Snow Canyon boys take state in 4A track, Warrior girls place 2nd; other top highlights from state meet

PROVO — The Snow Canyon boys won their third consecutive state track and field championship on Saturday. In the 4A girls meet, Snow Canyon earned the runner-up trophy after placing second to Timpanogos.

Snow Canyon athletes and coaches take a victory lap around the track following the trophy presentations at the UHSAA state track and field championships, Provo, Utah, May 18, 2024 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News

Bolstered by top-level performances in sprints and hurdles, the Warrior boys scored 128 team points, while runner-up Crimson Cliffs finished with 76. Pine View was a close third with 74 points.

The meet, staged at Brigham Young University, attracted more than 3,600 athletes from 134 schools across Utah, spanning all six classifications.

In the 4A girls meet, Timpanogos scored 76 points to earn its second-ever state title, with the Timberwolves’ other one coming in 2021. Meanwhile, Snow Canyon scored 67.83 points to take second place (the Warriors picked up a one-half point and one-third point in two different events that had tied results). The Pine View girls placed third overall with 60.33 points.

“What an honor to coach here in St. George, with so many incredible teams and coaches in our region,” said Snow Canyon head coach Justin Redfeard, who noted that Region 9 saw four teams place among the top five on the boys side, along with and five in the top 10 on the girls side.

“For our boys to three-peat tells you everything you need to know about them,” he added. “They were prepared, confident and fully trusting of their coaches. They did exactly what we expected them to do. We knew going into this year with the dozen or more teams that moved from 5A down to the 4A classification, that our hands would be full to repeat.”

Redfearn also emphasized the Warrior girls’ strong showing.

“Our girls almost pulled it off, losing by just over eight points to Timpanogos,” he said. “I was so impressed by how well all of our young ladies competed in every event. We are young and I have no doubt that they will be motivated to improve their finish for next year.”

Following are selected highlights from the state championships, with emphasis on top-three finishes by Southern Utah athletes and schools.

4A boys

Although Snow Canyon had already amassed enough points to clinch the state title earlier in the afternoon, its 4×400 relay team consisting of Matt Maclennan, Semaj Thompson, Benjamin Judd and Trevor Gough put an exclamation point on the Warriors’ highly successful day at the track.

Snow Canyon athletes and coaches pose atop podium after receiving their medals for winning the 4×400 relay in a new 4A state record time of 3:18.50, Provo, Utah, May 18, 2024 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News

The foursome won Saturday’s last race in a blistering time of 3:18.50, breaking a state record that had stood for exactly 33 years (Viemont set the previous 4A record of 3:18.65 on May 18, 1991). The Warriors won Saturday afternoon’s race by almost six seconds, as second-place Cedar finished in 3:24.78.

“We came in with (a seed time) of like 3:22,” Gough told reporters afterward. “I saw that time up there, we beat it by about four seconds, and I was like wow, that’s kind of crazy.”

Near the beginning of the day, Maclennan won the 110-meter hurdles in 13.98 seconds, breaking his own 4A state record of 14.00 that he set at the Region 9 meet at Pine View. Thompson took second in the 110 hurdles with a time of 14.45, while Crimson Cliffs senior Austin Eaton finished third in 14.46 and Snow Canyon’s Gough placed fifth in 14.78.

Later, in the 300 hurdles, it was Gough’s turn to earn a spot atop the medals podium, winning the race in a personal best time of 36.87. Thompson took second in that event with a time of 37.51, while Maclennan placed third in 38.14.

Also in the 300 hurdles, Cedar’s McKoy Smith placed fourth, while Crimson’s Eaton and Caiden Garcia-Casey took fifth and sixth, respectively.

Crimson Cliffs athletes pose with 4A boys second-place trophy at the UHSAA state track and field championships, Provo, Utah, May 18, 2024 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News

Crimson’s Austin Eaton won the long jump with a leap of 23 feet, 0.25 inches, with Snow Canyon’s Maclennan placing second with a mark of 22 feet, 6.25 inches. Three other Region 9 athletes rounded out the top five in that event, namely Cedar senior Jake Storie, Desert Hills junior Cyrus Polu and Crimson senior Brody Giles, in order.

