by Tad Barton
The San Juan High track team finished up their 2018 campaign last Friday and Saturday, May 18 and 19 at the UHSAA State Track and Field Championships held at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT.
The highlight of the weekend came on day one of competition when San Juan sophomore Katie Giddings claimed the 3A State Championship in the Discus.
Giddings was competitive all season, always finishing near the top at each meet she competed in this year but often just coming up a bit short of first. Some may say she was saving her best throw for her last competition, and it would be hard to argue against their claim.
Giddings started out with a couple throws around 95 feet before fouling on her third toss of the day. On her fourth effort, Giddings hurled the disc 102 feet 4.25 inches but was still trailing Veda Gritts from Grand, whose first attempt went for 108 feet 8 inches.
With two throws remaining, Giddings stepped into the ring and let it fly. When the discus had landed, it had traveled 109 feet 1.5 inches. The throw was close to seven feet further than Giddings’ previous personal best, but more importantly, it was the furthest throw of the day, resulting in a first-place finish and a State Championship.
In addition to Giddings’s win, the Bronco boys 4x100 team of Ethan Vess, Baylr Eldredge, Kian Conway, and Jaxon Torgerson placed third with a time of 44.40 seconds.
The girls 4x100 team of Shae Nielson, Tasiah Little, Rachel Barton, and Delaney Palmer also finished in the money, placing seventh.
The girls Sprint Medley team of Shae Nielson, Rachel Barton, Delaney Palmer, and Jessica Walker also placed, finishing sixth. When the final finish line had been crossed, the Broncos combined team score placed them 14th overall with the boys finishing 15th and the girls in tenth.
Individuals scoring points for the girls include Jessica Walker, sixth place in the 3200 meters; Rachel Barton, seventh place in the 100-meter hurdles; and Shae Nielson, sixth place in the 300-meter hurdles.
Individuals scoring points for the boys include Ethan Vess, eighth place in the 100 meters.
Congratulations to the athletes and coaches of the Broncos boys and girls track teams on a great season.
Spring academic all-state
At the end of every sports season, the Utah High School Activities Association names their Academic All-State teams. This award recognizes student athletes who excel both in the classroom and on the playing field.
Over the years, many student athletes from San Juan High have been honored and recognized for their hard work in these two arenas.
Adding their name to this list of players from the Broncos baseball team is Baylr Eldredge. Baylr is the son of Shelby and Ricky Eldredge. Congratulations Baylr.