NS track performs well in Old Capital Invitational

The North Sanpete Hawk Sprint Medley boys and girls relay teams took first place in their respective races. The team members are (left to right): Aspen Clayton, Linzy Flinders, Hannah Snow, Izzy Hightower, Skyler Mortensen, Wyatt Roberts, Karson Parish, and Parker Hightower. (Photo courtesy of Bill Bedford)

FILLMORE — North Sanpete Hawk boys and girls track teams each had their best finishes of the season this past week when they participated in the Old Capital Invitational on April 14 at Millard High School. The boys took fourth place out of 15 schools, while the girls ended up in fifth out of 18 entrant schools.

Boys

The boys started things off right when senior sprinter, Parker Hightower, raced to third place, finishing just off the lead with a time of 11.70 seconds. The Sanpete phenome wasn’t done for the meet and helped the Hawks garner many of their team points.

Hightower also anchored the 4 X 100 relay team that took second place. Joining Parker on the team were Brage Anderson, Wyatt Roberts, and Karson Parish. The foursome finished their trek around the track in 46.06 seconds.

Still not done, Hightower, Roberts, Parish, and Skyler Mortensen all competed in the 4 X 400 relay and also took second in that race, coming in with a time of 3:39.61.

And for the final race of the day, those same four also ran in the Sprint Medley Relay and the team came in first place, earning a medal with a time of 3:52.07, over four seconds faster than their nearest competitor.

While the relay teams were scoring lots of points, other team members were also doing their best to add points to the North Sanpete total.

In the 200-meter dash, junior Jamal Mayoul took seventh place with a time of 24.92, a continued improvement for a young man that is new to the track scene. Mayoul is also getting his technique down in the high jump, and finished in fifth place in the field event.

At 1,600 meters, sophomore Matt Hindes worked his way into eighth place to score a point for North Sanpete, while at 3,200 meters, freshman Eslie Allred came in seventh for the Hawks.

The past couple of years, North Sanpete hasn’t had entrants into the field events, but Coaches Bird and Pollock have done a good job of recruiting athletes in that area, adding to the running that Coaches Butler and Bedford have been so stellar in.

Junior Mcade Poulson is showing some good promise in the shot put and finished in eighth place in just his third competition.

Girls

The girl’s side also performed very well, and there are a number of new competitors for the Hawks this season. One runner who did very well last year and has upped her performance this year is sophomore sprinter, Isabelle Hightower (aka Izzy). Izzy competed in the 100-meter dash and bested all other runners, taking first place in the dash in a time of 12.94 seconds.

Hightower also ran the first leg of the 4 X 100 relay where she competed along with junior Linzy Flinders and two freshmen, Hannah Snow and Aspen Clayton, and took second place in the event.

Those four also ran together in the Sprint Medley Relay and just like the boys, took first place, earning medals and 10 team points. The girls finished over 10 seconds ahead of their closest competitors.

Flinders also ran in the 400-meter run and took a nice fourth place finish with a time of 1:04.71.

The girls are also working on their field events, and for the first time in a while, one of them broke into the scoring. Freshman Sydney Rainey took eighth place in the discus with a heave of over 73 feet.

The team will travel to St. George this weekend to participate in the two-day Dixie Invitational (results not available at press time).

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