Provo • Layton Christian senior Alissa Atisme could have a few more state championships to her name if she had started running the 400 meters earlier in her career.
As it is, she took the title in the event Saturday at the state track and field meet even though it was only the fourth time she had run the race at a meet.
She finished in 59.93 seconds to earn her second Class 1A state title of the day at BYU in an event that she had resisted doing in the first place.
She finally was talked into doing the event after she "accidentally" missed it during a meet. The next time around, her coach had an eye on her and made sure she was at the check-in.
"I was more scared of it," she said. "I was scared to burn out, scared that I'd get hurt, scared that I wouldn't do well. But it's working out."
Even though she has proven herself in the 400, Atisme said she still doesn't particularly enjoy the race. But she is glad to have one more state championship to her name.
She set a state record in the 100 earlier in the day when she finished in 12.26, good enough for first place. The previous record was 12.56, which was set in 2006. Atisme's third state title came in the 200, which she finished in 25.91.
Davis captured the 5A team title behind a four-title performance by senior standout Shea Martinez. She won the 800 while also running legs on the medley and 1,600 relays. She won the 1,600 on Friday.
The Darts finished with 161.5 points, well ahead of second-place Bingham with 71. They won eight of the 12 events contested Saturday.
Herriman's Lucy Biles also walked away with three 4A state championships, helping the Mustangs to the team title. She started with the 1,600 (4:56.62), then conquered the 3,200 (10:32.18). Her final event was the 800, where a time of 2:13.98 put her on top of the podium again.
Brenna Porter, a senior from Sky View, also was doing some damage in 4A. She took charge of the hurdle events, setting a record in the 300 by crossing in 42.02, which eclipsed her old record of 42.25 and delivered her second state title this year. The first came in the 100 (14.51).
Panguitch freshman Whitney Orton enjoyed a successful meet by taking home three 1A title. She won the 800, 1,600 and 3,200, which aided the Bobcats in claiming the team title.
Park City, behind the throwing efforts of the Glasmann sisters, took home the 3A team title. Senior Megan Glasmann, who is headed to Stanford, won the javelin Friday before taking second in the discus Saturday. Chrissy, a sophomore, was fourth in the discus Saturday after finishing third in the javelin Friday.
North Summit held off Richfield for the 2A team crown.