The Kanab High School boys and girls track teams spent almost as much time on the awards stand as they did on the track at the State Track and Field meet held at BYU this past weekend. A total of 15 individuals and four relays placed in the top six for Kanab, pacing both the boys and girls to a sixth place team finish. The combined finish for Kanab was fifth place for boys and girls.

In addition to all of the hardware taken home, personal records and school records were set on a regular basis. A total of 15 personal records were set, and four school records were eclipsed.

Notable performances on the girl’s side included Ashleigh Cserepes placing second in the 400 meters with a school record time of 1:00.32, breaking Samantha Hamblin’s 2004 record of 1:00.52. Cserepes also finished fourth in the 100 meters. Mariah Clayson placed third in the 300 meter hurdles with a personal best of 48.64 seconds. Marina Tueller placed third in the high jump with a personal best of 5’1.” Whitni Johnson placed fourth in the 200 meters with a personal best of 27.32 seconds and Lyndsey Robinson placed fourth in the 3200 meters with a school record 13:14.15 . Hannah Zweifel placed sixth in the long jump with a jump of 15’ 2.25.”

Both the girls 4 x 100 meter relay and 4 x 400 meter relay placed second at state. Members of the 4 x 100 relay are Whitni Johnson, Whitney Houston, Devin Brown and Ashleigh Cserepes. The 4 x 400 relay members of Whitni Johnson, Marina Tueller, Mariah Clayson and Ashleigh Cserepes shattered the school record by more than five seconds when they ran a time of 4:14.11.

Other athletes who placed in the top 10 included Taiylor Bartlet in the javelin, Calli Jackson in the shot put and Kaytee Glover in the 100 hurdles.

Notable performances on the boy’s side included Yanni Gallagher placing second in the 1600 meters and third in the 3200 meters. His 3200 meter time of 10:38.52 set a new school record. Tyler Glover set a personal record of 16.31 in the 110 meter high hurdles on his way to a third place overall finish. David Kirby also set a personal record of 51.30, as he placed third in the 400 meters. Cody Barber finished fourth in both the 100 and 200 meter sprints.

In addition, Jared Southwick placed fourth in the 300 meter hurdles, Daniel Chamberlain placed fifth in the shot put and the medley relay team of Alex Pool, Landon Tueller, Aaron Downward and Yanni Gallagher placed sixth. In addition, Jacob Preston placed eighth in the javelin and Kyson McBride placed eighth in the 100 meters.

Perhaps the greatest award of the meet was bestowed on Kanab’s Aaron Downward when he was presented the Academic All-State award for Track and Field. The Track and Field Academic All-State award is one of the most difficult to attain with the average GPA of the recipients being 3.97. With Aaron being the only senior representative of the team to compete at the state meet this year, the track team looks forward to many great seasons ahead.