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Girls' state track and field: Bingham's Stetler, Westlake's Christensen share pole vault state record

Published May 21, 2017 9:52 am

Girls' state track and field • Bingham's Stetler, Westlake's Christensen both clear record 12 feet; Stetler gets the win.
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Provo • Bingham freshman Hannah Stetler already traded state records in the pole vault with Westlake junior Adara Christensen earlier this year.

The pair of friendly competitors train together on a club team run in the offseason by Miners coach Kody Pierce and cheered each other on throughout Friday's competition at the state track and field meet.

It was fitting then, and not a bit distressing to either of them, when they both cleared 12 feet on their third attempts, eclipsing the previous state record by a full 5 inches set just a couple of weeks ago by Christensen at the BYU Invitational.



Stetler earned the gold medal because she had nailed every jump cleanly on her first attempt in the earlier rounds, while Christensen needed a few more tries, but she collected a hard-earned silver.

Stetler just turned 15 and has been vaulting for only three years, but she brought some attributes from earlier athletic endeavors that have helped her advance rapidly in this discipline.

"I was a gymnast, but I come from a track family," she said.

When she made the decision to quit gymnastics at the beginning of seventh grade, her mother enrolled her with Pierce the next day. It's turned out to be a terrific decision.

"I love this," she said. "It's high-paced and exciting. You feel like you're flying."

Stetler had actually cleared 12 feet earlier in the season at a practice meet, but admitted she was motivated in part by the desire to make it official.

"Compared to other freshmen, she's both physically and mentally more mature because of her background," Pierce said. "She couldn't have been much more prepared that way."

Her achievement and a gold medal by senior Whitney Rich in the 1,600 meters helped vault Bingham into first place in the 5A standings with 30 points after Day 1. Davis sat second at 23, followed by Herriman with 22 and Syracuse 21.

Box Elder had an excellent opening day with 29 points to lead 4A. Addisyn Peacock took silver in the shot put, and the Bees got contributions from several other placers to earn the tally. Judge was second with 16, and Orem third with 15. —

Girls' state champions

1,600 meters

5A • Whitney Rich, Bingham, 4:55.39

4A • Kate Hunter, Provo, 5:00.67

3A • Mic Webster, Cedar City, 5:06.12

2A • Sadie Sargent, North Summit, 5:03.43

1A • Bailey Wall, Tintic, 5:19.70

Medley relay

3A • Desert Hills 4:16.75

2A • North Summit 4:19.22

1A • Panguitch 4:33.35

Pole vault

5A • Hannah Stetler, Bingham 12-0

Long jump

5A • Jentry Skidmore, Syracuse, 18-11.25

4A • Paige Young, Orem, 18-1.25

3A • Sarah Ohlwiler, Carbon, 17-6.25

2A • Jaslyn Gardner, Enterprise, 16-10.25

1A • Madi Syrett, Bryce Valley, 16-0.25

Shot put

5A • Tori Bailey, Herriman, 39-8

4A • Mayree Ellis, Judge Memorial, 40-5

3A • Elly Williams, Desert Hills, 40-4.25

2A • Teanette Almanza, Delta, 33-11.5

1A • Kathleen Tomon, St. Joseph, 37-1.25

Javelin

5A • Nicole Freestone, Jordan, 129-8.75

4A • Lauren Olsen, Woods Cross, 125-11

3A • Abigail Woolsey, Richfield, 120-2.5

2A • Shelby Lyman, Enterprise, 124-7.2

1A • Bailey Wall, Tintic, 121-6.25

Team scores

5A • 1. Bingham 30; 2. Davis 23; 3. Herriman 22; 4. Syracuse 21; 5. Westlake 18; 6. Layton 11; 7. Weber 10; (tie) Jordan 10; 9. American Fork 8; (tie) Northridge 8; (tie) Hunter 8; 12. West 6; 13. Brighton 5; 14. Copper Hills 4; (tie) Roy 4; 16. Sky View 3; 17. Lone Peak 2; 18. Riverton 1; (tie) Clearfield 1.

4A • 1. Box Elder 29; 2. Judge Memorial C 16; 3. Orem 15; 4. Ogden 13; 5. Maple Mountain 12; 6. Provo 10; (tie) Woods Cross 10; 8. Salem Hills 9; 9. Mountain View 8; (tie) Olympus 8; 11. Timpanogos 7; 12. Murray 4; (tie) Springville 4; 14. Highland 3; (tie) Timpview 3; 16. Corner Canyon 2; (tie) Skyline 2; 18. Cyprus 1.

3A • 1. Desert Hills 58; 2. Cedar 20; (tie) Carbon 20; 4. Richfield 18; 5. Bear River 11; (tie) Snow Canyon 11; 7. Pine View 10; 8. Dixie 9; 9. Morgan 8; 10. Park City 6; (tie) Ben Lomond 6; 12. Juab 5; (tie) Canyon View 5; 14. Logan 4; 15. Ridgeline 2; 16. North Sanpete 1; (tie) Hurricane 1.

2A • 1. North Summit 39; 2. North Sevier 31; 3. Delta 24; 4. Enterprise 22; 5. Manti 18; 6. Maeser Prep 16; 7. Millard 15; 8. Beaver 10; 9. American Leadership 8; 10. Wasatch Academy 5; 11. Emery 4; 12. San Juan 3.

1A • 1. Panguitch 24; 2. Piute 21; 3. Tintic 20; 4. St. Joseph 19; 5. Bryce Valley 18; 6. Duchesne 14; (tie) Parowan 14; 8. Rich 12; (tie) Tabiona 12; 10. Altamont 11; 11. Wayne 9; 12. Milford 8; 13. Escalante 6; 14. Monticello 3; (tie) Navajo Mountain 3; 16. Wendover 1.

 

 

 

 

 

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