Prep track and field • Records fall on final day of BYU invitational
Seven years ago, Davis senior Brad Nye was watching from the stands as Alta's Dan Hutson nipped his older brother, Jace, by .05 seconds in setting the 800-meter state record of 1:52.47.
With Jace in the stands Saturday, Brad brought the 800 record to Davis and the crowd to its feet when he clocked a 1:51.89.
"The goal was to run back-to-back 55s, so when I heard 56.3 after the first 400, I was a little disappointed, but I just told myself I had to fly on that last lap," Nye said.
Nye's mark wasn't the only distance record to fall Saturday as Mountain View senior Ashleigh Warner took the lead in the 1,600 with a lap to go and led North Summit's Erica Birk and East's Natalie Shields under Rosie Gardner's state record of 4:51.21, running 4:50.13.
"I just tried to stay behind Natalie, and I didn't really plan on going that early but I felt good and just went for it," Warner said.
Timpview's Lauren Baxter dominated the girls' sprints, winning the 100 (12.29) and 200 (24.91), while Pine View's Jake Arslanian won the 100 (10.85) and 200 (21.66). He also nearly pushed Riverton's Cole Lambourne to a state record in the 400.
Lambourne wasn't happy after a seventh-place finish in the 100, and entered the homestretch of the 400 about a meter behind Arslanian. The Silverwolves senior fought gamely down the stretch to win in 47.76, just off the state mark of 47.01 by Clearfield's Tyler crow. Arslanian ran 48.23.
"The 100 isn't my strongest race, but I don't like getting seventh in anything," Lambourne said.
In the boys' javelin, Jordan freshman Austin Kafentzis missed the state record by less than two inches with a throw of 195 feet, 3.25 inches.
R Ashleigh Warner, Erica Burk and Natalie Shields all run faster than Rosy Gardner's state record of 4:51.21 in the 1,600 meters, which no doubt pleases BYU cross country and track coach Patrick Shane, since all three plus Bingham's Laura Young (4th, 4:56.43) are headed to BYU next fall. Shane says the class is the strongest he's had in 30 years of coaching.
• Woods Cross' Sosina Salima wins the shot put (42 feet), while Wood Cross' Cam Dopp wins the 300-meter hurdles in 38.5.