Track team strong in St. George
April 1, 2014
It didn’t take long for Park City High School junior Chrissy Glasmann to break her sister Megan’s state javelin record.
After Megan set the record at 156 feet, 3 inches last season, Chrissy notched a throw of 160’6" on Saturday in St. George at the Pine View Invitational.
Glasmann also won the discus throw on Saturday with a throw of 103’7.5".
The Park City girls’ team, the defending 3A state champions, ultimately finished in second place in St. George, behind only Herriman, the defending 4A state champions. The Miners put up 80 team points compared to Herriman’s 139. Cedar finished in third place with 74 points.
Though Herriman’s Lucy Biles won all three distance running events the 800-meter run, 1,600 and 3,200 Park City’s Alyssa Snyder broke the school record in the 3,200, crossing the finish line in 10 minutes, 41 seconds.
"That was the fastest 3,200 in school history, even though it was at high altitude," Park City coach Jeff Wyant said. "Alyssa had four races at this meet and the 3,200 was her third race. When she’s fresh, it might be a whole lot faster."
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But Snyder wasn’t done setting school records. She also set the high-altitude girls’ 1,600-meter record as well, crossing the finish line in 4:59.8.
Wyant is excited about how far Glasmann can extend her state javelin record this year, since she’s only in the first outdoor meet of her junior season.
"She threw 147 feet on her first throw, which was a personal best for her," he said. "She was only about eight feet short of the state record at that point. For the next five throws, she was so focused and so determined to do better."
Now, Wyant added, collegiate doors could be flying open for the younger Glasmann.
"Megan hadn’t even had her throw of 156 when she signed with Stanford," he said. "I think the best she had thrown was 147 at that point. This has [Chrissy] ranked number one in the United States right now as a junior. I think a lot of letters and offers are going to be coming in to her."
Though the boys’ team didn’t fare as well as the girls, Wyant said there were some positives to come out of St. George.
"Wes Miller qualified for state in the two-mile," he said. "And Ben Lykes qualified for state in the long jump. The boys’ 4×400 team also qualified."
The track team will split up for two meets this weekend juniors and seniors will head to Herriman for a meet while the freshmen and sophomores will run at Wasatch.
"That’ll be a good chance for [the underclassmen] to run against athletes their own age," Wyant said.
Overall, Wyant added that the team is focusing on getting stronger in some middle-distance events.
"We’re trying to focus on the longer sprints the 400 and 200," he said. "We need to get some points there. That’s traditionally been a weak spot on our team."
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