2018 State Track Meet first day 10

Orem sophomore Taye Raymond (center) celebrates winning the 4A long jump with third-place finisher Paisley Ballard (right), a junior from Salem Hills, on the first day of the 2018 state track meet at BYU on May 17, 2018.

The drama of the racing events sometimes steal the show at the state high school track-and-field meet but in Friday’s first day of the 4A competition at BYU, it was the Utah Valley field performers who had the most success.

Five athletes posted top marks in their respective events to set the tone for their teams.

The best event for Utah Valley competitors was the boys javelin, where local hurlers captured the top four places.

Leading the way was Spanish Fork senior Josh Trafny, who set an impressive mark with a throw of just over 200 feet.

Orem senior Cooper Legas (the defending state champ in the event) came in second as his throw of just over 182 was a foot-and-a-half longer than the throw of Tiger teammate Brinton Paulson. Rounding out the group was Salem Hills’s Mason Iverson, who threw the javelin 179 feet.

The other 4A champion in the throwing events was in the shot put as Lehi senior Trey Anderson (who is signed to play football at BYU) won with a throw of 52 feet, 7.5 inches. Spanish Fork’s Junior Iketau was second at 49 feet, 10.5 inches.

Area pole vaulters stole the show in their 4A events with a matching set of 12-foot clearances as Skyhawk Carson Peterson won the boys competition and Orem’s Lauren Merrill won on the girls side.

The Tiger girls also had another champion as junior Taye Raymond won the long jump with a leap of 18 feet, 10.75 inches.

Juab also had an individual winner in the 3A boys competition as Zac Cowan won the javelin with a toss of 165 feet, 6.5 inches.

Saturday will be the final day of state track-and-field action for all classifications. The meet is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m.

Daily Herald sports reporter Jared Lloyd can be reached at 801-344-2555 or jlloyd@heraldextra.com. Twitter: @JaredrLloyd. Instagram: @JaredrLloyd.

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