Crimson Cliffs edged Snow Canyon in the 4×100 relay, with the Mustangs anchor Tyler West crossing the finish line in a winning time of 41.74 seconds, while the second-place Warriors finished in 41.82.

Earlier, Tyler West had won the 100-meter dash in a time of 10.64 seconds, while Snow Canyon senior William West (no relation to Tyler) took third in 10.87.

William West also placed second in the 200 with a time of 22.05. Taking fourth in that event was Crimson Cliffs junior Malakai Alofipo, who’d also placed fourth in the 100.

Senior Ammon York of Cedar won the 400 in a personal best time of 49.10.

Pine View junior Bridger Jaggi won the 800-meter run on Saturday with a time of 54.14. He also placed fifth in the 1600. The previous day, Jaggi had placed third overall in the 3200-meter run with a time of 9:29.35.

The 1600-meter run featured an exciting finish, with senior James Butterfield of Snow Canyon moving from about fourth or fifth place into first with one lap to go. However, Mountain View’s Kyle Steadman ended up edging Butterfield at the finish line by 0.02 of a second (4:12.66 to 4:12.68). Even so, the gutsy finish marked a new personal best time for Butterfield, by more than four seconds.

First-place winner Teancum Jensen of Pine View throws the shot put at the UHSAA state track and field championships, Provo, Utah, May 18, 2024 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News

Pine View seniors Teancum Jensen and Colton Sam Fong placed a respective first and second in two different throwing events. Jensen won the discus with a top throw of 169 feet, four inches, while Sam Fong placed second with a mark of 156-5. Two other Pine View throwers, senior Brodie Swensen and sophomore Ethan Sam Fong, placed fifth and sixth, respectively.

In the shot put, Jensen’s winning throw of 54 feet, 3.5 inches narrowly edged runner-up Colton Sam Fong’s top throw of 54 feet, 1.75 inches.

Snow Canyon junior Joseph Smith was the top Region 9 finisher in the javelin, placing second overall. His top mark of 177 feet, 5 inches was 18 inches shy of Treysen Colmenares of Uintah’s winning mark. Austin Crosby, Smith’s senior teammate at Snow Canyon, placed fourth in the javelin with a throw of 173 feet exactly.

Crimson sophomore Eli Connelly placed second in the high jump, clearing 6 feet, 6 inches. Snow Canyon senior Owen Iloa (6 feet, 4 inches) and Crimson senior Kayden Lister (6 feet, 2 inches) placed a respective third and fourth in that event.

On Friday, the Snow Canyon boys won the 4×200 relay in a time of 1:27.57, edging runner-up Cedar (1:28.76) by just over a second.

Also, Pine View won the 4×800 relay in a time of 7:54.96. Desert Hills placed fourth in three different relay events.

Top 5 team scores, 4A boys

  1. Snow Canyon, 128.
  2. Crimson Cliffs, 76.
  3. Pine View, 74.
  4. Mountain View, 60.
  5. Cedar, 45.

4A girls

For the second straight year, Snow Canyon sophomore Amelia Nadauld won four individual gold medals at state.

Snow Canyon sophomore Amelia Nadauld won four gold medals at state for the second year in a row, Provo, Utah, May 18, 1024 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News

Nadauld won the 100-meter dash in a time of 12.08 seconds, with Desert Hills junior Lucy Harris placing second in 12.33 and Pine View sophomore Ashley Leavitt taking third in 12.44.

Nadauld also won the 300 hurdles in a time of 42.58, with Harris of Desert Hills coming in a close second in 42.82. In addition, Nadauld won the long jump with a personal best mark of 18 feet, 7.5 inches.

Nadauld’s fourth and final win came in the 200, which she won in 24.47, with Pine View junior Jade Reimer taking fourth in 25.26. In between them were two runners from Park City.

