By Liisa Mecham London and Megan Jensen, Student Writer Despite weather conditions that were less than ideal, the Morgan High School track team returned from the 3A Track and Field State Championships at Brigham Young University with a number of excellent performances and an individual state championîChania Nagel in the discus. Nagel, who threw her winning toss of 123-03.5 on her third and final throw, claimed her first state championship and also garnered a second place finish in the shot put with a throw of 37-04.50. When asked what her favorite part of the season was, she said, It was during state when I threw my last throw and the whole Morgan team was screaming for me. I love the atmosphere that surrounds track! If she could give any advice to athletes striving for a state title, she says, Never back down and leave with no regrets. This hard work has paid off for Nagel; she will be attending Utah Valley University on a full-ride scholarship. Three MHS students were named to the Academic All State track team with perfect 4.0 GPAs. Karlie Dotson, Crozlyn Toone and Garrett Wheelwright were recognized for their academic prowess during a ceremony Saturday, May 16. Every athlete at the meet worked and pushed furiously to be able to compete at state; Morgan competitors were not exempt. Through the pelting rain and cold May 15 and 16, many of our hometown athletes reached their goals, whether it was placing or gaining a new personal record. The Trojan team placed ninth overall with the boys team ranking eighth in the state and the girls grabbing 12th place. Chez Stout raced to two third place finishes (100m, 4x100m), a fourth place finish (medley relay) and eighth place (200m). Morgans 4×100 team (Stout, Smash Lloyd, Spencer Larsen and Cade Moore) took the bronze and the medley relay team (Andrew Allen, Stout, Lloyd and Trevor Rose) claimed fourth place. Jared Carrigan, with a throw of 44-09.75, placed fourth in the shot put. Senior Andrew Allen came in sixth in the mile (4:32.22) and placed ninth in the 800m (1:59.91). Garrett Bills scored eighth in the 300m hurdles and Jacob Rice placed 10th. Morgan grabbed eighth, Larsen (11.48), and ninth place, Lloyd (11.63), in the 100m. Completing a great showing by the boys relays, Morgans 4×400 (Moore, Rose, Parker Padelsky and Brennan Norman) collected 10th place honors with a time of 3:34.54. In the field, Tyler Browning jumped 19-11.00 in the long jump to get ninth place and Ben Weppner also placed ninth in the high jump (6-00.00). Anna Cox was the girls high finisher behind Nagel. Cox jumped 4-11 to take fifth place in the high jump and took 10th in the 300m hurdles with a time of 49.18. The girls 4×400 relay (Logan Duran, Makenna Hopkins, Reagan McGreer and Poem Pinhey) grabbed seventh place with a 4:16.17 time. Coaches Jamie West and Brennan Fuller were very proud of their teams success this year and would like to thank all of their assistant coaches: Blake Nagel, Julie Duerden, Cherilyn Bennett, McKenzie Hopkin and Jake Dean for their assistance. With a team numbering over 130 athletes, these coaches have put forth a lot of time and effort this season to help a large number of student-athletes succeed and improve. The track team will be hosting a Youth Track Camp for kids age 6-14 at the Morgan High School track. It will be June 2-5 culminating in a youth track meet on Saturday, June 6. Camp will run from 9-10:30 a.m. each day. For more information, contact Coaches Jamie West or Brennan Fuller or get forms and pay at the Morgan High office.
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