In a world of change, there seemingly remains two constants - bad weather for the Utah High School Track and Field Championships, and a runaway victory for Mountain View's Bruins.
History repeated itself both times at BYU on Saturday, as Mountain View captured still another 5A title with an easy victory over runners-up American Fork and Davis. It was the Bruins' sixth title in the last seven years, and something coach Dave Houle never tires of."We just have great kids who work so hard all year for this," he said. And if it's any solace to the rest of 5A, which it probably isn't, the score this year was at least closer than last year's 82 point gap between first and second. Mountain View scored points in all but four events to win the title. East rode its incredible distance team of Elizabeth Jackson and Sarah Gardiner to the 4A crown, along with a supporting cast. The Leopards were second a year ago but would not be denied their second state title in three years. Spanish Fork was second.
Delta took its first 3A track title ever with a 20-point victory over four-time defending champ Pine View. North Sevier won its third straight 2A title, and Panguitch took 1A for the fourth consecutive year.
Double winners in 5A included Ady Sorenson of Mountain View, who came back from Friday's win in the 1,600 to capture the 3200 meters in 11:06.36. Suzette Beardall of American Fork took titles in both the 100 and 200, Shanae Nixon of AF won her second crown with a victory in the long jump, and Mountain View's Lori Henry added the shot put gold to her discus title earned Friday.
Other state champs were Davis' Brooke Barton in the 100 hurdles, Melanie Clark of Kearns in the 400, Lisa Anthony of Mountain View in the 300 hurdles, and Tara Haynes of Orem in the 800. Field champs included Davis' April Frazier in the javelin as well.
The distance races were again the highlight in 4A, where Provo's Tara Rohatinsky narrowly beat teammate Mary Huang to win the 3,200. They dueled with East's Sarah Gardiner and Elizabeth Jackson, third and fourth respectively in the race on Saturday. Rohatinsky beat Huang by just over four seconds. Gardiner came back to win the 800 crown with a 2:16.73 win, edging Jackson by less than a second.
Skyview's Jessica Downs and Box Elder's Vickie Tams split hurdle titles, Bear River's Holly Gibbons won both sprint finals and was part of the title 400 meter relay team, and Elyse Stowell of East captured the 400 meters. The most dominant victory of 4A was Brooke Marcheschi's high jump title. The Ogden athlete leaped 5-10 to beat her nearest competitor by eight inches. East also received another state title on Saturday via Cathy Fuailemaa in the discus.
Another huge winner in 3A was Delta's Chelle Curtis, who took the 100 hurdles title by more than a full second. She also won the 300 hurdles. Park City's Lauren Adams won both the 800 and 3,200 meter state titles, and Hurricane's Michon Hepworth medaled twice in the 100 and 200 meters, as well as winning the long jump.
Multiple winners in 2A included North Sevier's Wendy Sperry in the distance races, Millard's Joann Stevens in the 100, 200 and 400; and Kellie Child of Millard in the 300 hurdles and high jump.
Tana Shurtliff of Wayne took home two golds on Saturday in 1A, in the hurdle events, as did Amanda Alvarez of St. Joseph's in the 200 and 400 meters.