Park City in running for region title |

Park City in running for region title

Christopher Kamrani, OF THE RECORD STAFF

The annual Park City High School Invitational took place Wednesday afternoon with seven different schools traveling to Park City to participate.

But Miners’ track and field head coach Jeff Wyant wasn’t too concerned with results.

He and his team have bigger fish to fry.

"We had a big turnout," he said. "It went pretty well. We were just giving the kids a chance to run one last time before we started getting down to the more selective meets."

The selective meets are the BYU Invitational today, which features 1A-5A squads, the Region 10 championship to be held at Park City next Wednesday and Thursday, and state in a couple weeks.

Wyant said his team is ready to make some noise in the region meet.

"We’re in the running for both," Wyant said of the boys’ and girls’ trophy chances.

On Wednesday, sophomore Keeley Ruttan had a memorable afternoon, breaking the school’s all-time long-jump record for a female, jumping 16 feet, three inches.

"I’m just so excited," she said. "I just don’t have words."

Ruttan, who also runs in the 100- and- 200-meter sprints, along with the 4 X 100, just began running track last year as a freshman and has taken off. When asked what she does to prepare for a jump, she said, "I just kind of see the end of the runway and kind of go for it."

Added Wyant: "We’ve known it’s been coming sooner or later and it was nice for her."

Wyant is looking forward to seeing star distance runner Ben Saarel race against some of the best talent in the state today at BYU.

"This is where they’ll probably get in their fastest times of the year," he said. "Ben will not be pushed at state. Running against 4A and 5A guys, he’ll be pushed faster.

"It’ll be his fastest time of the year, but obviously he’ll run faster as he grows a little older. This is just him learning how to race."

Wyant said he is looking for a good all-around performance at next week’s Region 10 championship and hopes that momentum will carry his team forward toward state.

"You just have to put it all together on that day," he said.

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