High school track and field: 2023 Phoenix Invitational at Farmington High School

High school track and field: 2023 Phoenix Invitational at Farmington High School

by James Tate

Farmington High School showcased top athletes from over 20 schools and 750 athletes on a brisk Friday afternoon. Teams look to this mid-year meet as an excellent gauge to prepare for their region and the state championship meets next month. The meet’s highlight was a 6A state record discus throw by Layton High School senior Tyler Poole. Poole bested his previous 6A state record throw with a new mark of 189’9″.

Boy’s field events

photo of West Jordan athlete in shot put event

Poole feels good about his chances of doing well at the upcoming region and state championship meets after his record-setting performance. “Region is going to be at Davis,” said Poole. “It is one of my favorite places to throw at, and I am looking to hit a big one there for sure.” I will try and win the shot and discus, and that will be four times,” said Poole. After Poole’s new 6A state record shot put throw was Syracuse senior Jackson Stark’s throw of 141’05”. Poole’s great meet continued with another first-place finish in the shot put with a throw of 59’02”. Second place went to Davis High School senior Evan Forbush with a throw of 53’08”.

Davis junior Cashe Bennett won the high jump event with a personal best of 6’04”. Second place went to Copper Hills senior Joshua Pommerening with a 6’02” cleared height. “I came in tied for first,” said Bennett. “So, I knew I had a chance, and the competitors were going to be good, and I had to bring my “A” game.” “I’m really excited for the second half and warmer weather,” said Bennett. “I’m going to do good at region and state,” said Bennett. “There is only going up from here, and ready to do better.”

Farmington’s Dayton Runyon won the long jump event with a 21’6.5″ jump. Runyan’s jump qualified for the state championship meet, putting him in second place in 6A. Syracuse High School senior Brevin Hamblin won the javelin event with a season-best throw of 171’7″. Hamblin’s mark is the top mark in 6A this season.

Girl’s field events

Mountain Ridge senior Grace Tycksen took first in the javelin throw event with a personal best and state-qualifying 110’08” throw. Hunter High School senior Saraih Sotele won the girls shot put event with a throw of 39’09”. Corner Canyon senior Kalo Fifita won the discus event with a personal best throw of 132′.

Bingham junior Ryal Marin captured first place in the pole vault with a vault of 10’3″. The mark was the same as second-place finisher Katerena Aguero of Copper Hills. Marin was declared the winner by clearing the height on his first attempt.

Syracuse senior Teahan Moo won the long jump event with a leap of 16’10”. Davis senior Loryn Helgesen captured first place in the high jump at 5’03”, the exact height cleared by Syracuse junior Cortnie Barker. Helgesen cleared the height in her first attempt and was declared the winner.

Girl’s distance events

photo of girl’s distance event

In the 3200m Mountain Ridge High School, junior Cailey Bracken won with a personal best and state qualifying time of 11:12.88. Following Bracken in second place was Wasatch High School junior Kate Giles in 11:14.72, and she also qualified for the state championship meet. Layton senior Hailey Low finished third in 11:18.64.

The girl’s 1600m event saw Bingham High School senior Natalie Swain win by a slim margin over Mountain Ridge senior Taylor Jorgensen. Swain’s winning time was her season-best in 5:05.46, and Jorgensen finished in 5:06.20, a personal best and state qualifying time. Low again finished in the top three with an impressive season-best time of 5:13.84.

Corner Canyon High School junior Paige Rhoads captured the win in the 800m in 2:20.55, a personal best time. Jorgensen finished second in her season-best time of 2:21.70, and Layton’s Carli Nelson was third in 2:22.66, a personal best time.

Boy’s distance events

Fremont High School senior Simon Peterson won the 3200m event in 9:46.53. Second place went to Copper Hills High School senior Braden Smith in 9:48.38. Finishing in third place was Corner Canyon junior Grayson Milne in 9:50.46.

In the 1600m, Corner Canyon senior Connor Wolcott won in his season-best time of 4:18.81. Bingham’s Tanner Orton was second in 4:24.99. Dalin Holje, a junior from Layton, posted a personal best time of 4:25.88 and finished in third place.

Davis High School senior Brandon Geckler won the 800m in his first posted time of the season in 1:58.11. Farmington High School senior Spencer Bradshaw finished second in 1:59.12. West Jordan High School senior Alex Maxfield was third in 1:59.29.

