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Prep athletes shine indoors

KEARNS — The final meet of the indoor high school sports season offered a good look at the pending outdoor season at Saturday's Western States Open meet in the Utah Olympic Oval in Kearns.

Alta senior Amy Menlove, Mountain View junior Heidi Magill, Orem senior Amber Harper, and senior Leif Arrhenius of Mountain View were up to their old tricks — dominating their events at the cozy climate-controlled Oval. The inaugural meet attracted 300 athletes, including some from as far away as Omaha, Neb.

Menlove's top performances were in the long jump, where she won the event with a mark of 5.96 meters (19-6 3/4), the second-best jump in the nation this year indoors. She also won the 60 meters in a time of 7.54 seconds and the 200 meters in 24.62, both top 10 times nationally. She also anchored the winning 400 meter relay team from Alta, along with Ali Smart, Dana Strauss and Danielle Peck.

Magill showcased her talents in the 1,600 meter run, winning in a time of 4:56.53 on the superfast mondo surface track. She also anchored the winning 1,600 meter relay team for Mountain View, which included Kim Anderson, Heidi Houle and Ann Marie Thomas (3:58.77). Harper won the 3,200 meters in a time of 11:19.08.

Arrhenius took home first place medals in his two events, dusting the competition in the shot put with a best effort of 17.15 meters (56-3 3/4) and the boys' weight throw. His mark of 23.21 meters (76-1 3/4) was nearly 28 feet ahead of his nearest competitor.

Judge Memorial senior Kathleen Smyth won the 400 meters in a time of 56.83 seconds. She spearheaded a Bulldog team victory in the 3,200 meter relay, along with Samantha Gaffney, Stephene Gaitan and Hannah Vickery. Houle of Mountain View was first in the 800 meters at 2:12.28, and Heidi Huber of the Utah Speed Academy took first in the 60 meter hurdles in 9.03 seconds.

Other winners among the coeds were Provo's Alina Perry in the high jump at 5-0, Susan Atwater of Davis in the pole vault at 9-6, Michaela Wallerstedt of Burke High School in Omaha in the shot put (42-0), and Sarah Cardinal from Blackfoot (Idaho) High in the weight throw at 41-7.25 feet.

Taylorsville junior Sok Nhim captured the 60 meters in 6.99 seconds. Dan Hutson of Alta won the 200 meters (22.64), Richard Lyon of Taylorsville took the 400 meters (50.26), and Davis' Jace Nye won the 800 meters at 1:54.73. In the distance races, it was Mountain View senior Mike Steele in the 1,600 at 4:26.22, and Provo freshman Jared Rohatinsky in the 3,200 in a time of 9:56.99.

Chris Dilley of Cyprus took the 60 meter hurdles (7.99), Trevor Heiner of Viewmont won the high jump at 6-4, and Jeff Agnello of Davis was first among pole vaulters at 14-0. Hillcrest's Sean McPherson captured the long jump with a leap of 6.42 meters (21- 3/4).

Relay team winnners were Viewmont's contingent of Marcus Hintze, Chase Richins, Ethan Peterson and Garrett Smith in the 400 meters (43.90), the Utah Speed Academy in the 1,600 meters (3:29.24), and Rock Springs High in the 3,200 meters (8:25.93).

The concensus among coaches and athletes was that they loved the meet but not the timing. The Oval track produced some very fast times, but many athletes have already begun training for the outdoor season. Most said they hoped next year's meet could be held earlier in the season, perhaps near the first part of February.