May 18-19, 2012, was the weekend for the State Championships in Track and Field at the BYU Track Complex in Provo. With the strength shown by the Morgan girls at the Region 11 meet a week earlier, there was great anticipation for some good things to happen for many different girls at the state meet. It didn’t take long for those results to start coming.
Junior Kassie Nagel competed on Friday morning in the girls shot and with her throw of 39-7.50 was crowned the state champion for 3A. Later that day the girls medley relay--consisting of Ali Peterson, Kayla Jackson, Megan Passey and Breann Hurlbut--ran a PR (personal record) time of 4:32.93 to place 10th overall. Senior Kelsey Henry, in the javelin, threw a 108-2.5 and captured eighth place.
On the boys’ side, senior high jumper Gabe Davis, who has been very consistent in his senior year of jumping, posted a jump of 6-02 for 5th place. The weather was off and on rain and at times high winds which made competing in some events much more difficult.
Saturday the athletes were greeted with sunshine and warmer weather which made them all feel a lot better than on Friday and all the rain and cold. The events started with Kyle Stapley in the boys shot hefting a PR 43-4.75 for 11th. Then came the girls’ 100 hurdles where freshman Britten Duerden had made the finals but in her heat hit the second hurdle and went down and jogged to a 9th place finish. She was scrapped but not seriously injured. Sophomore Chandler Weitzeil, followed in the 100m where she ran 12.98 and placed 5th. Then the girls 4x100 Relay, with Ali Peterson, Breann Hurlbut, Megan Passey and Chandler Weitzeil turned in a PR 51.49 and ran to a 6th place finish. Breann Hurlbut, using the 4x100 to get her warmed up, posted a great 59.00 PR in the 400m to take 4th place. Junior Kayla Jackson then ran in the 300 hurdle finals and with a best time (PR) 48.85 was awarded 9th place. Kassie Nagel and Kelsey Henry competed in the girls’ discus and both made the finals. Kassie hoped to repeat her state championship ways of Friday but feel a little short with a throw of 116-10.25 for second. Kelsey PR’d with 110-4.5 and came in 6th. Sophomore speedster Chandler Weitzeil ran in the 200m finals and was 3rd with her PR of 26.44. Britten Duerden, with a purple rap just below the right knee covering a scrape from the hurdle fall earlier, did not let that bother her as she competed in a hotly contested girls high jump. The top four girls all jumped personal bests and the fans enjoyed one of the best jumping competitions of the meet. The final results saw Britten in second with her best ever 5-07 and the girl from Union going 5-08 a PR to win. All that was left was the 4x400 Relays for both boys and girls and the state meet was history. The girls ran first, with Laura Deru, Peyton Lish, Megan Passey and Breann Hurlbut posted another PR 4:11.17 for 9th place. The boys’ team followed, consisting of Travis Carter, Seth Marsden, Tanner Reese, and Hayden Garfield. For the last three meets this team has been dropping time and getting faster. The last race of the 2012 year was no exception, with each boy running a PR 400 split, the team cut two seconds off their time and posted a 3:35.32 and placed 11th.
With the state meet coming to a close, the coaches and athletes were able to look back at a good 2012 season with many fine accomplishments and much personal growth on the Morgan High School Track Team. The coaches would like to thank the team members for their hard work and the parents for the untiring support shown their athletes.