Wildcat boys win Region 16 track title
May 15, 2015
The South Summit boys’ track team won the Region 16 Championship at Manti High School on Wednesday, May 6, by a score of 167-148 over runner-up North Summit.
The last time the Wildcats won a Region Championship in track was 1976, when they were classified as a 1A school.
First-year Head Coach Mike Grajek said, "This is a big accomplishment for our program. We had a feeling early in the season that we had a good chance of winning region. The athletes worked really hard, went out there and did what they needed to do to bring us this championship. I am just so proud of all of them for what they have accomplished as a team and individually."
Some impressive performances were turned in by numerous athletes throughout the meet. Junior Isaac Tillett continued his high-speed pace in winning the 100-meter, 200m and 400m events. Junior Brady Bess placed third in the 100m and fourth in the 200m. Senior Bracken Santos placed third in 400m, along with anchoring the second-place 4×400 relay team. Senior Daxton Hansen placed third in the 200m and fifth in the 100m. Senior Luke Siddoway placed third in the 110 hurdles and fifth in the 300 hurdles. In the 800m, Matt Jacobs placed third and Jacob Lundskog finished sixth. Matt and Alec Jacobs, along with Lundskog, finished first, second and fourth in the 1600m, respectively. The 3200m race saw Matt and Alec place second and third.
The field event competitors provided some great performances as well. Junior Mason Gines won both the high jump (6-feet, 0-inches) and long jump (20-feet, 6.75-inches) events with personal bests. Parker Grajek and James Scow placed fourth and sixth, respectively, in the high jump. James Scow also placed third in shot put, fourth in the discus and sixth in the javelin.
The boys’ 4x100m team of Bess, Tillett, Ty Jones and Siddoway placed first with a time of 44.62 seconds. The 4×400 team of Bess, Ethan Miles, Porter Fitzgerald and Santos finished second with time of 3:42.35. The medley team of Grajek, Quinn Zimmerman, Miles and Lundskog placed second with a respectable time of 3:50.
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The South Summit girls’ team placed third overall, behind North Summit and Manti. The girls had some outstanding performances, too. Senior Hailey Rydalch won the high jump with a personal best of 5-feet, 0-inches. Senior Jensen Myers placed third in the long jump with a new personal record of 16-feet, .5-inches. Senior Josie Grajek placed second in the javelin, fourth in the long jump and sixth in the high jump. Senior Melissa Sorenson placed fifth in the 400m. Senior Jesse Johnston placed seventh in the 800m. Senior Erika Hansen placed seventh in the high jump and long jump. Junior Melissa Maisey placed eighth in the 1600m. Sophomore Abby Laswell finished sixth in the 800m. Sophomore Reagan Coleman placed fifth in both the shot put and discus.
The girls’ relay teams all ran very well. The girls’4x100m and medley teams both finished in third place, along with the 4×400 team that finished second with a very good time of 4:26.92.
The Wildcats will be on the road again this weekend for their last meet of the year when they travel to BYU for the UHSAA State Meet. There are 24 athletes who have qualified for their individual events, along with all six of the relay teams.
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