KEARNS — Organizers of the first Western States Open Track and Field Meet decided Friday to move to a one-day meet today. The meet, open to all high school athletes, will begin at 9 a.m. at the Kearns Olympic Oval.
Meet director Cley Twigg said Friday afternoon that more than 400 athletes have signed up for today's competition, which will be held on the unique 442-meter length indoor track that surrounds the speedskating track at the Oval. Events will include both track and field competitions, as pole vault, long jump, triple jump, shot put, high jump, a racewalk and a weight throw are scheduled. Also slated for today are races in the 60 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters, 60 meter hurdles, 800 meters, 1,600 meters, and 3,200 meters. A 4 x 800 meter relay will also be contested.
"There were a number of athletes who had time conflicts on Friday, so it made more sense to combine everything into a one-day meet," Twigg said. "We're excited, because we have some high-calibre athletes who've committed to be here on Saturday and we think it will be a great event."
Twigg hopes this becomes an annual competition at the Oval, which has already hosted one high school meet and two collegiate track meets this winter. Athletes from Utah, Idaho, Colorado, Wyoming and other regional states are expected to be among those competing today.
The Oval features a mondo surface track, already considered one of the fastest in the nation. In fact, Oval officials believe it may be the largest indoor track in the nation. Today's meet is scheduled to run through 4 p.m. at the Oval in Kearns.