Provo • Riverton used incredible depth in the 200- and 400-meter runs Saturday to dethrone three-time defending boys’ 5A Utah track champion Davis, as the Silverwolves edged southwest Salt Lake County rival Herriman for the title.
Riverton’s Clay Lambourne, Michael Bluth, Brandon Walker, Alec Abercombie and McKay Christensen swept five of the first six spots in the 400 meters. Bluth, Lambourne and Walker finished second through fourth in the 200 meters.
Boys’ state track & field highlightsSky View’s Connor Mantz sets 4A records in the 3,200- and 1,600-meter races.
» Woods Cross’ Cam Dopp earns individual titles in both hurdles events and 400 meters and another gold in a relay to lead Wildcats to 4A title.
» Jordan junior Austin Kafentzis, who has signed to play quarterback for Wisconsin, tosses the javelin 206 feet, 9 inches, to win the 5A title.
» Kanab’s Daven Russell wins the 2A discus and shot put titles.
» American Fork’s Jonah Trinnaman runs the fastest 100-meter time, in 10.73 seconds.
Boys’ team titles
5A » Riverton
4A » Woods Cross
3A » Desert Hills
2A » Grand
1A » Panguitch
Those two big events gave the Silverwolves a close victory over Herriman. The Mustangs’ Kyle Strauss and Andrew Lingwall finished first and second in both hurdles events, while Andre James won the shot put and Rory Mulitalo captured the discus to keep Herriman in the running until late in the day.
On a long sun-drenched day before thousands of fans, the colorful state meet featured the drama of individual competition coupled with fights for team championships in five classifications.
The weekend’s biggest individual male star was Sky View junior Connor Mantz, who ran a Class 4A-record time of 8:57.99 in the 3,200 meters Saturday to go with his state mark in the 1,600 meters Friday.
"I was planning on going out slower and trying to kick it in more at the end, but I felt good and didn’t want to go and start slowing down," he said. "I have done that in a race when you go out too fast and slow down on purpose to keep up your endurance. It is harder to go a little faster."
Mantz was challenged for top individual honors by Woods Cross’ Cam Dopp, who won both hurdles events and the 400 meters. The senior picked up a fourth gold medal in the 4x400 relay, the last race of the day. His effort allowed the Wildcats to defend their state title despite a strong showing by Sky View.
"It was an eventful day," said Dopp, who will attend BYU after serving an LDS Church mission in Eugene, Ore. "It was quite tiring. After the [300-meter hurdles], I knew that I was exhausted. I was tired, frustrated and fatigued. I wasn’t as tired as I thought I would be for the 4x400. … Four medals. I am excited about it. That’s a good thing to put on your résumé."
Jordan junior Austin Kafentzis, one of the state’s best-known athletes as a Wisconsin-bound quarterback, didn’t disappoint in capturing the javelin title with a toss of 206 feet, 9 inches.
"It went all right," said Kafentzis. "Everyone got off some good throws. It was a good competition. Everyone was kind of able to just throw in a great atmosphere with a lot of cheering. It was a good experience."
Asked if this might be his last prep track meet because he may be going to Wisconsin for spring football next year, the Jordan star said he would like to come back to participate in the BYU Invitational and region meets and try to qualify next year if it is possible. He would like to throw the javelin in college.
In another featured race, American Fork’s Jonah Trinnaman earned the unofficial title of fastest boy in the state with his 100-meter time of 10.73 seconds.
Grand used wins in the 1,600 and 3,200 meters by Jacob Francis and a one-two finish in the 300 hurdles by Andy Bathemess and Jordan Bryant to capture the 2A championship.
Desert Hills successfully defended its 3A title, with high jumper Chandler Swaney and discus thrower Blake Kvarfordt leading the way.
Panguitch used superior depth, a discus win by Tyce Barney and a second-place effort in the javelin by Barney to defend its 1A championship.
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