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PCHS girls’ track takes third at state

After winning the Region 10 title two weekends ago, the Park City High School girls’ track team went to Brigham Young University in Provo for the 3A track state championship meet last weekend.

The Miners had several near-misses in events, including a few second-place finishes. Ultimately, the Park City girls finished in third-place overall, behind Desert Hills and Cedar. Desert Hills finished with 99 points to comfortably win, with Cedar amassing 61.5 points and Park City earning 55 points.

Kambridge Van Der Veur set the tone for Park City, winning the shot put event with a throw of 40-feet, 9-inches. She also finished second in the discus.

Park City Coach Steve Cuttitta was happy with the way the junior thrower performed.

"About halfway through the season, she started out-throwing everybody in 3A," he said. "She really came on this season and she went into the state meet expecting to win. The nice thing is she’s a junior and gets to come back next year. Maybe she’ll score in three events next year."

Seniors Chrissy Glasmann and Alyssa Snyder also had strong meets for the Miners. Glasmann finished second in javelin and third in discus, while Snyder finished second in both the 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter races.

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Cuttitta said the Park City team will miss Snyder and Glasmann next year after four years in which they were some of the best track athletes in the state.

"The biggest thing is they have not only scored, but scored really highly, since they were freshmen. They’re not people you can easily replace. To get two athletes like that in the same year, we were incredibly lucky. We’ll definitely miss them and try our best to continue what they started."

Overall, the girls’ team wasn’t particularly thrilled with its third-place finish, but Cuttitta said that’s the way meets go sometimes.

"I really think we were probably a top-two team this year, but things didn’t go our way," he said. "I think we were just a little bit unlucky this year. We’ve been lucky in the past with breaks going our way and we just weren’t this year. We could have done a little better than we did, but, at the same time, it’s still third place."

The boys’ squad didn’t finish in the top-10 overall, but Cuttitta pointed out a couple strong individual efforts.

"Josh [Pelegrin] was fifth in [the 300-meter] hurdles," he said. "The last four weeks, he’s been great. It was nice to see him make finals and do well in finals."

Eli Alford also had an impressive performance in the shot put, finishing sixth with a throw of 44-feet, 3-inches.

"Eli had a tough time with the weather," Cuttitta said. "His throws weren’t as far as they had been, but he dealt with it pretty well. To have a sophomore score in the shot put is pretty big."

Additionally, both the boys’ and girls’ relay teams that qualified for state did well, Cuttitta said. He praised the team’s balance throughout all the events in the state meet.

"We had 20 kids make it to state this year," he said. "Both our 4×100 relays scored and our boys’ medley relay scored. Out of those 20 kids, I think we had 12 that scored points. And, pretty much everybody comes back to give it another go-round next year."

In the past, Park City has relied on a couple of star athletes (mainly distance runners) to carry the team at big meets. This year, and most likely next year, Cuttitta said the team is more balanced.

"We had more athletes score this year at state than in previous years," he said. That’s an achievement in itself. To have teams in the top six in relays shows we do have some depth. We may not have the superstar power, but, as a team, we were pretty solid."

For full results from the weekend’s 3A state track meet, please see the Scoreboard section beginning on page B-4.