Park City super sophomores shine at state meet
PROVO With sophomores Megan Glasmann and Ben Saarel, the Park City High School track and field squad is in good hands for the next couple of years.
In addition to a slew of first-place finishes throughout the season, this weekend at the state 3A track meet at BYU, Glasmann and Saarel, combined to win three state titles. Glasmann won the girls’ javelin and discus throws, while Saarel finished first in the 1600 meters with a time of four minutes and 23 seconds.
"Megan is competitively the best on the team," said Park City head coach Jeff Wyant. "Her throws are actually better than Ben is running."
Wyant explained by saying that if you compare Glasmann’s throws to the national average for girls in javelin and discus, they are actually better than Saarel’s comparable times on the track.
"She is so dominant in her events," Wyant said. "She, as usual, came through this year."
On Saturday at BYU, Saarel knew he had gone out in front of the pack much too quickly in the 3200 and eventually finished third. The day before, he played it conservatively in the boys’ 1600 meter race, and took first.
"I think I haven’t been able to really recover the past couple weeks from the other races," he said of a lingering hamstring injury. "I went out too fast, too.
"I was feeling really good, but with about five laps to go, I tightened and told myself, ‘Uh oh, this isn’t good.’ It was pretty painful."
Saarel, who won a state championship in cross country in October, looked back on his first year at Park City High School. "It’s been one crazy season. I made a lot of mistakes, but I also had a lot of good spots."
"Earlier this season, my legs were feeling great. I think my legs peaked a little too early."
While Wyant has the super sophomores for a couple more years, he said there is always room for improvement and Saarel’s third-place finish in the 3200 is an example of that.
"He had a great season," Wyant said. "Ben just has to learn how to race."
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