BOUNTIFUL – With dramatic region victories under their belts, both the Woods Cross and Davis High boys’ track teams are looking strong as they head into state.
The Woods Cross High boys beat their closest competition by 112 points at last week’s Region 6 meet, taking the overall competition with a 119 point lead over second place. The Davis High boys won the Region 1 meet with nearly as dramatic a lead, scoring 94 points more than their nearest competition.
Both teams will defend their titles at this year’s state championship meet, set for this Friday and Saturday at BYU.
“Whenever you win by 100 points in a track meet, that means you had a pretty good day,” said Woods Cross High Coach Sam Wood. “We were a little conservative because we knew state was coming up, but the boys came out and did everything we asked of them.”
Both schools will head into their championships with a state record under their belts. Woods Cross High’s Cam Dopp ran the 300 meter hurdles at the BYU Invitational in 36.3 seconds, setting a state record and the second fastest time in the nation.
“He’s a pretty good chip for us to have as we head into state,” said Wood.
At the same meet, Davis High’s Trevor Leavitt set a new state record in the 400 meter, running it in 47 seconds.
“It’s the fastest time ever for a Utahn,” said Davis High Coach Corbin Talley.
The Davis High girls also won their Region 1 meet, beating out second place Weber High by 57.66 points. Taylor Cox set a region record in the 1600 meter with a time of 5 minutes and .02 seconds. The Davis girls are also defending state champions.
“We did really well,” said Talley. “I was really proud of the kids and how they performed. I love meets where they completely exceed expectations and just show up.”
Both schools are modest about their ability to defend their titles, citing other strong schools competing at their different classification levels (since Woods Cross is 4A and Davis High is 5A, the two schools will not directly compete at the state championships).
“There’s never any guarantee, but our boys’ team is definitely going to be in the mix to repeat,” said Wood. “There are some strong schools in the mix, but we’re hoping our depth and consistency will pay off.”
Talley is even more cautious about predicting the future of the Davis High teams. Several of the school’s most dominant athletes graduated last year, taking most of the teams’ state championship experience with them.
“We’ve got a pretty young team, but I feel like we’ve practiced a lot during the season,” said Talley. “We’ve put ourselves in a position to at least be top two on both sides, and maybe even come away with a victory or two.”