BY JENNIFFER WARDELL
Clipper Staff Writer
PROVO — For the third year in a row, the Davis High girls’ and boys’ track teams have swept the 5A state championships.
The girls scored nearly 100 points more than their closest competitors, earning 161.5 points compared to Bingham High School’s 71 points. The boys’ win was narrower but still comfortable С the team scored 117.5 points compared to Riverton High School’s 81.
“They put so much work into this one,” said Davis High coach Corbin Talley. “This makes it three in a row, and the seniors this year have been a really big part of that. It’s a good way to finish it off.”
Shea Martinez, one of those seniors, had an even better end to her high school track career. She earned four individual gold medals, the highest number she’s ever earned at a state meet. Two were in the 800-meter and 1600-meter races, races she’s won every year since she was a sophomore. The other two were as members of the girls’ 4x400-meter and medley relay teams.
“She’s never been able to get all four gold medals,” said Talley. “It’s kind of been one of her goals.”
Martinez was hardly alone in the gold medal department. Teammate Bailey Carling earned three individual gold medals, one as part of the girls’ 4x100 relay team and the other two in the girls’ 100 and 200-meter events. Last year, Carling didn’t medal in any individual event.
“She came on really strong as a senior,” said Talley. “We weren’t even sure we were going to run her in the 200-meter until a few weeks ago.”
Christine Van Brocklin, another member of the gold medal-winning 4x400 relay team, also took first place in the 300-meter hurdles. Teammate Jessica Richardson took first place in the girls’ discus.
On the boys’ team, Marcus Daley won a gold medal in the long jump. The boys’ 4x100 and medley relay teams also took first place in their events. Despite the relatively small number of first place winners, the team had several athletes place high enough to score points.
“We still won by almost 40 points,” said Talley. “Team depth is what won it for us.”
Team depth has always been the driving force behind Davis High’s track dominance.
The school routinely has many incoming students looking to join the team, and a network of coaches works to identify the strengths of each athlete.
“We help everybody find their niche,” said Talley.
Once that happens, the coaches help the athletes combine all their strengths into a greater whole.
“The team showed a lot of heart, unity and chemistry,” said Talley. “Everything came together.”