Provo • Few high school athletic events offer the kind of variety, pageantry and drama as track and field. Athletes race not only for individual medals but to help their teams capture titles.
The Utah State meet kicks off at 8 a.m. Friday at the BYU track with the girls 1600 meters finals followed by the boys’ 1600 meters.
Before it ends around 6:30 p.m. Saturday, 10 state team championships and 160 individual medals in all five classifications will be awarded as some of Utah’s top athletes compete.
Among the individuals to watch this weekend, Davis High’s Trevor Leavitt, who set the state record in the 400 meters earlier this year on this same track, and Jordan javelin ace Austin Kafentzis should rank near the top.
Ogden distance runner Sarah Feeny comes into the meet at the state record holder in the 1,600 meters while Panguitch’s Whittni Orton and Catania Holman should challenge each other for supremacy in the 1A 3,200-meter event.
Expect American Fork’s Jonah Trinnaman to be close to the 100-meter state record when he runs while Bear River shot putter Terrell Womak will be among the dozens of athletes worth watching.
Team competition should be close in some competitions, though Davis’ girls and boys come into the meet as definite 5A favorites.
Herriman, led by a contingent of strong distance runners, will be back to defend its girls’ 4A title while Woods Cross should receive a strong challenge from Sky View for the 4A girls team title.
In 3A, Desert Hills’ boys and Park City’s girls will be strong bets to defend their titles. Richfield is the defending 2A boys’ champion but could get some strong competition from Grand County, Kanab and San Juan. North Summit’s girls will be favored to repeat as 2A champions, though Millard could be in the mix. And Panguitch’s girls and boys should be the 1A favorites.
For a complete schedule of events, log on to UHSAA.org.