Track Teams Poised For State Meet
May 01, 2015 11:23AM
● By Greg James
The Brighton girls start against Bingham in the 1600 meters. Photo courtesy of brightontrack.weebley.com
Track and Field athletes are always trying to achieve. Whether it is a personal, school or state record, an athlete’s progress is measured against the competitors of the past.
Brighton and Olympus athletes have made their marks this season.
Brighton senior Alyssa Hirschi demolished the school long jump record by more than two feet. She jumped 18 feet at the Copper Hills Invitational March 28. Her jump is the fourth longest jump in the state this season. The Bengals record had stood since 2009 and was held by Kristen Peterson.
The Bengals also saw the girl’s high jump school record tied. Senior Eliza Hansen jumped over five feet six inches at the Taylorsville Invitational. Laura Bruham had held the record since 1976.
Juniors James Deboe and Rhett Anderson and sophomore Christian Richard have posted the fastest boys’ times in the 100 and 200 meters this season. Hirshchi, McKell Kellog and Kalei Taylor-Stroud have posted the fastest girls’ times.
In the 1600 the Bengals have four boys within seven seconds of each other: sophomores Tyler Frost, Julian Pellman and Sam Ames along with junior Isaac Robinson. Junior Natalie Pelmann has posted the fastest girls’ time this season in the 1600.
Sophomore Jordan Brandt had a 49.05 second 300 hurdles at the Davis Invitational April 25. That is the sixth fastest time in school history.
The Titans girls’ distance runners have established their own school records this season. Olivia Hoj ran the 800 in 2:18.65 and the 3200 in 11:32.71; both school records. Freshman Katie Duckworth established a new school record in the 1600 at 5:11.18.
Titan senior Daniel Bickel has the eighth best high jump in the state. He jumped 5 feet 10 inches at the Davis Invitational.
Senior Max Spence has posted the fastest boys times in the 800, 1600 and 3200.
The state track meet is scheduled for Friday and Saturday May 15 -16 at Clarence F. Robison Track & Field Stadium on the campus of Brigham Young University.