Track team clearing hurdles |

Track team clearing hurdles

Lindsey Jacobson glides over the hurdles in the 100-meter hurdle event at the Timpview Invite in Orem. She finished fourth in the event.

A little challenge never hurt anyone.

In fact, the Park City High School track team’s trek south for the Timpview Invite on Thursday and Friday may have even helped them.

As a strong contender in both Region 10 and in 3A, the multiclass meet offered the team the chance to compete against some of the bigger schools and see how they stack up. According to Park City head boys coach Steve Crandall, it is also an opportunity to lower times and qualify more of the team for the state championship.

Although, the Miners did not make the finals in some of the speed events, Lindsey Jacobson was able to make her mark early taking fourth in the 100-meter hurdles.

According to Crandall, small numbers on the last day of competition was to be expected. He said the coaches only take about half the team to the more high-level invitational meets and that a fair number of his runners had already left the area for spring break.

"We haven’t had a full contingent," said Crandall.

Another problem was weather. With cold and rainy conditions, many of the Miners’ times were slow.

"We look better when we are warm," Crandall said.

For the talented distance team, many of whom were part of the 3A State cross-country championship, the meet offered an opportunity to qualify more of their team for state, as well as experiment with race and running styles.

For Prescott McCarthy, the Miners top male long-distance performer who finished fifth in the 1600 meters, the meet gave him a chance to adjust to try different body positioning to allow him maximum speed on his final lap. He said a shift in his shoulders made an immediate difference in his explosiveness.

Crandall said that another gain the Timpview Invitational offers is its championship-style format. The Park City coaches like to attend the Timpview every year to give the team a feel for how competition will be executed at the final meets of the season.

The Miners also looked to improve on the field. According to field coach Brandon Matich, the team is still struggling with having enough guys on the teams, but the ones that are competing are very committed and hard working. Nick Ritter was able to make it to the finals in discus, before an awkward throw ended his run. Calvin Mutcher also performed well.

"We have enough arm strength. We’ve just got to get better at technique," Matich said.

The Miners will compete in another invitational on Saturday at the Central Utah Invite starting at 8 a.m.

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