Girl’s sprint events

photo of Rowland Hall’s Jada Crockett and Bingham’s Andrea Amoah

Fremont High School senior Amare Harlan captured victories in the 100m and 200m events. Harlan, the state’s top sprinter and the University of Michigan signee, ran a spectacular time of 11.97 in the 100m and 24.24 in the 200m. Bingham’s Andrea Amoah, a junior, placed second in both events with a 100m time of 12.43 and a 200m time of 25.11. Amoah’s 200m time was a season-best time for her.

Amoah’s teammate, junior Angelina Appel, crossed the line in third place in the 100m in 12.59. Third place in the 200m went to Rowland Hall High School senior Jada Crockett in 25.21, a personal best time. Crockett is the defending 2A state champion in the 200m.

Girl’s hurdle events

Corner Canyon senior Madelynne Taggert was the 100m hurdle winner in 15.51. Murray High School senior Abigail Grahn finished second in 16.09. Ogden High School senior Brinley Beus crossed the line in third place in 16.15.

Davis High School sophomore Eliza Swain ran 1:01.51 to win the 400m event. Behind Swain was Layton freshman Anna Ward in a personal best time of 1:01.92. Finishing third in the event was Farmington junior Katie Reaveley in her season-best time of 1:02.25

Taggert completed the hurdle double by winning the 300m hurdle event in 45.39. Copper Hills junior Lillian Smith was second in 46.53 and qualified for the state championship meet. Layton junior Janaka Seegmiller finished third in a personal best time of 46.69. Seegmiller’s time qualifies her for the state championship meet.

Boy’s sprint events

photo of boy’s 200m event

Murray High School senior and Weber State University commit Amari Adams completed the double event sprint win with victories in the 100m and 200m. Adams winning time in the 100m was 10.77, which ties him with Skyridge High School sprinter Smith Snowden for the state’s season-best 100m time. Adams’ winning time in the 200m was 22.03.

West Jordan’s senior Gabe Remy finished second in his season-best time of 11.00. Remy was a state finalist in the 100m last season and is moving closer to challenging for the state title this year. Third place in the 100m went to East High School senior Kevin Doe. Doe crossed the line in 11.01. Doe is the defending 5A state champion; his time is his season’s best. Adam’s teammate, sophomore Ryan Cahill finished third in the 100m in 11.09.

Corner Canyon junior Preston Rasmussen finished second in the 200m in 22.28, and West Jordan junior Dominic Overby was third in 22.39. Rasmussen and Overby’s times were personal best 200m for them.

Rasmussen captured the win in the 400m with a time of 49.96. Farmington junior Bode Jensen was second in a personal best time and state qualifying time of 50.49. Woods Cross High School sophomore Grant Nelson was the third-place finisher in a personal best time of 50.96.

Boy’s hurdle events

photo of Farmington’s Tanner Crosland

Corner Canyon senior Spencer Kirkman dominated both boys’ hurdle events by capturing first place in the 110m and 300m hurdles. Kirkman’s winning time in the 100m hurdles was 14.72, and in the 300m hurdles, 39.00. Kirkman’s 110m hurdle time is the top time in the state this season and a personal best.

Layton senior Chad Leon placed second in the 110m hurdles in 15.41, and senior Adam Goetz of West Jordan was third in 15.68. Farmington senior Tanner Crosland finished second in the 300m hurdles in a personal best time of 40.30. “I really was hoping for a sub 39 today,” said Crosland. “It just didn’t work out today, but I know with my training, I can run around there.” Syracuse High School senior Kellen McKeehan crossed the line in third place with a personal best and state qualifying time of 40.63.

Relay event results

photo of Corner Canyon boy’s relay

4×100 Corner Canyon 42.59
4×200 Corner Canyon 1:29.93
4×400 Corner Canyon 3:23.30
4×800 Farmington 8:13.20

photo of girl’s 4×100 relay event

4×100 Fremont 49.22
4×200 Fremont 1:45.39
4×400 Corner Canyon 4:02.72
4×800 Corner Canyon 9:54.95

all times and meet results can be found at RunnerCard Results

photos courtesy James Tate

2 thoughts on “High school track and field: 2023 Phoenix Invitational at Farmington High School

    1. You are right, it has been corrected to show Brevin as the winner with a throw of 171’7″. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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