For Nic Harrop, competing at the Utah High School Track and Field Championships was the perfect way to end the year.
For Dan Parkinson, it was almost perfect.For Aaron Salahuddin, it wasn't even close.
Harrop, a senior at Weber High, won the boys 4A javelin Friday with a throw of 202-feet. But, more importantly, he broke the school record held by his father, Greg Harrop, that had stood since 1966.
Parkinson, a senior from Pleasant Grove, surprised nobody by capturing the boys 4A high jump. He won it with a leap of 6-10. His attempt at 7-0, however, fell short by a hair.
An actual hair. Parkinson said he could see the hairs on his leg knock off the bar as he was coming down.
Salahuddin, easily Utah's fastest sprinter, meanwhile, pulled a hamstring two weeks ago and hasn't been the same. He still won his heat in the 200 meters, but finished well behind Layton's Mikal Underwood in his 100 heat.
Salahuddin's goal today? "I just want to cross the finish line," he said. "I shouldn't even be running, but I couldn't just sit and watch everyone else."
Today's action begins at 7:30 a.m. at the BYU track. So far, only Mountain View has a decent lead in the team standings. The Bruins lead the 5A ranks with 34 points. Davis and Fremont are second with 20.
Judge Memorial has a narrow lead over Box Elder in 4A. Delta has a slight advantage in 3A, while Juab and St. Joseph are on top among the smaller schools.
The team standings meant little to Harrop. He was just happy to end the season on a high note.
"Actually, I wanted to get the state title more than breaking the (school) record," he said.
Harrop broke the record on his first throw. After that, his only competition was himself.
Harrop was beaten in his region meet. He said that inspired him at state.
"It humbled me. I just can't come out and win. I had to focus. I was hyped."
Parkinson and Salahuddin didn't feel the same way following their competition.
"I was so close (to 7-0), it was upsetting," Parkinson said. "I thought I had made it, then I just tapped it (the bar). I'll keep seeing that again and again."
Still, he will have a chance to reach 7-0 during some summer meets that will feature better competition.
Same with Salahuddin. Although his hamstring injury made him limp noticeably, he finished the 200 in less than 23 seconds and the 100 in 11.42.
"I was taking it easy," he said. "I had to."
He may even have to take it easy today in the finals, in order to be healthy at the upcoming Great Southwest meet in Tempe, Ariz. That meet will have college scouts in attendance.
Mountain View's Ryan Andrus and Kevin Casper finished 1-2 in the 5-A boys 3,200 meters. Andrus's time was 9:21.05. Mountain View's Dan Arrhenius won the 5A shot put with a throw of 58-13/4.
Judge's Paul Northway took the 4A discus at 169-9.
Mitch Zundel of Box Elder won the the 4A boys 3,200 in 9:35.39.