PCHS track team impresses at Davis
April 20, 2010
At the Davis Invitational in Layton on Saturday, April 17, Park City High School’s track team made further progress toward qualifying a huge lineup for regionals.
Junior Blake Thorne qualified in the 200 meters with a time of 23.09, good for sixth in the boys’ open race.
Thorne joined junior Micah Sandusky, junior Chad Wing and senior Erik Walker on a 4×100 team that also qualified with a time of 43.86.
"The boys’ sprinters were good, and the girls’ distance group was pretty impressive with the mile," said head coach Jeff Wyant. "We have now five girls who have gone under 5:30 and two more within 10 seconds of it – which I don’t think I’ve ever seen."
Three of the Miners’ distance girls have qualified for state in the mile, while two others have missed out by just one and two seconds. Wyant thinks there will be seven or eight girls on the start line for mile at state, depending on the results of the next two qualifying meets and regionals.
"That’s never been done, that I know of," Wyant said. "It’s really almost impossible to do that, but they’re pretty close."
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Freshman Ali Walker ran 5:37 last week in her first mile race and improved to a 5:25 in Davis, "an extremely encouraging result," Wyant said.
Walker also won the open 800, and the team won the 4×800 relay for the second year in a row. The 4×800 isn’t run at state, but Park City easily has the fastest team in Utah, Wyant said.
Sophomore Mackenzie Snyder also qualified for the 3200 with a time of 11:39.