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Track Stars Start Their Season

May 05, 2016 03:53PM ● Published by Greg James

By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com

South Valley - The runners are crouched down in the starting blocks all eyes on the ground in front of them, poised to start the 100 meter dash. This is the crown jewel and considered to be the most exciting event at a track meet by some. The fastest and sleekest athletes line up and hope to take their places in the school and state record books. 

Herriman High School senior Dallin Tycksen starts strong accelerates half way down the track and near the end of the 100 he pulls away from his nearest competitor. His time of 11.16 seconds at the Davis Invitational is the second fastest time in the state’s 5A classification this season.

“We are pretty fast (speaking of his siblings),” Dallin said. “I think I had a back wind in that race I felt like I was flying let’s face it. We really want to compete against those great schools like A.F. (American Fork) and Davis.”

Tycksen may not even be the best athlete in his own family. Lauren (sister) has signed a letter of intent to play softball at Salt Lake Community College after she graduates this spring. Their younger sister Abby, a sophomore, is a sprinter on the track team also.

Abby’s 13.33 time in the girls 100 is the 14th fastest in the state currently. Dallin placed third at last year’s state track meet. This season he has not lost a race in his quest for a state championship. He currently holds the fastest time in the state in the 200. He is the state’s defending champion at that distance.

Mustang senior Kaysha Love holds the fastest girls time in the 100 this season. She is nearly seven tenths of a second faster than her nearest competitor and is the defending state champion. Emma Newbold and Love’s freshman sister Jasmyne help bolster a strong sprinter lineup for the Mustang girls team.

The Mustang’s Dylan Casady has a top ten state time of 15.37 in the boys 110 hurdles. Senior Ty Shaw has his eyes set on improving on last year’s fourth place state shot put finish.

Riverton and Herriman relay teams finished first and second at the Davis Super meet in the 4x800 relay. The Mustangs finished seven seconds ahead of the Silverwolves team of Matthew Parker, Levi Wolfley, Brayden Robbins and Ammon Baker.

The Silverwolves Colby Stone has high jumped six feet one inch this season. He finished tenth last season at the state meet clearing six feet on his final jump attempt.

Junior Caleb Rogers has had impressive shot, discus and javelin throws this season. He holds top ten throws in all three disciplines. Junior Katie Christopherson holds a top 20 time in the girls 800 this season. Tracen Warnick has also had a top time in the boys 1600.

Herriman placed second last season in the state track meet, 46 points behind Davis. Riverton finished 14th.

The state track meet is scheduled to be held May 20-21 at BYU’s Clarence Robison Track.  

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