Lehi senior, Trey Andersen, throws the shot put at the Utah State Track and Field Championship. Trey was the 4A state champion in this event for the second year in a row. | Douglas James

LHS’ Ballard, Andersen, State Champs, SHS boys relay team takes first

The 2019 Utah State Track and Field Championships were held at the BYU Robison Track and Field Complex May 16-18. Athletes from Lehi High School claimed three individual state championship titles and the Skyridge boys 4×400 relay team successfully defended their state title. At the state meet, medals are awarded to the top eight individual finishers and the top three relay teams.

Lehi High School (4A)

State Champions

Trey Andersen, State Champion, Shot Put

The senior thrower defended his title in the shot put with a throw of 52-07.50 feet. He also placed 3rd in the discus (151-10.75 feet). Trey has committed to play football at Brigham Young University.

Lehi senior, Amy Ballard, crosses the finish line winning the 200 meter run at the Utah State Track and Field Championship meet. Amy was also the 4A state champion in the 100 meter run and placed 3rd in the long jump. | Douglas James

Amy Ballard, State Champion sprinter

For the second consecutive year, the senior sprinter and long jumper earned three medals at the State Championship meet. This year Amy placed first in the 100 meters (12.4), first in the 200 meters (25.5) and third in the long jump (16-09.50 feet). Amy will continue running next year as a member of the Utah Valley University Track and Field Team.

Individual Medalists

Charles Jacob, junior, sixth in the high jump (6-00.00).

Lehi junior, Anna Martin, leads at the halfway point in the 3200 meter run at the Clarence Robison Track at BYU. Anna placed second in the race at the Utah State Track and Field Championship meet. | Douglas James

Anna Martin, junior, third in the 3200 meters (10:51.39) and fourth in the 1600 meter (5:11.88). She had an amazing season last year, winning the 3200 meters (10:46.59). Anna also ran cross country for the Pioneers in the fall, taking the State Title and was named the Utah Gatorade Girls Cross Country Player of the Year. Anna was recovering from an injury and did compete until the last few weeks of the season. She will return for what promises to be an outstanding senior season.

Tyler Oustrich, junior, sixth in the 400 meters (50.43) and sixth in the 200 meters (22.84). He also ran the third leg of the third place 4×400 relay team.

Isaiah Tauai, sophomore, sixth in the 110-meter hurdles (40.23).

Relays: Boys 4×400 team (Miles Wilcox, Ashraf Abudu, Tyler Oustrich, Jared Terrell) placed third (3:24.97). Boys 4×100 team (Miles Wilcox, Tyler Oustrich, Ashraf Abudu, Logan James) placed fourth (43.53).

Team Results: The Pioneer boys team placed sixth (39 points) and the girls team placed fourth(37 points). The combined team score of 76 points earned them a sixth-place finish, overall, out of the 25 teams competing in the 4A classification.

Skyridge High School (5A)

State Champions

Boy’s 4×400 Meter Relay Team

The team posted an impressive time of 3:22.40 to win the race for the second year in a row. The team consisted of Gavin Sturgeon, Bridger Pack, Nathan Mortenson, and Josh Taylor.

Individual Medalists

Skyridge senior, Calli Adamson, leans across the finish line in the 200 meter final. She placed 3rd in this event at the Utah State Track and Field Championship meet. | Douglas James

Calli Adamson, a senior, placed third in the 200 meters (25.81) and sixth in the 100 meters (12.90). After being one of the top performers during the indoor season, she was injured at the beginning of the outdoor season and had to take off valuable training time to recover. Calli will run next year for Utah Valley University.

Austin Child, a senior, placed second in the high jump (6-04.00). He was the State Champion last year with a jump of 6-08.00. He is still considering where he wants to compete in college.

Salote Fainga, senior, third in the shot put (35-11.00 feet) and fifth in the discus (108-08.75 feet).

Rachel Foster, a freshman, placed fifth in the 200 meters (26.10) and eighth in the 100 meters (12.97). The young sprinter had an excellent season.

Kimberley Harper, senior, third in 100-meter hurdles (15.75) and third in 300-meter hurdles (45.95).

Garrison Hodge, senior, third in the shot put (49-06.00 feet) and fifth in the discus (145-08.75 feet).

Christian Johnson, senior, second in the discus (155-07 feet).

Monica Kauffman, the outstanding junior thrower, took third in the javelin (113-00.75 feet) and eighth in the discus (98-09.75 feet).

Logan Sagapolu, senior, 8th in the shot put (44-10.25 feet).

Josh Taylor crosses the finish line securing the win for the Skyridge 4×400 relay team at the Utah State Track and Field Championship meet. Josh also placed 2nd in the 400 meter and 8th in the 200 meter run. | Douglas James

Josh Taylor, senior, the defending state champion in the 400-meter had the fastest time in the preliminary heats – and the fastest time in the meet (47.92) – but took second in the finals (48.60). He anchored the 4×400 relay team to a state championship and took eighth in the 200-meter final (22.68). Josh will run at Brigham Young University after serving a mission to Puebla, Mexico.

Creed Thompson, sophomore, sixth in the 3200-meter run (9:36.21).

Relays: Boys: 4×400 relay team placed first (3:22.40), sprint medley relay team placed third (3:34.08). Girls: 4×400 relay team took fifth place (50.80).

Team Results: The Falcon boys team placed fourth with 55 points and the girls team placed fourth with 47 points.   With a total of 102 combined points, the team placed third – out of the 24 teams competing in the 5A classification.

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