Make-shift relayers surprise region crowd
With the completion of the Region 8 tournament, Carbon has only one more hurdle to clear in the 2004 Track and Field season.
If the May 5 tournament was any indication of the meet to come, though, Carbon is well on its way to exceeding expectations.
According to coach Stewart Foster, Carbon's boys and girls teams were expected to finish in fifth and fourth place respectively. The athletes silenced doubters, though, when the girls finished in second place overall and the boys took third, only five points behind Delta High.
Several Dinos also qualified for the state tournament, which will take place May 14 and 15 at Brigham Young University in Provo. In total, eight Lady Dinos qualified for the state meet, along with six male Dinos.
In the boys competition, Mont Harmon junior high freshman Paul Goodrich placed fourth in the 3200 meter run with a personal best time of 10.49 to qualify for state.
Bryan Stewart won both the 110 and 300 meter hurdles, qualifying for state in both. Derrick Potter missed qualifying for the state 110 meter hurdles by one place, coming in fifth.
Jacob Burrows crossed the finish line two seconds ahead of North Sanpete's Bryce Carr to win the 800 meter run. Burrows broke away in the last 100 meters after being in step with Carr for most of the race.
Dustin Hurst won the shot put with a 46'8" throw. Hurst placed fifth in the discus.
Randy Jones had a personal best javelin throw to take fifth overall.
In the 4x400 meter relay, Jacob Burrows, David Goodrich, Jacob Perez and Bryan Stewart stunned the other Region 8 programs when they won by three seconds.
The relay was the first time the foursome had run as a group. The makeshift team had been thrown together at the last minute, Foster pointed out.
On the girls side, Melanie Madsen placed first in the 3200 meter run and second in the 1600 meter. Madsen also anchored the 1600 medley relay, making up a 100 meter distance to propel Carbon from fifth place to third and qualify for state.
Amie Stewart had a fourth place finish in the 100 and 300 meter hurdles, qualifying her for state. She also place second in the girls long jump.
Allie Stewart placed fifth in the 100 meter hurdle and third in the high jump.
Brittany Banning placed fourth in the 100 meter run, which qualified her for state, and fifth in the 200 meter.
Banning also qualified for the long and high jump in previous meets.
Brittani Bently placed fifth in the 100 meter run. Danielle Olsen took sixth in the 400 meter run finals. Jana Burrows placed sixth in the 800 meter run.
Brittany Pollastro qualified in all three throwing events, placing second in the shot put and discus and third in the javelin.
Maquette Potts qualified in the high jump with a second place finish and took sixth in the long jump.
Andraya Newby placed fourth in the high jump to advance to state.
The state championships begin at 7 a.m. on May 14.