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Morgan track and field is growing by leaps and bounds

Article Date: 
18 April, 2014 (All day)

The Morgan High School Trojans Track and Field team has suddenly become a state contender with over 100 students participating.  Many athletes are receiving great attention not only locally, but by state and nationwide colleges and universities.
As one coach put it, “Track and field is a unique sport in that everyone who participates in the sport competes.  They do not sit on a bench or only play when needed, but perform at each and every event.  They are only limited by their own abilities and hard work. Last season track and field had the only Morgan athlete to receive a D1 scholarship, but this year we have several students being recruited by colleges and universities to be part of their student/athlete track and field national programs.”
On Saturday, April 12, 49 schools traveled to Copper Hills High School in West Jordan for a massive invitational track meet. The warm sun welcomed the athletes who, up until now, had been training in far more adverse conditions. The strength of Morgan’s athleticism and teamwork came shining through in front of much larger schools. Both the boys and girls squads consistently placed in event after event throughout the entire day for a strong overall finish.
After the many races, the girls ended up taking home a third place finish and the boys finished in seventh place. When placed solely against the 3A schools, the team’s scores were even more impressive as both the boys and the girls ended up in first place. 
Coach Jamie West shares that this meet may have been her “favorite day so far this season…because the heart of the ‘team’ showed at this meet. There were so many people stepping up and they really went for it for the team.” 
The hard work and dedication paid off as teammate after teammate ran their hearts out. The students placing for the team were: Austin Hopkins - sixth in the 100, third in the 200, fifth in the 4x400; Kyle Stapley - fourth in shot; Andrew Allen- second in 800; Hayden Garfield -eighth in 400; Smash Loyd - third in vault; Boys 4x100-sixth;  boys sprint medley eighth (Smash, Logan Sandoval, Peyton, Christian McClellan); Chania Nagel - tjord in shot second in disc; Sydney Wixom - sixth in jav.; Chandler Weitzel - second in 100, third in 200; Bre Hurlbut - fifth – 400; Girls Spring Medley- fourth (Micheala Mortensen, Ashlyn Warner, Emma Edwards, Andrea Millburn); Girls 4x100 - fifth; Girls and Boys 4x400’s third.
Qualifying for state were Austin Hopkins in the 200, Chez in the 100 and Kyle Stapley in shot.
Pole vaulting is not allowed by the UHSSA in 3A schools or lower, so Smash has to practice with one of the schools in the lower valley.
While the team was busy racing their hearts out at the Copper Hills invite, team member Britten Duerden traveled to California to compete in the prestigious Arcadia Invitational. This invitational is one of the most premier track and field meets in the nation, bringing in some of the best athletes from across the country to compete. 
Britten is currently ranked fourth in the nation in the high jump and her jump at this meet did not disappoint. Jumping an impressive 5’9”, Britten brought home the third place medal. Although they were not able to be there to cheer her on, her teammates couldn’t be more proud of her. 
Morgan’s next meet will be the Pocket Change Invitational held right here in Morgan. Starting at 9 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, April 19, the Morgan High track and field team would love to have your support as they compete against other great runners from all over Northern Utah. Everyone is invited.  There will not only be great competition, but great refreshments and lots of sunshine as well.
Local businesses and individuals came together recently to help improve the track and field shot put and broad jump pits for the students’ upcoming meets. 
The track team would like to thank Mecham Bros., especially Verl Mecham, for the donation of sand and labor to rejuvenate the field pits.  Also Ace Hardware for donating equipment and man power to complete the tasks as well as the parents and grandparents who pitched in with shovels and rakes to finish the project.
Also, a special thank you must go out to new Head Coach Jamie West along with assistant coaches Brennan Fuller (who is also our cross-country coach), Julie Duerden and Blake Nagel.  Without these wonderful people, the team would not be performing this high level of competition.