47-second time in the 400-meter finals.
Published: May 6, 2014 08:38AM
Updated: May 4, 2014 10:02AM
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Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune Davis High School's Andrew Tyndall competes in pole vault at the BYU Invitational high school track & field meet in Provo Saturday May 3, 2014. Tindall took first in 3A-5A.

Provo • Trevor Leavitt didn’t step into the runner’s blocks Saturday looking for personal accolades. He didn’t shoot out of the gate in the 400-meter finals seeking personal bests. The scrappy senior from Davis High, who looks more like a pugilist than a sprinter, was running for his team.

Punching his arms as he took the first turn, Leavitt thought of his teammates and the work they had done entering the 2014 BYU Invitational. The countless training hours were paying dividends as Leavitt pulled away from the pack. Slashing through the final turn, Leavitt drove himself across the finish line.

Pulling the finish tape off his waist, Leavitt looked to the scoreboard and raised his arms in victory. Falling to his knees, he hugged the track with a new 5A state record — 47 seconds flat.

“All of the hard work to get to this point is for my teammates,” Leavitt said. “They wanted me to do it more than I wanted it for myself. I just wanted to make them proud.”

Participating in four races, Leavitt’s efforts helped Davis earn top honors in the 3A-5A bracket. Desert Hills and Sky View finished second and third, respectively. The last major meet before state, most of the athletes were using this tournament as a proving ground for the state championship.

Ogden’s Sarah Feeny ran the perfect 1600-meter race. Her braided ponytail trotted in step with her compact steps as she charged for the 4:51.28 win. Holding the state record, Feeny said her performance will motivate her at the state championships.

“I was going for a personal best but it’s good to know what I need to do to be ready for state,” Feeny said. “I’ll be ready because once the gun goes off, I know that I just need to do it.”

American Fork Jonah Trinnaman didn’t have a smile on his face after winning the 100 meters. He wanted to shatter the 5A state record but fell short with a 10.68 time. Trinnaman said Saturday’s competition was intense and credited his competitors for pushing him for the top time.

“There are some fast boys out here — you really have to be on your ‘A’ game,” Trinnaman said. “I’m excited for state. Let’s see if I can pull something out of my sleeve and get the job done.”

Shot-putter Terrell Womack doesn’t embrace the chaos when stepping into the circle. The Bear River senior fights to keep her nerves at bay by simply trying to find three perfect breaths.

“If I stress too much, I don’t perform well,“ Womack said. “The competition was amazing today. I’m glad I could compete against Marley [Fakahua]—she pushed me all day.”

Womack won with a throw of 39-05.50. Fakahua, of Cedar High, took second.

Saturday’s highlights

• Davis High’s boys and girls sweep the titles for 3A-5A classes.

• Davis High’s Trevor Leavitt sets a new 5A state record in the 400m with a 47-second sprint.

• The North Summit girls and the Kanab boys are the 1A-2A title winners.