Miners host Region 10 Championships
The PCHS girls’ and boys’ teams take second place
It couldn’t have been a much better two days for the five teams competing at the Track & Field Region 10 Championships, which was hosted by Park City on the track at Dozier Field on Wednesday and Thursday afternoon.
The sun was shining, the skies were blue and the wind was minimal. It was an optimal meet for those in the region looking to qualify for the UHSAA State Championships at Brigham Young University next weekend. The Miners, though they didn’t win on either the boys’ or girls’ side as a team, did just that by qualifying a handful of athletes.
“[The meet] went extremely well,” Park City co-head coach David Yocum said. “The coaches were happy. We’re very fortunate to have a region where these coaches all get along and help each other. It really went well. We had a couple of surprise people really step up and do well in some of the events. Some freshmen came through and did some big things for us.
“A lot of really good things happened, so I’m pretty excited.”
Winning the region title on both sides was Stansbury: the boys’ team cruised to a victory with 173 points, while the girls’ team secured the title with 114. The Park City girls’ team, however, gave the Stallions a scare, finishing just five points behind. The Park City boys’ team also finished in second with 56 points.
On the girls’ side, the Miners were led by the throws and sprints, which was something Yocum didn’t expect. Heading into the meet, he predicted that they’d earn more points in the distance events, but he’ll take what he can get.
“We scored points where we didn’t think we were going to score,” Yocum said. “That’s the beauty of the sport. People step up and contribute when you don’t expect them to.”
Two people who stepped up specifically for the Park City girls’ team are Bailey Hoglin and Claire Rogers, two seniors who hadn’t participated in the sport before this season. Hoglin, who originally wanted to run when she came out for the sport, has been a blessing for throws coach Matt Senske.
“It took a little persuasion, but a couple weeks later, Matt Senske came out to me and said thank you for sending me Bailey,” Yocum said. “She’s such a great competitor. She’s just stellar. She’s done everything that we’ve asked of her. For the most part, it’s a pretty meteoric rise. She has just been amazing.”
Rogers, like Hoglin, hadn’t participated in track before her senior year. But her addition has been welcomed by Yocum and the rest of the coaching staff, as she sprinted her way to a second-place finish in the 100-meter dash, a third-place finish in the 200-meter dash and helped lead the Park City 4×100 meter relay to a victory over Stansbury.
“Every week she gets better,” Yocum said of Rogers. “We’ve only got one year with her, but she’s really stepped up.”
On the boys’ side, the Miners were led by thrower Eli Alford, who took home region titles in the shot put and discus. He also placed third in the javelin.
“He’s just a huge talent,” Yocum said of Alford. “He’s just kind of a beast. Hats off to him. He just did really well.”
Others that stepped up for the Park City boys’ team were Victor Casarrubias, who finished fourth in the 100-meter dash and fifth in the 200-meter dash, and Deston Heiner, a freshman who topped his previous personal record by over a foot in the long jump to place fourth and qualify for the state meet.
The Miners that qualified will travel down south to Brigham Young University next weekend for the UHSAA 3A State Championships. The girls’ team is expected to be more competitive, as Yocum hopes they can finish near fourth or fifth place as a team. For the boys, Yocum hopes that most of the qualifiers will be able to put forth personal-best performances.
No matter what happens, though, Park City is sending more qualifiers this season than in years past, much to the delight of Yocum and the coaching staff.
“A year ago, two years ago, three years ago, we were happy to get just one girl qualified in all the events,” Yocum said. “Now, we’ve got eight girls just in the individual sprints. Last year, I think we had one.”
“We’ve got a lot of kids qualified. Overall, I’m pretty happy.”
The UHSAA 3A State Championships will take place on May 19-20 at the Clarence F. Robison Track & Field Stadium at Brigham Young University.
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