Finally blue skies and sunshine greeted the Region 11 track athletes as they met, May 11-12, at Ben Lomond High School to battle for the Track and Field Championship. It has been several years since region was held at Ben Lomond, but with the new surface on their track and adjustments made to some of their field event areas, they were ready to host the big meet.
The Morgan Girls were looking to go back-to-back as region champs and knew that Bear River would be their main threat. There was a lot of excitement in the stands as the meet began with the 1600M run at 3:30 p.m.. The warmth of the day and the intensity of the region meet brought out the best in the athletes as personal bests were numerous. The stands were also filled with Morgan parents and students and they were being heard. It was just the best track day the teams had seen all year and they made the most of it. At the end of the first day the Morgan girls had scored 48 points to Bear Rivers’ 36 and the Morgan boys had garnered 36. Both scores are large for only the first day of competition. Those who placed in the top eight that first day are listed below.
1600M Emmalee Barajas 4th 5:43.14 Andrea Millburn 5th 5:49.14 PR
Shot Chelsey Stegelmeir 1st 41-03 PR Kassie Nagel 3rd 36-11 PR
Megan Stapley 4th 34-00.25 PR
Kelsey Henry 7th 31-07 Javelin Ashley Garfield 1st 111-05 Kelsey Henry 4th 90-01 Lisa Van Campen 7th 85-05
Long Ashley Garfield 5th 15-05 Jump
Med AJ Bateman 4th 4:44.54
Relay Rebekah Elton, Megan Passey,Laura
Boys High Casey Evans 1st 6-05
Jump Gabe Davis 3rd 5-10 PR Rylan Cox 4th 5-10 PR
Discus Rylan Cox 2nd 138-02 PR Josh Mines 4th 134-11.5 PR
Kyle Stapley 8th 109-11
Med David Glover 4th 4:08.99
Relay Ethan Clark,Trevor Heath,Taylor
The second day of region equaled the first in weather with even more heat for athletes to contend with. But the Morgan Girls kept the pressure on Bear River and the Bears never let up on Morgan. What a battle was waged in every event for the region title. The Morgan boys continued strong in the field events and 110 hurdles but could not place anyone higher than 4th place in the running events.
When the meet was down to the last event, the 4x400m Relay, the Morgan girls knew they had to run a new PR and pull off a first place to assure another 10 points toward the goal of Region Champs. The entire Morgan team was out on the infield to cheer as girls set a new PR for their 4x400 ( 4:12.97- old time 4:17) and brought home the first place medal and hopefully the Region Title. Following the girls the boys took the track and the Morgan boys 4x400m team built on the girls exuberance and ran 3:43.40, their old time was 3:56.75; 13.75 second PR. What a way to end the region meet for both boys and girls.
Now the wait for the final results began as the teams sat in the stands anxiously awaiting the results. Thirty minutes passed and the scores were announce, boys first. Judge 95, Ben Lomond 95, Grantsville 86, Juan Diego 80, Morgan 75, Bear River 62. Then a pause and everyone held their breath as the girls’ scores were announced; Bear River 148, Morgan 144, Judge 101, Juan Diego 70, Ben Lomond 21, Grantsville 11. The enthusiasm that had prevailed at the end of the meet seemed to vanish too quickly with the announcement of the team scores. Oh so close and such a hard fought two days and to have it end in a close loss. But congratulations were given and sportsmanship shown as the teams loaded the buses for home.
Later that night when all data was entered into the computer it was found that the hand totaled scores were inaccurate and that Morgan and Bear River girls had really tied for first with 145 points each. Phones calls were made and the next day at school both teams were told of the real outcome. Back-to-Back Region Champs for the Morgan Girls.
Listed below are the result of the second day;
3200M Emmalee Barajas 4th 12:28.38
100Hurdles Kayla Jackson 3rd 16.82 PR
100M Rachael Johnson 3rd 13.40
200M Ashley Garfield 2nd 26.97 300Hurdles Rashel Blazzard 4th 50.47
Kayla Jackson 5th 50.64 PR
400M Ashley Garfiled 3rd 59.83 Rashel Blazzard 5th 1:01.03 PR
800M Laura Deru 3rd 2:36.85 4x100 Rebekah Elton 4th 53.12
Shannon Criddle, Stephanie Criddle,Chandler Weitzeil
4x400 Ali Peterson 1st 4:12.97 PR Relay
aylor Weitzeil,Rashel Blazzard, Megan Passey
Discus Chelsey Stegelmeir 1st 120-00 Kassie Nagel 4th 96-02 Kelsey Henry 5th 91-11
High Lindsey Miles 1st 5-00 Jump Stephanie Criddle 2nd 5-00 Shannon Criddle 5th 4-10 Rachael Johnson 6th 4-10 Boys
110 Hurdles Casey Evans 1st 6-05 100M Joe kippen 6th 11.88 Kalin Johnson 7th 11.97
400M Kalin Johnson 7th 55.61
4x100 Gabe Davis 4th 46.08
Kalin Johnson, Ethan Clark, Joe Kippen
4x400 Travis Carter 3rd 3:43.40 PR Relay
Kevin Hoffman,Hayden Garfield, Trevor Heath
Long Casey Evans 3rd 20-04.5 PR Jump Gabe Davis 4th 19-00 Joe Kippen 5th 18-11.25 Shot Kyle Stapley 5th 42-02 PR Javelin Casey Evans 4th 145-04 Rylan Cox 8th