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Sprinting toward the finish line
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Shain Gillet
Shain Gillet

The last spring sports high school game to be played this season will be Friday’s 4A and 5A state championship game for boys’ soccer.

After that, there aren’t any more spring sports to be had, and it kind of leaves me in a somber mood as I prepare to make some summer plans, both personal and in future sports sections.

These last three weeks have also proved that the county still boasts some of the best athletes in the state. 

As you’ll read on page 21, the Davis boys’ and girls’ track teams won the State 5A competition. It marked at least the third straight title for both teams, making their dominance in the sport common knowledge.

The Woods Cross boys’ track and field team is an even cooler story.

This school year, the football team’s streak of being on the short end of its games against Bountiful for the past two-plus decades ended. 

Just a few long months later, the boys’ track team went from just showing up at the State 4A track and field competition to winning the title outright. It all started, really, when the 4x100-meter relay team of Sean Barton, Chandler Judd, Derek Lord and Jacapo Spano broke the 4A State record at an earlier track meet. 

A few weeks later, they broke their own record and were a mere two-tenths of a second (or less) from setting the overall state record in the same event. Their showings didn’t escape the local news wires, and they were later written in as the “dark horse” to win it all.

Then there’s the story of Spano himself. A foreign exchange student from Italy, Spano is described by his coaches as a “real competitor,” and was granted the title of “Faster Than Anything Ever” by our own staff writer Jenniffer Wardell.

Also granted State Champion status was the Viewmont boys’ tennis team, which ended Brighton’s long streak of consecutive titles after the Tullis brothers of Sam and Jacob won individual titles.

The entire team performed well during that time С all five brackets had a Viewmont name or names attached to the semi-finals.

Six of the seven players reached the finals, helping the team obtain enough points to finally down the Brighton Bengals.

With Bountiful’s soccer team still in the running for a boys’ soccer title, it could mean a very exciting finish to yet another stellar year of local high school sports.

We’ve had plenty of other teams either win or come agonizingly close to winning titles this season as well, which means they will be closely watched next season.

Until then, I look forward to covering a few All Star events in the coming weeks, then will prepare for what will probably be a short eight-week break between now and the start of our Fall Sports Preview coverage.

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