BYU’s Robison Track is regarded as a wonderfully fast one. Kanab’s Luke Crosby found out just how hot it can be, too.
And also how quickly he could become a state-meet legend.
The senior won three sprint events, most notably, ending the 400-meter relay with a diving win. He took the handoff with a three-yard deficit Saturday and caught up in the last five yards.
The football receiver of past falls made the diving catch-up, as it were.
“It was pretty wild,” Crosby said near the end of the meet, right after he won the 200-yard dash in 2A (he also took the 100). “It’s on my Facebook page now.”
It became easily one of the day’s closer races, as Kanab’s 400 relay team edged out San Juan by one-hundredth of a second (43.64) for the 2A title.
Crosby had a medical souvenir from the kamikaze play, too. His right elbow was soon wrapped with tape. He also had to wear another jersey, because his sported burn holes after he landed flat on the blue, rubber surface that is mostly known for being sleek and quick — not molten lava.
Championship-day temperatures approached 80 degrees, which the southern Utah competitors laughed off as nothing extraordinary while the Wasatch Front folks sometimes bemoaned the hottest days of the spring so far.
It was a strong day for local teams, which included Panguitch winning the 1A boys title again, along with the girls’ championship.
Desert Hills also won the 3A team title for the second consecutive year, and took home first place with the boys.
Desert Hills coach Dace Goulding commended a strong team that had points from all over the place.
The day started with the 3,200-meter race, which featured five Desert Hills runners getting 3A team points, starting with Joshua Thatcher in second place and Ben Powell along with John McPhie right behind him. (Joshua McPhie also placed sixth.)
“I think that we exceeded our expectations in that event,” Goulding said. “In the past, we’ve run some personal bests. But this year, as far as the group, we really had to pull our points from the distance kids.”
Caleb Whitney took second in the 110 hurdles for the Thunder.
Blake Kvarfordt finished first in the 3A shot put, winning by more than a foot (53 feet, nine inches) against a stacked field.
One of the overall meet’s points standouts was Chandler Swaney, who won Friday’s 3A high jump, and took fourth in the 100 final to add five more team points for the Thunder. He also took second in the long jump and fourth in the 200, the final individual event of the day.
Panguitch saw a peppering of points all over the meet, as well.
Keldon Norris was the runner-up in the 1A 110 hurdles as part of his final high school meet, and also took second in the 800.
Tyce Barney won the discus and javelin, and was fourth in the high jump — exemplifying Panguitch’s dedication and balance.
“Tyce spends a lot of time at it,” coach Troy Norris said, also crediting an unusually large coaching staff (considering school size) of six. “But it’s like a lot of our team. We’re just really balanced.”
Along with Crosby, Kanab teammate Daven Russell won the 2A shot put.
Also of note, Snow Canyon’s Thom Jensen took second in the 3A 300 hurdles.
Bryan Pearson of Cedar took home a St. George-heavy contested event in the 3A 800, as five of the top eight finishers were from nearby.