Many people heading to the Easter egg hunts on Saturday probably wondered what giant event was going on at the high school. Morgan had been preparing all week to host track and field athletes from 17 different schools in the 2014 Morgan Pocket Change Invitational. The preparation paid off in what turned out to be a very well organized, well run meet.
Head Coach Jamie West said, “I truly feel that the way you host a meet shows a lot about your team.”
The Trojans demonstrated they have a remarkable track and field team headed by dedicated coaches and equally committed athletes.
Overall, the boys took fourth as a team with only three points separating them from third place. The only teams edging them out were from 4A and 5A schools. In track and field, the top eighth athletes in each event score points for the team total.
Athletes in scoring position for Morgan included senior Austin Hopkins, who placed fourth in the 100 meter sprint. Hopkins was followed closely by Chez Stout and Spencer Larsen, who placed fifth and eighth respectively in a field of 54 runners.
In the 400 meter sprint distance, senior Hayden Garfield placed seventh in a field of 44. Garfield also placed eighth in the 110 meter hurdles out of 42 athletes.
In the relay events Morgan tied for first in the 4x100 relay (Austin Francis, Peyton Bailey, Trevor Rose, Hayden Garfield) while placing fifth in the 4x400 relay. The medley relay team took a dominating first with a state qualifying time (Smash Lloyd, Spencer Larsen, Austin Hopkins, Andrew Allen).
In the field events Smash Lloyd placed fifth in the long jump out of 36. Morgan also placed two throwers in the javelin with Dietrich Strueber and Cade Moore taking second and fourth respectively. Kyle Stapley ended in third place in the shot put and fifth place in the discus.
Equally strong, the girls ended up in fifth place overall, placing second in 3A behind Park City. In the 400 meter sprint distance, senior Breanna Hurlbut placed seventh in a field of 37. Britten Duerden placed second in the 100 meter hurdles out of 37. Duerden also placed second in the 300 meter hurdles among 42 competitors. In Duerden’s marquee event, high jump, she did not disappoint, taking home the first place finish once again. Sydnee Wixom placed fifth in the javelin. Chania Nagel placed third in the shot put followed closely by Brooke Pierce, who placed seventh. Nagel also placed first in the discus event. All the relay teams took sixth place across the 4x100, 4x400 and medley events.
Congratulations go to all the athletes who competed in such an exciting meet. A special thanks goes out to all the coaches, volunteers and supporters who organized and ran the incredible event. Morgan can be very proud of the way they were represented on Saturday.