Virtually every high school track athlete has a dream of winning at the state meet. Setting a record would mean even more. With Utah's finest athletes and mild weather expected to join together Friday and Saturday at the BYU stadium, all the ingredients could be there.
Here is a look at some of the athletes who could have a record-breaking day.
Besides Mountain View's Dan Arrhenius, several 5A marks could be in jeopardy.
- Taylorsville's Nic McGhie will be looking to improve on his state record time of 14.38 seconds in the 110 hurdles.
- Orem's Brady Jones hopes to improve his state-best high jump mark of 6-10, which tied the state mark.
- Mountain View's Matt Rowe has already broken the state record in the 400 meters. He'll be looking to improve on his time of 48.66. But Orem's Adam Leifson beat Rowe at the Region 4 meet and is primed for an upset.
- Jeff Hopkinson of Bingham is the favorite to win the 800. He's the current state 5A record holder in the 800 and missed out on setting the all-time state record by less than a second.
- In the girls 100, American Fork's Suzette Beardall should be the favorite in a hotly contested race. Beardall thought she had the state record at the BYU Invitational with a time of 12.29, but it was determined to be wind-aided and disallowed.
- Roy's Angie Poulsen should be in the mix for not only the 100, but don't be surprised if she wins the 200 and 400. Poulsen set a 5A record in the 400, but then pulled a muscle and still may not be 100 percent.
A state record could fall in the 800 and 1600 races on the strength of the field. Provo's dynamic duo of Tara Rohatinsky and Mary Huang will battle with East's Sarah Gardner and Liz Jackson.
- Bear River's Amanda Busenbark has proven she's as good as any sprinter in the state. She won the 100 and 200 at BYU, but she has been hobbled by an arch injury.
- Vickie Tams of Box Elder has the third fastest time in the 300 hurdles in state history. She almost broke the state record at BYU.
- Paul Northway of Judge is a lock for the shot put title. Northway early in the year had a discus throw of 214 feet in St. George and is looking to get back to the 200 foot area.
Delta's Kyle Rowley may be the best javelin thrower in the state. He won BYU with a toss of 183-2.
- Lauren Adams of Park City won the 3200 at BYU with an impressive 10:53.81. Her time was a minute faster than the next closest 3-A competitor.
- Lehi's Scott Cummings looks like a lock for the 1600 and 3200, an event where he already holds the record.
- The Pioneers also have the best discus thrower in any classification. Anna Bullock won BYU and smashed the old 3A record by more than four feet with her toss of 140-43/4 at the Region 10 meet.