Brother of Utah State QB shows out in state track and field meet

Colton Barnes wins four state titles at BYU.

(Alex Vejar | The Salt Lake Tribune) Milford junior Colton Barnes, brother of Utah State quarterback Bryson Barnes, finishes the 4x100 relay during the Utah state track and field meet on Saturday, May 18, 2024 at BYU.

Provo • The Barnes brothers can’t do much of anything without competing. Whether it’s on the basketball court of the football field, Bryson, Colton and their other siblings are always looking for the edge and the bragging rights.

On Saturday at BYU, Colton Barnes, a junior at Milford High, added a few state championships in track and field to his resumé.

Barnes won 1A state titles in the 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters, and 4x100-meter relay.

“It feels great, honestly,” Colton Barnes said. “All the extra work I put in, it’s nice for it to pay off.”

Barnes said his brother Bryson was present to watch him compete in the four events. Bryson recently left Utah and committed to Utah State.

Barnes finished with first-place times of 11.50, 23.22, and 51.46 seconds in the 100, 200 and 400, respectively. He anchored the relay team, which finished at 44.65 seconds.

Barnes said he and Bryson were “truck buddies” on the pig farm, which he said they lost about three years ago. He also said he’s been getting recruited by some “small schools,” but is “always open, looking for more.” He’s a wide receiver at Milford.

Corner Canyon junior Jerome Myles made history by breaking a 43-year-old record in the 100-meter dash. His finishing time of 10.36 seconds crushed the one set by Murray’s Brian Hazelgren in 1981 (10.47).

Myles, who is committed to play football at Ole Miss, said he struggled with his start on the 100 all season. So all this past week, he spent two hours after practice working on it, he said. He added that he dropped 10 pounds throughout track season in order to improve his time.

“I’ve been working for the state record all year,” said Myles, who only started running track this season. “Finally got it. Finally.”

Myles also won the 200-meter race.

(Alex Vejar | The Salt Lake Tribune) Corner Canyon junior Jerome Myles wins the 100-meter dash during the Utah state track and field meet on Saturday, May 18, 2024 at BYU. He broke the state record that stood since 1981.

Daniel Simmons, a senior at American Fork who is committed to BYU for track, broke the overall state record in the 1,600 meters — a record he set days earlier. He finished with at time of 4:01.27.

“I felt like I raced my guts out,” Simmons said.

Olympus senior Susie Harris won the 5A 100-meter championship by thousandths of a second. She bested Timpview senior Katie Hutchings. They both finished with official times of 12.42, and it’s unclear by how many thousandths of a second Harris won.

“I didn’t think I won,” said Harris, who has lived in Utah for only a year after a family move.

Highland senior Sabrina Wright’s name came up first on the leaderboard as she, Harris and Hutchings appeared to run through the tape simultaneously. And Harris initially thought Hutchings had gone through the tape first.

“I think the lean saved me,” Harris said. “I did a little lean at the line, and I think that got me first, which is crazy that it came down to something that close.”

Weber sophomore Josh Hamblin broke the state record in the 110-meter hurdles with his time of 13.80 seconds.

“The first half the race felt amazing,” Hamblin said. “So I knew if I just carried out the second half that I was going to get a really good time.”

Hamblin also won the state title in the 300-meter hurdles.