Timpview's Dave Spence and Provo's Kristie Brown have gone to great distances in proving they're among Utah's premier prep runners.
And the Dave and Kristie Show played for one last finale Saturday for the senior distance runners at the 1989 3A state track and field championships.May we have the curtain calls, please?
Brown broke her own 3A record in the 3,200-meter run with a 10:49.22, shaving more than six seconds off her previous best at the BYU Invitational earlier this month. She then ran the anchor of Provo's medley relay, bringing the Bulldog squad from fifth to first place with her 800 performance. Joining with Diane Lott and twins Heidi and Christel Condie, Brown had a hand in the 4:18.29 time, breaking an 8-year-old 3A record by a half-second.
Couple that with her 3A record in the 1,600 on Friday and Brown has two 3A cross-country titles, three two-mile titles, two mile titles and two shared medley titles and records in all three track events.
And now, on to Spence, who joined Timpview teammates Hans Magelby, Brett Wimmer and Paul Alder in the medley relay for a 3A record 3:32.94 time. Spence ran the anchor 800, taking the baton in fifth place and - is this sounding familiar or what? - finishing first easily.
Of course, that came only moments after Spence ran a 1:55.65 in the 800. And earlier in the day, he started slow to cruise to a 4:14.81 in the 1,600 - just shy of his state record of 4:13.31 in the BYU Invitational. Plus he set a 3A mark in winning the 3,200 on Friday.
All told, that's three cross-country titles, three championships in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 each, state records in all three and two shared titles with Timpview's medley relay.
Anything else you'd like to do, Dave? "Well, if we win the team title, I don't think so," admitted Spence.
Not to worry, as the defending champion T-birds had the boys' trophy long since clinched en route to 108 points. Ogden followed with 71, Mountain Crest 62, Ben Lomond 60 and Provo 411/2.
And Judge successfully defended its girls' crown, earning all 58 team points in Saturday's second day of competition. After leading for much of the meet, Timpview finished second with 52, followed by Springville's 44 and Ogden's 42. Ben Lomond and Tooele tied for fifth with 41.
Using subtle team depth, Judge also benefited from some "Dilley" performances - Jana Dilley taking the 200, finishing second in the 100 and anchoring Judge's record-setting 1,600 relay team, which logged a 4:05.26 in a victory in the 3A girls' final event. Need another Dilley? How about Tricia Dilley - third in the 100 and fourth in the 200.
Other notable performances included:
- Individual-event title defenses by returning champions included Cedar City's Nicole Schexnayder (girls' javelin, 125 feet) and Springville's Heather Witney (girls' 800, 2:17.73). And Ben Lomond's Colby Gray won his second straight high jump title by clearing 6-10, just short of his personal best of 6-10 3/4. He appeared to clear 7-0 on one of his three tries, but his far elbow caught the bar and brought it down.
- Timpview's Keena Hooker was a dual winner in Saturday's girls' 110- and 300-meter hurdles.
- Mountain Crest finished 1-2 in the two boys' sprints, with O.K. Akalaonu edging Wayne Davidson (11.24 seconds to 11.26) in the 100 and Davidson returning the favor to Akalaonu in the 200 (22.92 to 22.95).