PROVO - Kody Codner sat on a blanket under Orem High School’s track tent, slumped over from the weight of the amount of effort it took to win the four medals he wore around his neck.
Codner was void of energy but filled with satisfaction with the thought that he helped the Tigers repeat as 4A boys state track championship with an effort that consumed all of his physically and mental energy.
Orem held off Timpanogos (77-58) to win the state meet that concluded Saturday afternoon at BYU. By winning the 110-meter and 300 hurdles, placing second in the 200 and helping the 4x100 relay finish first, Codner accounted for 36 points.
”He was so dehydrated that he could barely stand before the 200,” said Orem coach Andy Jacobs. “For him to try to suck it up and run (the 200) is a test of his character because most kids wouldn’t have done that.”
Codner, who is a senior, pushed through his dehydration and exhaustion.
“Before the 300, I wasn’t feeling well and after the race I felt even worse. Everyone around me was helping me cool down and hydrate,” Codner said. “I just had to psych myself up to run the 200, my last race of the year. There was a lot of mental tension I had to get over. I just had to tell myself I could do it and why not it was my last race.”
Orem also got a big-time effort from Junior Tovar and Michael Jarvis. Tovar was second in the 100, third in the 200 and helped the team win the 4x100 and finish second in the 4x400.
Jarvis ran on the 4x100 and on the medley team that took third and placed fifth in the 100.
It was efforts like those that left Jacobs filled with emotion.
“We’ve got tremendous seniors. It takes a lot to win a state championship. The boys just kept working all year, Jacobs said as his voice cracked with emotion. “They had a goal and kept working towards it and that’s something we’ve talked to our kids about this year is to set your sights high and to go out and chase your dreams. We had a bunch of other kids step up and fill in the gaps because you can’t win with just two so we couldn’t have asked for anything more.”
One of the highlights for Timpanogos came in the medley when William Handley ran the final 800 meters in a time of 1:55, two seconds off the time he ran in last week’s Region 8 meet but considering he wasn’t feeling well and that he had already won the 3,200 and finished four 1,600 and fifth in the 800 he was happy.
“For three of us (seniors) it was the last event we will do in high school so we knew that we had to finish strong, it was definitely a team effort and I’m proud of what we’ve been able to do,” Handley said. “It’s been a huge blessing to run with these guys and to finish it this way was amazing.”
Maple Mountain’s Cameron Bates won the javelin with a throw of 199 feet, 7 inches, about six feet short of matching his own state record.
Davis easily won 5A with 126 points. Herriman was second with 92 points, followed by American Fork with 81 and Lone Peak at 75. (Complete results will be in Monday's Daily Herald.)
The Cavemen finished second in the medley, got second in the 800 when Casey Clingler finished less than a second behind Davis’ Logan MacKay and picked up another second with Justin Harmon’s performance in the long jump.
Lone Peak was paced by the performances of Jackson McChesney and Dominic Bentil. McChesney won the 100. Bentil won the 200, was second in the 400 and third in the 100. The Knights also get a second in the pole vault thanks to Lucas Taylor.
“We’re a really young team,” said Lone Peak coach Brad Molen. “The biggest thing that is hurting us is we have to get the field events covered.”