When all was said and done at the annual BYU Track and Field Invitational Saturday evening, the most enduring memory was that of Mountain View High junior Shauna Rohbock.
After shattering the state heptathlon record by scoring 5,016 points, easily topping the eight-year old record of 4,816 set in 1986 by Weber's Connie Johnston, Rohbock fielded questions from the media while getting a rubdown on the trainer's table south of the BYU track.Her only disappointment among the seven events, all of which she won, was the shot put. Still, Rohbock not only became the first Utah prep athlete to ever break 5,000 points in the heptathlon but quite possibly may have the highest score ever recorded by a high school junior in the event.
So what's left for the talented Rohbock who was also the state 5A soccer MVP last fall?
I'd like to break the national record next year," she said while still trying to catch her breath after the final event, the grueling 800 meters. "I really thought I had a shot at 5,000 today, and I'm really happy to get it."
In the last event, Rohbock knew she needed a 2:29 and change clocking to reach 5,000 points. Coming down the final straightaway, she saw the gigantic clock at the end and pushed herself to the time she needed. Her first 200 meters was run in 30 seconds, and her final 200 meters in 32 seconds, a phenomenal fete for any athlete after seven events in two days, not to mention the open class events, where Rohbock also won the javelin with two throws, and the long jump, which she won with just one attempt.
Spanish Fork's Jared Scott beat all comers in the boys decathlon, scoring 6,380 points to second-place Kristian Pettengill of Roy's 5,356.
Meanwhile, Rohbock's teammates from Mountain View were running away, as expected, with the 4A/5A girls team title, earning 109 points to outdistance second-place Skyline, with 69. American Fork was third and Orem fourth, while Churchill County out of Fallon, Nev., placed fifth.
In track events, winners included Provo's Mary Huang in the 3,200, Dixie Williams of Churchill in both the 100 and 300 hurdles (the latter in a new meet record time of 43.71), Tooele's Fredi Salahuddin in the 100 and 200 meters, Susan Taylor of Skyline in the 1,600, Ashley Westphal of Orem in the 400, and Kearn's Nicole Hyer in the 800. Skyline won the 400 relay, East captured the medley relay and American Fork was tops in the 1600 relay.
Shelly Thomas of Mountain View won the shot put, Debbie Fisher of Olympus took the high jump and Jenifer Burt of Box Elder won the discus.
Northridge came from behind in the afternoon with strong performances in the field events to win the boys team title. The Knights finished with 81 points, well ahead of Mountain View with 46 and Alta with 45.5.
Individual winners included Ryan Bybee of Mountain View in the 3,200, Curtis Billings of Bountiful in the 110 hurdles, Cal Beck of Cottonwood in both the 100 and 200, Jeff Bray of Brighton in the 1600, Aaron Smith of Clearfield in the 400, Brian Blood of Northridge in the 300 hurdles, and Larry Olsen of Northridge in the 800. Relay winners were Northridge in the 400, Woods Cross in the medley and Bingham in the 1600.
Field event winners were Troy Schiffman, Toby Davis of Northridge in the javelin, James Parker of Northridge in the shot and discus, Bryan Jones of Spanish Fork in the high jump, and finally, just before 8 p.m., France Davis of Skyline captured the long jump.