Months of training and competing culminate Friday and Saturday with the 3A-4A high school track and field state championship meet at Brigham Young University.
Weber will be trying to defend its titles in both the 4A boys and girls competition while Timpview and Judge Memorial will try to do the same in the 3A classification.4A
The Weber boys team, led by hurdler Greg Deitch, will be tested by a number of strong teams, particularly, Viewmont, Orem and Davis. Another team that could be a factor is East, which led by sprinters Matt Stowell and Mike Jones and middle distance runner John Schiefer, could win every race from 200 to 1,600 meters.
Viewmont is led by its stellar distance runners, Mark Johansen and Ryan Anderson, and 200-400 meter runner Ben Higbee. The Vikes also have an outstanding high jumper, Steve Ballard, who has cleared 6-foot-9. Orem, which won the BYU Invitational, is led by sprinter-long jumper Bryan Rowley. Davis has an outstanding hurdler, Bruce Stevens, and a number of excellent weightmen, led by Justin Beard.
For the girls, it is expected to be a two-team showdown between Weber, led by Cindy Burningham and Cary Lynn Davis, and Layton, led by sprinters Corrie Phelts and Yolanda House.
Back as keynote performers are a pair of distance runners who earned multiple titles at the '88 3A meet. Timpview's Dave Spence will be returning as the defending champion in the 800-, 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs as well as anchoring Timpview's medley relay. And Provo's Kristie Brown will running in the 1,600 and 3,200.
If the BYU Invitational is any barometer of what to expect of the 3A teams at the BYU track-and-field facility, then the girls' competition should be a close one. Judge, Provo and Cedar were the highest-finishing 3A teams, with all three tying for fifth. Judge is led by the sister sprinting tandem of Trish and Jana Dilley.
The Ben Lomond boys team is led bydefending 3A high jump champion, Colby Gray.