Mustangs Girls Track Win Fourth Straight Title
Jul 13, 2016 09:34AM
● By Greg James
Senior Brielle Carr placed second in the pole vault at the state track and field meet. –Greg James
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Herriman High School girls track team was not to be denied of its fourth straight state track championship. It all came down to the final leg of the 4x400 meter relay. To top it off, the boys placed second overall.
“I felt like our season went very well,” Head coach James Barnes said. “Our goal was to do what we did. We wanted to come home with two trophies and we did. We knew it needed to be a team effort.”
Headed into the 4x400 relay, the Mustangs knew they needed to finish sixth or better to clinch the state title. As senior Marlee Peterson received the baton for the final leg, they stood in eighth place. She ran her final leg in 55 seconds, passing two opponents to finish sixth.
“It was such a team effort,” Barnes said. “Our throwers stepped up, our jumpers stepped up and our relays could have been the highlight. We have never had all of our relays in the finals. We needed all the kids to score in their events. We had to work at it. It was a total team effort.”
Kaysha Love finished her storied Mustang career with overpowering victories in the 100 and 200. She also placed second in the high jump and secured the anchor leg in the winning girls 4x100 relay. She has signed a national letter of intent to attend and run track at the University of Nevada–Las Vegas.
The boys also won the 4x100 relay and the 4x400 relays.
The boys 200 was dominated by Mustang runners: Dallin Tycksen finished second, Jordan Marr sixth and Jake Jutkins ninth.
“That was the best part of our team. We have some studly athletes, but everyone stepped up,” Barnes said.
2016 State Girls Track Team Scores
Lone Peak 63
2016 State Boys Track Team Scores
American Fork 81
Lone Peak 75
Sierra Freeland and Tori Bailey finished first and second in the shot put. Freeland took second in the discus. She has signed to continue her career at BYU. Ty Shaw took first place in the boys shot and Stone Sagala placed fourth. Shaw also placed third in the discus.
“We do have some good young athletes coming up too,” Barnes said. “The size of our team grew to about 225 kids. That is what happens when you win. It will translate into some good things in the future. The standard has been set. We have a good coaching staff and an administration that supports us. This is a good area, and we have a lot of people that are supportive. That definitely plays into our success.”