“Going into the 200 final, Amelia was absolutely exhausted and a little sore from all the trials and finals of each event over two days but she said, ‘Don’t worry, I got this’ as she left to go check in for that final even,” said coach Redfearn, who added, “I am so impressed with her ability to focus in and do what she wants her body to do as she performs.”

Harris won the 100 hurdles in a time of 14.73 seconds, with Pine View junior Tori Conrad taking third in 15.26.

Harris also anchored the Thunder’s winning 4×100 relay, which finished in 47.78, while second-place Park City finished in 48.44.

Pine View’s Conrad and Crimson Cliffs senior Alexa Basile took a respective second and third place in the high jump on Friday, with both athletes clearing 5 feet, 4 inches. Winning the event  was sophomore Sadie Steward of Sky View, who cleared 5 feet, 8 inches.

Pine View sophomore Emmalee Williams was Region 9’s top female distance runner at state, placing fifth overall in the 800 and sixth in the 1600.

Kiara Hansen, a senior at Cedar, won the discus with a personal best throw of 138 feet, 1 inch. Her winning effort came on her second attempt.

“I was very relaxed,” said Hansen of her winning throw. She also finished fourth in the shot put.

Lucy Harris of Desert Hills wins the 4A girls 100-meter hurdles, Provo, Utah, May 18, 2024 | Photo by Jacqui Knighton, St. George News

Snow Canyon junior Kennedy Scott placed second in the shot put with a top throw of 38 feet, 10 inches.

Taking third in discus was Hurricane’s Matilyn Dotson, whose top mark measured 127 feet, 3 inches.

Two other throwers from Hurricane captured the top two spots in the javelin, with Katie Elison winning with a mark of 125 feet, 5 inches and Kate Carter placing second in 122 feet, 3 inches. Taking third was Snow Canyon senior Ashlee Harris, who threw 118 feet, 2 inches.

Desert Hills also placed second in the 4×200 relay, while Cedar took third in that event.

Top 5 team scores, 4A girls

  1. Timpanogos, 76.
  2. Snow Canyon, 67.83.
  3. Pine View, 60.33.
  4. Orem, 58.
  5. Park City, 54.

3A girls

The Canyon View girls placed second overall among 3A teams at state, with the Falcons’ 88.5 points coming just 5.5 points behind state champion Union’s total of 94.

Canyon View senior Gabriele Dabb and her older sister Larissa Dabb, who went on to run track at Utah Valley University, Provo, Utah, May 18, 2024 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News

Canyon View senior sprinter Gabriele Dabb came away with four gold medals, winning three individual events and anchoring the 4×100 relay.

Dabb’s first-place finishes came in the 100-, 200-, 400-meter dashes. In the 4×100, she followed teammates Averi Pace, Kinzlee Brindley and Harmony Lopez in posting a time of 49.02.

Immediately after fourth and final win of the day, Dabb told St. George News she was especially happy to end her high school career with a personal best time in the 400.

“I ended up breaking the school record, running a 56.4,” she said, adding, “I’m very happy and so excited to go to college with that time.”

Standing next to her during the interview was her older sister, former Canyon View star sprinter Larissa Dabb, who expressed how proud she was of her sibling.

“I knew that she was going to break into the 56s,” Larissa Dabb added. “That record used to be mine but it’s been broken since then. And then Gabi just freaking killed it. She did so awesome. She executed it literally so perfectly.”

Larissa Dabb added that Gabriele has just recently signed to run track for Utah Valley University, just as she herself had done five years ago.

“I just graduated from UVU after being there for five years and so I’ll just barely miss having her as a teammate, but I’m so excited for her,” Larissa Dabb said.

Also winning individual events at state for Canyon View were Jordan Davenport (discus) and Lopez (300 hurdles).

Top 5 team scores, 3A girls

  1. Union, 94.
  2. Canyon View, 88.5.
  3. Delta, 69.
  4. Emery, 67.
  5. Morgan, 43.

3A boys

Canyon View senior Qwentyn Petty won the 200 in 22.06, with teammate Asher Groft taking fourth. Petty also finished fourth in the long jump, while Groft took second in the 40.

