Last winter, the Viewmont track team would gather at school at 5:30 a.m.
With their track under a bunch of snow, they ran inside, legally tearing through the hallways in preparation for the upcoming track season.It was probably a lot of fun. And it paid off Saturday.
Without even one individual champion, Viewmont claimed the 5A boys state track title, its first crown since 1992.
"We've been strong all along," said Viewmont coach Cory Swenson. "This is a hard-working group. They got up early all winter and nobody ever complained."
While Viewmont was best among the big schools, Box Elder claimed the 4A championship. Pine View was the 3A winner, while Morgan won the 2A title and Panguitch beat its 1A opponents.
Viewmont apparently started a trend with its 5A title. When the Vikings took the top spot in 1992, they didn't have an individual winner either.
But they did have relay winners.Viewmont dominated the relays, winning the 1,600 and medley competition. Brian Hills put the finishing touch on the meet when he crossed the finish line well ahead of everybody else in the meet's last race, the 1,600 relay.
After that, all the Vikings crashed onto the track to celebrate the win.
While Viewmont was celebrating, Box Elder's Mitch Zundel was quietly happy with the Bees' 4A title.
Zundel won the 3,200, 1,600 and finished second in the 800. He also anchored Box Elder's first-place medley relay team. He put 38 points on the scoreboard for his team and Box Elder won by 37 (133-96) over second-place Judge Memorial.
"It's not just me, though," said Zundel, the 4A state cross country champion last fall. "It's our depth. We haven't had many first, but a lot of seconds and thirds."
Zundel joked that half the team turned out for track in an attempt to keep on the good side of coach Wes Roesler, who is also the school's football coach.
Maybe that's why the Bees also racked up points in the javelin and shot put, events that usually involve multi-sport athletes.
In 3A, Pine View dominated the running events. Although nobody could catch Park City's Chasen Memmott in the sprints, the Panthers cashed in with many second and third-place finishes.
In 2A, Jared Barlow and Drew Bott helped Morgan score big points in the sprints as the Trojans held off Juab.
In 1A, Panguitch's Luke Yardley won three events as the Bobcats held off Dugway.
Other highlights Saturday were: Bingham's Jeff Hopkinson gave his team plenty of points. On Saturday, he won the 5A boys 800 in 1:54.89.
Mountain View's Dan Arrhenius took the 5A discus with a throw of 172-feet, 3-inches.
Mountain View's Kevin Casper and Ryan Andrus did it again. After going 1-2 in the 5A Boys 800 on Friday, they repeated those roles in the 1,600.
Jed Patton of Cottonwood won the 5A boys 100 and 200 meters.
Brian Ely of West was a double winner in the 4A boys 100 and 200.
Uintah's Eli Long easily captured the boys 3A 110 and 300 hurdles.
Millard's Courtney Tuttle took the 2A Boys long jump with a leap of 22-9 3/4.
Viewmont 5A Mtn. View
Box Elder 4A East
Pine View 3A Delta
Morgan 2A North Sevier
Panguitch 1A Panguitch