South Summit track sets 2A record at state
May 31, 2016
The 2016 2A high school state track meet was held May 20-21 at Brigham Young University. Finishing impressive South Summit High School careers were seniors Jordyn Crandall, Brady Bess, Isaac Tillett, Alex Stockley, Porter Fitzgerald, Mason Gines, James Scow, and Christian Neuenschwander.
Tillett earned the most points for the team with first-place finishes in the 400- and 200-meter races as well as a whisker-close second-place finish in the 100. He also ran the anchor leg for the record-setting 4×400 team.
Stockley placed no lower than third in all four of his events and Bess was a top-seven finisher in all of his. Scow, Gines and freshman Claire Iverson all placed in the top nine in high jump, with Gines also finishing in eighth place in the long jump. Personal records were achieved by the hardworking Crandall in the girls’ shot put with a throw of 28 feet, 10 inches, and by Abby Laswell in the 800.
Parker Grajek took the hurdles in stride, qualifying for the finals in both the 110 and 300. He earned a sixth-place finish in the 110.
Other state qualifiers rounding out the sprint and distance events were Chaylee Larson, Ashley Stockley and Emmy Heywood.
The boys’ sprint medley relay team, consisting of Jared Dansie, Parker Grajek, Jackson Dean and Hagen Miles, put points on the board with their fifth-place finish, and the 4×100 team flew to a 44.02-second finish by perfectly executing handoffs, claiming another first-place finish for the Wildcats.
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The 4×400 relay team made history at the meet with a new 2A state record. Brady Bess, Porter Fitzgerald, Alex Stockley and Isaac Tillett ran an excellent time of 3:24.93, beating the previous record of 3:26.64 that was set 15 years ago by North Summit.
South Summit’s Region 16 neighbor, North Summit, earned a state championship title for the 14th year, dominating the 2A division with a whopping 243 points. Seeing a lot of purple ahead inspires the Wildcats to run faster, jump higher and throw farther. South Summit’s 81.5 points placed fourth out of the 19 2A schools qualifying for the meet.