Prep track and field: Ogden runner kicks off state track meet with record
Provo • It did not take long for Ogden's Sarah Feeny to get the 2014 Utah high school state track and field championships at BYU off to an impressive start.
In fact, it took just a little over four minutes and 45 seconds, as the Tiger senior ran the fastest 1,600-meter time ever for a Utah prep girl in the first race Friday of a mammoth two-day meet where 10 team champions and dozens of individual titles will be decided.
Feeny's official time of 4:45.13 does not end her impressive high school career. She still has the 3,200 meters, 800 meters and medley relay to run Saturday before moving on to the University of Utah track team next year.
Her 1,600 time wasn't even a personal best. She recorded a faster indoor time at the Simplot Games in Pocatello earlier this year.
But Feeny had few complaints.
"I was trying to get under 4:45, but I'm still happy," said the Ogden runner, who wasn't seriously challenged by the 4A field. "I was hoping to get a [personal record]."
Feeny said she found it weird running her main event at about 8 a.m., but said that near perfect weather conditions helped her effort.
"There were a couple of splits slower than I was hoping for, but I am so happy," she explained, adding that 'it's good that is over. I can recover for my next race."
In the 5A girls' 1,600, Herriman's Lucy Biles got the Mustangs' hopes of a team title off to a good start with the victory. Herriman won the 4A title a year ago, but moved up a classification this year and is expected to battle Davis for the girls championship.
"I started out pretty slow," she said. "It was hard to keep it up. â¦ I should have started out a little faster."
Herriman earned a second gold medal Friday when junior Amarissa Hawker won the 5A shot put with a 14-foot, 9-inch toss.
"It's not a personal best, but it's still a win," said Hawker, who liked starting early in the meet. "I think I prefer throwing in the morning and getting it over with."
The Sky View boys' team earned two early gold medals to put itself in contention with Connor Mantz turning in the day's best 1600-meter time with a 4:10.47 clocking to win the 4A medal. And junior Bobcat discus thrower Josh Andrus surprised himself by winning the gold.
"It was a solid day," said Andrus. "It was close, but not a personal best. [The team] is doing well. We broke out pretty well today."
Andrew Tyndall of Davis gave the defending 5A champion Darts a good start toward another title by winning the pole vault, though Herriman's Rory Mulitalo showed the Mustangs could challenge with a win in the 5A discus. And Bingham's Andrew Brewer successfully defended his 5A 1,600-meter title, keeping the Miners in contention, as well.
Panguitch's strong young 1A girls' team got off to a quick, large lead as freshman Whitni Orton and sophomore Catania Holman won gold and silver in the 1,600 meters and the Bobcats raced to the medley relay title.
While a number of field events were decided Friday, much of the first day involved heat races to set up Saturday's long day of track and field, a final day when the stands at the BYU track stadium will likely be packed. The day begins at 8 a.m. and it will likely be after 7 p.m. before 10 state team titles, 30 field events and 94 track titles will be decided.
Day 1 highlights
R Ogden's Sarah Feeny sets a Utah girls state record, running the 1,600 meters in 4:45.13.
• The Herriman girls' team and Sky View boys' team each claim a pair of gold medals.
• Panguitch's girls' team takes a big lead in 1A thanks to first- and second-place finishes in the 1,600 and the medley relay title.
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