Wildcats’ runners beat own time by one-half of a second at Invitational
BY JENNIFFER WARDELL
Clipper Staff Writer
KAYSVILLE — Setting a state 4A record wasn’t enough to satisfy Woods Cross’s 4x100 meter relay team.
Chandler Judd, Sean Barton, Jacopo Spano and Derek Lord broke their brand new record at the Davis Invitational this past weekend, beating the time they had set at the Wildcat Invitational only the week before. The new time, 41.95, is a full half-second faster than their previous record and less than .4 seconds away from the overall state record.
“We knew that the conditions weren’t ideal (at the Wildcat Invitational) and it was the first time all year that the entire team had been able to run,” said Woods Cross High coach Sam Wood. “We had broken the original 4A state record by .01 seconds. At the Davis Invitational, we had warmer weather and a little extra practice.”
The four runners hope to push themselves even further at the upcoming region and state meets.
“We hope to keep all the momentum going from the last few meets into this last portion of our season,” said Wood. “It was fun to see all their hard work and dedication pay off.”
Davis High’s Shea Martinez also flirted with the record books, tying the current state 5A record in the 800-meter with a time of 2:08.48.
“It was a really good meet for us,” said Davis High coach Corbin Talley. “Our team really came together.”
The record-setting wins weren’t the team’s only first-place victories at the event. In addition to his win on the 4x100, Spano also took home a first place in the boys’ seeded long jump with a distance of 7.01 meters. The seeded events required a special invitation to participate.
Nate Benson won the 200-meter open section with a time of 22.84. Teammate Taylor Dillon did the same in the 3200-meter open section with a time of 10:00.48. The boys’ sprint medley relay team won their race with a time of 3:38.24.
“We have a great group of athletes that are great competitors,” said Wood. “They love to compete on the big stage and they step up in the big moments.”
Davis High relay teams also had a strong showing, taking first in the girls’ 4x100-meter (49.53), the girls’ sprint medley relay (4:21.90), the boys’ 4x400-meter (3:24.08), girls’ 4x800-meter (9:18.56) and boys’ 4x800-meter (7:58.55). All the school’s relay wins were in seeded events.
“We won five of the eight relays,” said Talley. “All of our relays are looking really strong.”
In the individual seeded events, Davis High’s Ellie Child took first place in the 1600 meter with a time of 4:58.58. On the boys’ side, Seth Fortin took home another win for Davis in the 100-meter dash. His time was 10.80.
In the open events, fellow Dart Libby Fowler won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.45. Teammate Kaylee Brown received first place in girls’ shot put with a distance of 10.77 meters.
“I feel really good about so many things,” said Talley. “Everyone’s been working hard and training well.”