Tuesday, May 20, 2014


The Utah Track and Field State Championships were held Friday and Saturday at BYU. McKayla turned in some great performances! Her highlight was taking 2nd in the 3200m with a time of 10:54 making her one of only about 15 females in the history of Utah to ever go under 11 minutes in the 3200m.
She also had good placing in the 1600m taking 3rd in that event. She ran strong and pushed the leaders.
She also ran the 800m leg of the medley relay on both days (once to qualify Riverton for the finals and once in the finals). She ran a good time and Riverton took 5th. They were in 7th place in the finals when she took over and she managed to pass 2 runners who had a pretty good lead on her. The rest were just too far ahead.

The big news for Riverton was that the boys are the State Champions! This was mostly due to our amazing 400m runners. They took 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th! Yes, truly, RHS placed 5 runners in the finals and all of them medalled! Woohoo! Then 4 of those same boys teamed up to run the 4x400m relay and broke the 5A state record Woohoo! (Funny sidenote - McKayla has dated 2 of the 4 - Michael and Brandon who were 2nd and 3rd respectively.)
Shanley and McKayla share a sisterly-bonding moment amidst the state championship celebration.
McKayla and Taylor Cox from Davis High have been friends/rivals for a couple of years.
A picture of RHS athletes who qualified for state along with the coaches. Riverton had 25 athletes qualify (not all stayed for the pictures).
This is all the distance runners who are graduating this year. The three in the front and center are the three that qualified for state. As you can see, McKayla is not only the lone female that qualified for state, she is the lone female that is a senior. Coach Chase Englestead is on the far left. He is the cross-country coach, distance coach, and head track coach.
Most of the team came to BYU to support their teammates. Here is a photo of those who stayed to help accept the trophy!

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