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Provo • Timpanogos' Jacob Heslington was pleased to defend his Class 4A state title in the 1,600 meters during Friday's state track meet at BYU.
But there also was a little disappointment.
He fell just short of breaking the state record in the event, crossing the line in 4 minutes, 12.22 seconds. The state record is 4:11.38, which was set in 2001.
Bingham junior Andrew Brewer fell victim to a similar fate in the 5A race. His time of 4:13.8 was just behind the record of 4:13, which has stood since 1997.
Ben Lomond senior Ty Fejerang enjoyed the spoils of being a year older in the 3A high jump. He finished behind five seniors last year, but with those athletes gone and an increase of an inch, he captured the state crown by clearing 6 foot 3. Wasatch's Talem Franco was forced to settle for second place for the second year in a row in the 3A 1,600.
He was content with the outcome of his final high school race and even flashed a satisfied grin as he walked off the track despite finishing second to Park City's Ben Saarel for the second year in a row.
"I'm expecting to improve on my time and do the best I can do," Franco said. "It feels good."
The top of the podium was identical to last year, with Ogden's Jordon Cross finishing in third place. Cross jumped out to a quick lead and held that spot for more than a full lap, but there was no fending off Saarel and Franco.
"It was just a fun race," Franco said. "I'm so happy to be able to run with Ben all these years. It's been fun. He's been pushing me to do my best, and I wish him the best."