MILLVILLE — The Lady Riverhawks didn’t get off to a great start, but they sure finished strong.
Ridgeline’s girls track & field team put a scare into a strong Bear River squad before settling for second place at the Region 12 Championships, which concluded Thursday evening. The Bears amassed 142 points in the girls competition, which was only eight more than the Riverhawks.
Sky View put together a solid meet and easily claimed third place with 118 points. Logan was fourth (74.5), followed by Mountain Crest (74) and Green Canyon (68.5).
“(Our kids) performed really, really well,” Ridgeline head coach Katrina Parker said. “I was very proud of them. ... Our throwers just threw phenomenally. I couldn’t be any more pleased with our girl throwers. We had some illnesses with some of our runners that I was expecting a few more points out of, and so we just came up short in the end. But I can’t be disappointed in the performance that we had.”
Leading the charge for the Riverhawks was Halle Livingston, who defended her region titles in the 100-meter hurdles and high jump, despite facing tougher competition this time around.
The senior outleaned Mountain Crest standout Alisabeth Apedaile in a photo finish in the 100 hurdles. Livingston completed the race in 15.180 seconds, while Apedaile was credited with a time of 15.185.
“I didn’t know if I had won or lost, but it was a good race,” Livingston said. “It was fun to have that level of competition in our region.”
Livingston was one of four girls who cleared the bar at 5 feet, 2 inches, in a very deep high jump field, but she was the only one who was successful on her first attempt. Teammate Aleena Wilcox was the silver medalist, while Logan’s Amber Kartchner and Green Canyon’s Jayden Beach tied for third.
“It’s good having that level of competition, working to improve for state, so that’s what I wanted and needed,” said Livingston, who like Kartchner is a first-team all-state basketball player.
Another Riverhawk who repeated as an individual event champion was Olivia Smith, who continues to play soccer and compete in track & field during the spring.
“It’s really stressful trying to balance everything, but it’s fun and I love it,” Smith said.
The junior handily bested her rivals in the 300 hurdles with her time of 46.10. Smith has continually gotten better as the season has progressed and will be a contender at the 4A State Championships.
“I feel really good about this race and hopefully I’ll peak at state just like last year,” she said.
Another Cache Valley athlete who continues to shine is Sky View’s Arianna Steiner, who showcased her tenacity by reigning supreme in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200. The senior dominated the field in Wednesday’s 1,600 and Thursday’s 3,200 (11:28), but had to gut out a win in the 800 — her final individual event of the meet.
The future Utah State distance runner held off Bear River’s Abbie Fuhriman — who beat Steiner earlier this season — to capture the 800 title with a time of 2:20.67. Steiner also won this race a year ago.
“I love all of the events, so it’s really fun to run all of the distances and run my hardest in all of them,” Steiner said. “... It’s so nice to have good competitors to run with. It definitely makes such a big difference when you’re running and you have people to push you, so it was great.”
Logan freshman Milly Garren prevented Sky View from emerging victorious in all six throwing events at the meet with her clutch heave of 105-10 in the discus. Sky View’s Ashlee McUne, who beat all comers in the javelin and shot put, finished third (96-4).
Apedaile put together an outstanding meet for the Mustangs. The sophomore prevailed in Wednesday’s high jump, and then earned a spot in the top three in all three of her events on Day 2. Apedaile was the silver medalist in the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles (48.32) and the bronze medalist in the 100 (12.93).
Sky View’s Katyrra Peck was the runner-up in the 200 (26.29) and placed fourth in the 100 (13.04). Other local athletes who captured silver medals in an individual event Thursday were Ridgeline’s Kaylee Perrett in the discus (96-8) and Mataya Forsgren in the 400 (1:01.42).
Several Cache Valley competitors won bronze medals in an individual event. They included Mountain Crest’s Addison Wood in the 300 hurdles (48.36) and Maya Miller in the 200 (26.71), Sky View’s Ellie Smith in the 100 hurdles (16.30), Ridgeline’s Madison Patrick in the 800 (2:25.33) and Green Canyon’s Bella Jensen in the 3,200 (11:59).
Logan’s Shea Davidson finished fourth in the 100 hurdles (16.82), as did Sky View’s Lydia Duffin in the 400 (1:01.64), Ridgeline’s Alexis Patrick in the 3,200 (12:02) and a trio of Green Canyon girls — Ryley Thompson (300 hurdles, 48.48), Dantzel Petersen (800, 2:26.32) and Kayleann Herzog (discus, 90-9). The top four placers in each event qualify for state.