Miners track athletes in the running for state titles after Davis Invitational
The Park City High School track team hit its season stride last week with good results at the Davis Invitational in Kaysville on Saturday.
“Pretty much everyone that ran in the meet, they all had (personal records),” coach Dave Yocum said. “It was just one of those meets where everybody did well.”
The meet grouped all attending schools together across classes, allowing Park City athletes to compete against athletes from 1A to 6A.
Leading the way for the Miners were junior sprinters Paul Baynes and Kait Esquivel.
Esquivel took second overall in the open 100 meter dash, finishing behind Weber’s Ashlynn Campos with a time of 12.55 seconds. Campos was .03 seconds ahead with 12.52.
Esquivel also took first in the open 200 meter dash with a time of 25.76 seconds. She defeated Elizibeth Norton of Lone Peak (25.83). Both results were PCHS school records.
“(Esquivel) is definitely a contender for state titles,” Yocum said, unsurprised at the meet’s result.
He coached her during the indoor track season and said she had been trending toward Saturday’s performance.
“Nothing surprises me with that girl,” he said. “I knew she could run 12.6 this year, and she ran 12.5 and didn’t run a perfect race. My guess is, if things go well, she’ll run 12.4.”
For comparison, last year’s Class 4A 100 meter state champion, Julia Hunt of Cedar, earned her title with a 12.41.
With Saturday’s results, Esquivel is now ranked second in Class 4A in the 100, behind Taye Raymond of Orem (12.51), and third in the 200, behind Jasie York of Cedar City (25.52) and Makenna McCloy of Tooele (25.73), though McCloy’s time is ineligible for state qualification because of the amount of wind during her race.
Baynes also shook up the rankings with his performances. At the Davis Invitational he took first in the open 100 with a time of 11.14, defeating Bryson Cortes of Syracuse High School (11.24) for the top spot. He also took fifth in the in the 400 (51.08).
Baynes’ time in the 100 places him third in the standings in 4A, behind Marcus McKenzie of Pine View with a wind-ineligible time of 10.80, and Silas Young of Stansbury (10.98).
Yocum said Baynes could improve his 400 time before the team competes at the Class 4A state championships on May 17-18 at Brigham Young University.
“It’s just a matter of him running the race the way he needs to run it,” Yocum said. “He’s definitely on fire right now.”
The Miners’ relay teams also stood out, with the boys 4×100 meter team, the boys 4×400 team and the girls 4×400 team all placing second in their seeded competitions.
The boys 4×100 team (juniors Mark McCurdy and Paul Baynes, sophomore Seth Warner and junior Brady Baumann) finished with a time of 43.95 seconds. Corner Canyon took first (43.46).
The boys seeded 4×400 relay (Warner, sophomore Will Henry, junior Kaleb Barnhart and Baynes) finished second behind Syracuse with a time of 3:27.79. That time gave them the second-place ranking in Class 4A this season behind Stansbury (3:27.6).
The girls 4×400 team (sophomore Maude Crossland, junior Grace Dalton, junior Coral Crossland, and Esquivel) finished with a time of 4;04.79, behind Davis. That time put the Miners in first in the Class 4A rankings.
Other notable results include a fourth-place finish from the girls 4×100 team (Esquivel, senior Katie Brotherson, senior Haley Maki, and Dalton), which finished with a time of 50.25.
Junior Jaynie Glasmann took fourth in the javelin with her 103-foot, 3-inch throw. Brotherson took fifth in the 300 hurdles (48.61). Junior Mark McCurdy took fifth in the long jump (20 feet, 1.5 inches). Junior Elise Heddens finished fifth in the open long jump (15-9) and seventh in the seeded high jump (4-11).
Sophomore Coco Lukrich took seventh in the open shot put (43-3.5). Sophomore Chloe Shewell took eighth in the open 800 meter run (2:25.47). She was followed by her teammate, Sophomore Klaire Kovar, who took ninth (2:25.6). (For a complete list of results, see B-5.)
Yocum called the Davis meet a “stepping stone” for the team, which, until last week had been cooped up indoors or running in inclement weather for a good portion of the season.
“The warm weather made a huge difference in terms of training and response,” he said of last week’s stretch of sunshine.
Yocum said the team is now fine-tuning in the final month before the state championships.
“It’s crunch time and the kids are responding very well,” he said. “They are putting it together.”
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