It’s been a banner senior season for Sky View standout distance runner Arianna Steiner, who proved she was an elite athlete by finishing third at the 2018 4A State Cross Country Championships.
Steiner has continued her success during the track & field season, and she shined at last weekend’s BYU Invitational.
One day after destroying her own school record in the 3,200 meters, Steiner shaved time off her Bobcat record in the 1,600. She finished fifth in a deep 4A-6A field with an impressive clocking of 5 minutes, 5.04 seconds at the state’s most prestigious prep meet Saturday in Provo. Additionally, Steiner ran faster than any other 4A rival in both events.
Steiner was one of three Cache Valley athletes who scored team points in two individual events. The others were Mountain Crest’s Alisabeth Apedaile and Sky View’s Caleb Christensen.
Apedaile advanced to Saturday’s finals of the long jump and 100 hurdles. The sophomore finished seventh in the long jump with her leap of 16 feet, 10.75 inches, and eighth in the 100 hurdles (15.73).
Christensen followed up his bronze medal performance in Friday’s long jump by placing eighth in the 100 (11.64). The senior also teamed up with Jonathan Hansen, Tony Torres and Traeson Martindale to propel Sky View’s 4x100 relay team to the fourth-fastest time (43.48) — the second-fastest among all 4A squads.
A few other local relay teams scored some valuable team points, including a pair of Preston squads. The Indians competed in the 1A-3A field.
Preston’s Augustus Thompson, Kaden Barnard, Kollin Wing and Andrew Iverson were the runner-ups in the 4x400 relay as they competed the race in 3:30.76. Barnard, Andrew Iverson, Moses Thomander and Scott Dunn combined to finish fourth in the 4x100 (44.50).
Logan’s medley relay team reigned supreme against every foursome except for those from Bingham and Hurricane. Nathan Orton, Damon Simmons, Bracken Taylor and Ian Bressel teamed up for an impressive time of 3:38.77. Taylor also occupied the No. 4 spot on the podium in the 400 (50.85).
It was a good Saturday for Preston’s Riley Ward, who placed ninth in the 800 (2:30.04) and 11th in the 1,600 (5:33.80). The freshman was also 13th in Friday’s 3,200. Preston teammate Harli Hymas was 13th in the 800 (2:31.49).
A handful of other Cache Valley athletes scored team points in an individual event. Logan’s Isaac Phillips was the bronze medalist in the pole vault (12-11), while Preston’s Walter Iverson placed fifth in the 1A-3A field in the same event (11-5.5).
Preston’s Quincy Hyde powered her way to a big personal record toss of 35-0.75 in the shot put, which put her in the No. 5 position. Dunn finished sixth in the 200 (23.16), while Preston teammate Taite Priestley was seventh in the high jump (6-0).
Ridgeline’s Olivia Smith placed seventh in the 300 hurdles (46.16).
Other local competitors who finished in the top 15 in an individual event on Day 2 of the meet: Preston’s Josh Harrison and Sam Jeppsen in the 1,600. Harrison was 10th (4:30.58) and Jeppsen 11th (4:30.63); Preston’s Liz Lindhardt in the shot put (11th, 32-3.75); Sky View’s Ashlee McUne in the shot put (ninth, state qualifying mark of 34-5.75); Ridgeline’s Kaylee Perrett in the shot put (13th, 33-4.5).
Several local athletes fared well at the Bees Invitational last week — a meet in Brigham City rescheduled due to inclement weather.
The following athletes captured titles in an individual event: Sky View’s Price Morris in the 3,200 (10:32); Sky View’s Collin Robison in the javelin (162-6); Sky View’s Christensen in the long jump (20-7); Sky View’s Steinner in the 3,200 (11:50); Green Canyon’s Jayden Beach in the high jump (5-0). Beach and Robinson punched their ticket to the 4A State Championships.
Green Canyon’s Taylor Hinds posted a state qualifying mark in the long jump with her leap of 16-11, as did SV’s Martindale in the long jump (third place, 20-4). In addition to Hinds, other local competitors who finished second in an individual event were Green Canyon’s Ethan Fuller in the 1,600 (4:45.97); Sky View’s Hansen in the 100 (11.53); Green Canyon’s Branson Sharp in the 3,200 (10:32); Sky View’s Robison in the discus (133-0); Sky View’s Katyrra Peck in the 200 (26.89); Sky View’s Lydia Duffin in the 400 (1:01.23).
McUne was the bronze medalist in the discus (97-8) and javelin (103-2), as was Hansen in the 200 (23.32), Peck in the 100 (13.24), Sky View’s Dax Smith in the 300 hurdles (43.09) and Steiner in the 1,600 (5:19.84).
The Sky View boys finished second out of 10 teams with 100 points. The Lady Bobcats placed third with 88 points.
Preston came oh so close to upsetting third-seeded Pocatello in a Monday elimination game in the 4A District 4-5 Tournament. Pocatello, which blew out Preston twice during the regular season, needed nine innings to eke out a 3-2 win.
Preston scored twice in the top of the sixth to pull even at 2-2. Isaiah Smith singled, scoring Dillon Haslem. Jackson Facer crossed home plate later in the inning on a pitch in the dirt.
Smith singled twice and walked twice for Preston, which got a strong pitching performance from Haslem. Haslem allowed two runs on six hits, struck out six and issued two free passes in 7 2/3 innings.
“Phenomenal game,” Preston head coach Kenny Inglet said. “Very proud of these boys.”