Prep boys' track: Kafentzis leads Jordan sweep of throwing golds
Provo • Make it two in a row for Austin Kafentzis.
The standout sophomore quarterback on the Jordan football team used his arm strength to secure his second consecutive Class 5A state championship in the javelin Saturday at the state meet.
His throw of 179 feet was more than enough to earn him the win, but he entered the competition with higher hopes. Kafentzis holds the state record of 199 feet, 5 inches, and he wanted to be the first one to crack the 200 feet mark Saturday. A host of factors at BYU, including bad weather, made an impact on his ability to throw, but he made no excuses.
"It's all about the mindset," he said. "You have to be in the right place at the right time. I just wasn't all the way there. I should have practiced a little better this week and worked on better technique. I'm going to work for it next year and get better.
Kafentzis credits the strength program at his school as well as his teammates, who always provide good competition.
"It's fun throwing against [them] in practice," he said. "Everyone's working together, and we're always competing. That's what helps us to get better."
Christian Shaver took fifth to join his teammate Kafentzis on the podium. But Shaver's main event was the discus, where his throw of 165 feet, 1 inch earned him the state championship Friday.
Lavontae Calhoun won the shot put to complete the Beetdiggers' sweep of the throwing events.
But it was Davis that left with the team title to complete the sweep, the same day the school won its third straight girls' title. The Darts won two of the three relays (medley and 400), and Marcus Daley defended his title in the long jump.
Foreign exchange student Jacopo Spano, a junior at Woods Cross, might need a bigger bag when he returns to Italy. He won four titles Saturday (100, 200, long jump and 400 relay) to help the Wildcats bring home the 4A team title.
Desert Hills senior Brad Wulfenstein proved nothing would stand in his way by capturing the 3A title in both hurdles events. His finish helped carry the Thunder to the team title. Stansbury's Dallin Diderickson failed to qualify for the finals in the sprints last year, and he wasn't happy about it. He said he's taken his running more seriously over the last year and worked harder than before. The extra dedication paid off. He won the 100 and 200, and anchored the Stallions' championship 400 relay squad.
Park City star Ben Saarel ended his prep career in style. After setting the state record in the 1,600 on Friday, he did the same thing in the 800 with a time of 1 minute, 51.13 seconds to barely scratch by his old record of 1:51.91.
Richfield dominated on its way to the 2A team title, while Panguitch won the 1A championship.