Ryan Raff crosses the finish line, winning the 3200 meter run for the second year in a row. | Douglas James

The 108th annual BYU Invitational was held Friday and Saturday, May 4-5 at the Clarence R. Robison Track and Field Complex. The annual meet features most of the top track and field athletes from the Intermountain area. Athletes from both Lehi and Skyridge High Schools put in outstanding performances. Athletes must meet qualifying standards in order to compete in this prestigious event. This year, 55 schools from Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, and Nevada participated.

Lehi High School—Raff wins 3200-meter race

The girls’ team earned 22 points, placing 11th in the meet. The boys’ team also earned 22 points and placed 10th.  With a combined score of 44 points, the Pioneers placed 9th, overall.

Anna Martin, a sophomore, took 1st place in the 3200-meter run.  Her time, 10:45.01 is the 2nd fastest time in the state this year and is a school record.  Anna also placed 9th in the 1600 meter run (5:08.40).

Ryan Raff, the standout senior distance runner, continued Lehi’s dominance in the 3200-meter run, winning this event with a time of 9.00.04. He was the meet defending champion in this event. Ryan also took 5th in the 1600-meter run (4:15.01). He owns the school record in both events and has the fastest time this year in the state in the 3200-meter race.

Amy Ballard, a junior sprinter, backed up her 100 meter win at last week’s Tiger Trials with a 2nd place finish in the 100 meter dash (12.46 seconds) and a 5th place finish in the 200 meter dash (29.59 seconds). She now has the 2nd fastest times in both events in school history and the 4th fastest 100-meter time in the state this year.

Trey Andersen took second in the boy’s shot put. His 53-03.00 throw is a school record and is the 7th best throw in the state this year.

Skyridge High School—Taylor wins 400-meter race

With 9 points, the girls team placed 25th.  The men’s team took 2nd with 46 points. The Falcon’s combined point total was 55, earning them an impressive 4th place finish at the meet.

Josh Taylor, a junior, took first place in the 400-meter run posting a time of 47.74 seconds. This is the 3rd fastest time in state this year. This is the second consecutive week that Josh was victorious in this event at a large invitational meet. He also placed 3rd in the 200 meter dash (22.24 seconds).

Austen Child, a junior high jumper, cleared the bar at 6-08.00 to earn 2nd place.  This jump ties him for best in the state this year. Austin won this event at the Tiger Trials meet last week with a jump of 6-07.00.

Monica Kauffman, a sophomore, placed 6th in the javelin with a throw of 115-09.00.  With this throw, she increased the distance from her 5th place Tiger Trials heave by over 8 feet.

Emily Stowers, a senior, placed 7th in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:18.32.  Abby Meck, a junior high jumper took 8th place with a jump of 5-01.00.

The Falcons relay teams also performed well.  The boy’s teams took 1st place in the 4×400 relay and 3rd place in both the 4×100 and sprint medley relays. The girl’s 4×100 team took 6th place.

The high school track and field season is drawing to a close, with only two meets remaining.  The Lehi Pioneers will participate in the class 4A, Region 10 Championship Meet May 9-10 at Orem High School.  The Skyridge Falcons will travel to Wasatch High School on the same days for the class 5A, Region 8 Championship Meet. Qualifying athletes will compete at the State Championship Meet the following week at BYU.

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