A fast start by Orem and Bingham, a state record in the boys 3,200 meter run and injuries to two performers that might mean disaster for two of the favored teams - Viewmont in the boys and Layton in the girls - were the story of Day 1 at the 4A competition at the state track and field championships at Brigham Young University.
Orem, led by sprinter/long jumper Brian Rowley, looks to have a slight edge going into today's finals for boys. Rowley capped a dramatic duel in the long jump with last year's state champion, Mike Hutchings of Hillcrest, by leaping a career-best 23-feet 5-inches to win the event on his last attempt. Earlier he had leaped 22-10 to edge Hutchings' 22-9 1/2 mark only to have Hutchings respond with a leap of 22-11 1/2 to retake the lead. "I just hit everything right," said Rowley of his winning jump.Orem got another first in the javelin as Greg Kennedy had a throw of 185 feet to win by 6 inches. By winning two of Friday's five finals and taking a fifth in the javelin and sixth in the long jump, Orem scored 24 points, one more than Davis, which got 19 points in the shot put as Justin Beard finished first with a put of 54-7 1/2, Doug Beard third (53-11 1/2), Troy Vanderhule fifth (52-4 1/4) and Fred Bartley sixth (50-1 3/4). Then came Viewmont with 20 and Layton with 18.
Orem will try to sprint its way to the state crown today as Rowley leads the way in the 100 and 200-meter dashes as well running anchor on the 400-meter relay.
Viewmont's Mark Johansen broke his own state record in the 3,200, clocking 9:19.05. His previous record was 9:21.61. Despite his fine run, the event was costly for the Vikings as Ryan Anderson, who was expected to take second or third, collapsed 50 meters from the finish from dehydration/hyperventilation. He got back on his feet and managed to take fifth but his status for today's 1,600 and 800meter runs, where he was expected to finish in the top three, is questionable.
"He's got a terrific headache. At this point I'm not sure if he's going to compete," Anderson's father, Dale, said Friday night.
For the girls, the story was Lynette Petersen and Janne Laerum for Bingham; a sub-par performance by Weber and an injury to Layton speedster Corrie Phelts.
Petersen, Bingham's phenomenal freshman, held off Orem's Julie Sorenson in the 1,600 meter run to win her first of what is expected to be many state titles. Her time was 5:01.86. Sorenson clocked 5:03.17. Laerum later won the discus with a toss of 119-7 to help Bingham to the first day lead with 22 points. Mountain View is second with 17.
Layton, co-favorite with Weber, is likely to be without Phelts, who was one of the favorites in the 100 and 200 as well as a member of the 400 relay team. She hurt her back while long jumping Friday and was taken to a hospital.
"She's got a severe lower back pain with pulled muscles," said her coach, Shar Weight. At first it was feared she had suffered a ruptured disc. She was given a pain-killer and a physical therapist was working with her Friday night and will continue to do so before the meet today to see if it's possible to get her in shape to compete, Weight said.
Bingham, which was a long-shot contender going into the meet, now is among the favorites. Petersen has a chance at winning both the 1,600 and 800 and the Miners could pick up some points in other events as well.