Track Athletes Post Top Finishes
May 15, 2015 07:09PM
By Greg James
West Jordan junior, Cloris Palacios, calms herself before her eighth place finish in the 100 meter hurdles at the Copper Hills Invitational March 28. Photo courtesy of Greg James
West Jordan - Track athletes are always looking to break records: personal, school or state are usually the targets. West Jordan and Copper Hills track stars have accomplished a lot this season.
Grizzly junior Skyler Andam has the longest jump in the state in the boys long jump. April 25 at the Davis Invitational at Davis High School, he jumped 23 feet and ¼ inches, one foot and two inches longer than his nearest competitor. His jump is a school record. He also took first at the Grizzly Invitational March 28.
The Copper Hills team placed first overall at its Grizzly Invitational. West Jordan was not far behind, placing sixth overall. Twenty schools participated in the invitational. Syracuse finished second, Juab third and Spanish Fork fourth.
Seniors Ian Maxfield and Brian Worsham have established top hurdle times for the Jaguars. Maxfield has the third fastest time in the state so far in the 300-meter hurdles. He ran over the hurdles in 38.62 seconds at the BYU Invitational May 2.
“I am not performing as well as I should. I just need to compete more often to continue to get better,” Maxfield said.
At the Grizzly Invitational, Maxfield took third in the 200, fourth in the 110 hurdles and third in the 300 hurdles.
Grizzly senior Terrance Taumua ran the 100 hurdles in 14.85 seconds at the BYU Invitational May 2, the fifth fastest time in the state this season. Maxfield holds the eighth fastest time of 15.18 that he established at the Taylorsville Invitational April 18.
Grizzly senior Bailey Brooks jumped over six feet five inches in the boys high jump at the Grizzly Invitational. He also has the ninth longest jump this season in the long jump, with 21 feet 4 inches.
On the girls’ teams, Copper Hill’s Makayla Duncan has done well in the shot put and discus. She placed seventh at the Davis Invitational with a discus throw of 119 feet 8 inches.
“I feel really great. I have had an extremely great season so far. I hope it keeps getting better. I need to keep getting better because I want to win state,” Duncan said.
Sophomore Kortney Tucker jumped eight feet nine inches in the girls pole vault for the Grizzlies.
West Jordan senior Liz Maughn established a school record pole vault jump of eight feet two inches. Junior Cloris Palacious is within one second of the school’s girls 100 hurdle record.
The state track meet is scheduled for May 15-16 at Clarence F. Robinson Track and Field Stadium at Brigham Young University.