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Morgan High School boys win region track crown

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For the second year in a row, the Morgan High School boys’ track team claimed the Region 11 crown.  This year they did so in run-away fashion with a 44-point victory, 128-84, over second place Logan.

Morgan crowned seven region champions at the meet: Spencer Larsen-100m dash; Jarred Carrigan-shot put; Trevor Rose-400m dash;  Jacob Rice-100m hurdles; Ben Quarez-300m hurdles; 4×400 relay (Rose, Tucker Skinner, Brennan Norman, Hunter Hardy); and 4x 100 (Cade Moore, Bridger Miller, Norman, Larsen).

Anna Cox was a three-event region champion on the girls’ team. She won the 100m hurdles, 300m hurdles and the high jump.  The top six finishers in each event received medals and the top five athletes scored points for the team.  The top four competitors in each event automatically advance to the state championships in Provo, Utah, at Brigham Young University on May 20-21.  Other athletes who hit state qualifying marks during the season will be allowed to participate at state as well.

Coach Brennen Fuller reported, “Going into region we figured points and it looked good for our boys for a repeat region championship, and our girls looked to take third place. Those point totals proved to be true as that is exactly how we finished. I kept telling the boys that it was going to be ‘really close’ and that it was going to take every second, every inch, every point to ensure that they repeat as champions. It wasn’t until the second day when the announcers started announcing the team scores and we were up by 40 points that they started to figure out that I had been feeding them lies. They were happy and finished the day off with another region championship in the boys 4×400.

“Our boys led early and kept that lead throughout to win,” Fuller continued. “We have an incredibly well-rounded team this year getting points in almost every event. The top point-getter for Morgan was Spencer Larsen winning region in the 100 Meter Dash, second in the 200 Meter, first as the final leg of the boys 4×100, and third place in the Boys 1600 Medley Relay. Not only that, but I was incredibly impressed with Spencer’s leadership on the track and the week leading up to region. He works hard and always leaves everything he has on the track. This is something all the runners, hurdlers, jumpers and throwers pay attention to and follow his example.

“Our girls’ team had some huge PRs (personal records) and fought for some extra points we weren’t expecting. I’m glad they never backed down and competed to the end,” Fuller complimented. “Anna Cox was the top point-getter for the girls with three individual region championships in the 100 hurdles, the 300 hurdles, and the high jump; as well as running a leg in our girls 4×400 at the end of the day and helping them qualify for state as well.”

Coach Blake Nagel, who coaches the throwers, was very pleased with his athletes’ performances.  “Through a lot of hard work, they did very, very well,” he noted. Nagel also shared that on Monday, senior Jarred Carrigan was offered a track scholarship to throw for Utah Valley University.

“My boy throwers, Jarred, Dillon [Petty] and Cade [Moore] all earned points toward the region championship.  Jarred was first in shot and third in discus.  Dillon was fifth in discus, and Cade got third in the javelin and shot.”

Nagel, who has coached throwers at Morgan for a number of years, has had MHS athletes earn Division I track scholarship offers the past seven years. “I keep coaching because I have seen what a college scholarship can do for a kid at school.  If I can help a kid get a shot at the opportunities that athletes who attend college have, that is why I coach.

“On the girls’ side, Marcie Stapley had a third-place finish in the shot put and a fourth-place finish in the discus.  For a sophomore, third place in the shot put is remarkable,” Nagel concluded.

In the hurdling events, the Trojans finished 1-2-3 in the boys’ 110m hurdles and boys’ 1-2-4 in the 300m hurdles with Anna Cox claiming both girls hurdling events.  Morgan swept the Region 11 hurdling event with a champion in each race.

Morgan’s jumpers also dominated events.  The Trojans took four of the six places in boys’ high jump earning second, third, fourth and fifth 2-3-4-5.  Cox claimed the girls’ region title in high jump with Baylee Loertscher getting sixth.  In the long jump the boys grabbed third and fourth with Logan Duran and Baylee Loertscher earning second and sixth on the girls’ side.

“We are going into state hoping to surprise some teams and athletes. We have worked incredibly hard and I know my athletes are ready to leave it on the track,” Coach Fuller summarized.  Best of the luck to the track athletes as they compete and represent Morgan High at state!

Boys Results: 100m: Spencer Larsen (1) 11.30; Cade Moore (3) 11.57.  200m: Larsen (2) 23.40; Brennan Norman (3) 23.43. 400m: Trevor Rose (1) 50.63.  1600m: Payton Bailey (6) 4:43.00. 3200m: Carson Wilkins (2) 10:21.00. 110m hurdles:  Jacob Rice (1) 16.51; Tyler Browning (2) 16.65; Parker London (3) 16.70. 300m hurdles: Ben Quarez (1) 41.82; Ryan Devries (2) 42.79; Branden Brooks (4) 43.87.  4×100 relay: Bridger Miller, Moore, Norman, Larsen (1) 43.68.  4×400 relay: Rose, Tucker Skinner, Norman, Hunter Hardy (1) 3:31.81.  Medley relay:  Larsen, Norman, Rose, Christian McClellan (3) 3:42.59.  High jump:  Dallin Snyder (2) 5-10.00; Tyler Browning (3) 5-10.00; Ben Weppner (4) 5-10.00; Skinner (5) 5-08.00. Long jump:  Tyler Moake (3) 20-10.75; Browning (4) 20-05.00.  Shot put:  Carrigan (1) 51-00.50; Moore (4) 43-06.50.  Discus: Carrigan (3) 142-02; Dillon Petty (5) 126-02.  Javelin: Moore (3) 146-08.

Girls Results: 100m: Ava Anderton (6) 28.10. 400m: Megan Myers (6) 1:04.12. 1600m: Erika Parry (3) 5:44.20. 3200m: Erika Parry (3) 12:54.30; Bella Porter (6) 13:10.63. 100m hurdles: Anna Cox (1) 15.60; Camrie Duncan (6) 18.59. 300m hurdles: Cox (1) 48.23. 4x100m relay: Anderton, Logan Duran, McKinlee Skidmore, Kiah Jonnes (4) 52.54.  4×400 relay: Myers, Skidmore, Natalie Nielson, Jakelle Dickson (3) 4:28.10. Medley relay: Anderton, Jones, Myers, Parry (4) 4:50.00. High jump: Cox (1) 5-02.00, Baylee Loertscher (6) 4-06.00. Long jump: Duran (2) 16-06.75, Loertscher (6) 14-09.50.  Shot put:  Marcie Stapley (3) 35-04.00. Discus:  Stapley (4) 97-08.

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