Canyon View’s Qwentyn Petty crosses the finish line in first place in the 3A boys 200, Provo, Utah, May 18, 2024 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News

Others earning medals for Canyon View included distance runner Logan Hadley and discus thrower Jared Sowards. The Falcons ended up in fourth place as a team.

Also for the Falcons, junior Thomas Daniels placed second in the 3200-meter run on Friday with a time of 9:42.75. On Saturday, Thomas placed third in the 1600 and eighth in the 800.

Top 5 team scores, 3A boys

  1. Morgan, 102.5.
  2. Juab, 87.
  3. Union, 82.
  4. Canyon View, 79.
  5. Summit Academy, 58.

2A girls

Kanab sophomore Kenidee Glazier placed second in the 3200-meter run, posting a time of 10:55.96. Winning the race for the second straight year was Grand County’s Cadence Kasprick, who finished in 10:42.31. On Saturday, Kasprick and Glazier duplicated their same order of finish in both the 1600 and the 800.

Top 5 team scores, 2A girls

  1. North Summit, 130.
  2. North Sevier, 121.
  3. Grand County, 101.
  4. Millard, 67.
  5. American Heritage, 34.

2A boys

Beaver athletes hold up the 2A boys first-place trophy at the UHSAA state track and field championships, Provo, Utah, May 18, 2024 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News

The Beaver boys ended a 30-year drought in boys track state titles, despite taking first in just one event: senior Baylor Blackburn won the 100-meter dash. The Beavers still picked up plenty of points by medaling in various events. Senior Jason Kerksiek placed third in both the 800 and the 1600 and fourth in the 3200, while fellow senior Taggart Harris took second in both shot put and discus and third in javelin.

Beaver ended up with 80 team points to runner-up Millard’s 75. Third-place Kanab finished with 70.

Top 5 team scores, 2A boys

  1. Beaver, 80.
  2. Millard, 75.
  3. Kanab, 70.
  4. North Summit, 64.
  5. San Juan. 49.

1A girls

The Panguitch girls saw their winning streak of 10 consecutive state titles snapped by the Rich Rebels. Rich scored 193 team points to runner-up Panguitch’s 158.

The Bobcats’ top point earner was senior Tabi Henrie, who placed first in the 400, 800, and 1600, in addition to taking second in high jump. Also for Panguitch, freshman Annie Yardley placed second in the 400, 800 and 3200, plus fifth in the 1600.

Top 5 team scores, 1A girls

  1. Rich, 193.
  2. Panguitch, 158.
  3. Valley, 70.
  4. Manila, 37.
  5. Monticello, 26.

1A boys 

Colton Barnes of Milford edges Panguitch’s Daxton Miller at the finish line of the 1A boys 100-meter dash, May 18, 2024 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News

The Panguitch boys won their fourth straight state title by accumulating points in every event except for the shot put. The Bobcats racked up 30 points in the 110 hurdles alone, boasting five of the top six finishers. Senior Tyler Cox won both the 110 and 300 hurdles, while junior Daxton Miller placed first in javelin, second in both the high jump and the 100, and third in the 200.

For runner-up Milford, senior Colton Barnes won the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes, in addition to anchoring the winning 4×100 relay for the Tigers.

Top 5 team scores, 1A boys

  1. Panguitch, 147.
  2. Milford, 100.
  3. Monticello, 84.
  4. Valley, 65.
  5. Altamont, 64.

Other highlights

Corner Canyon junior Jerome Myles set an all-time state record in winning the 6A boys 100-meter dash. His time of 10.36 was 0.11 faster than the previous state record. All nine finishers in that race came in at under 11 seconds.

And in the last race of the day, another all-time state record was set by the 6A American Fork girls in the 4×400. The Lady Cavemen posted a time of 3:46.56, winning the race by more than nine seconds.

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