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School records fall as Kanab High School track gears up for post season competition

Due to the BYU High School Invitational changing the way athletes could qualify for their meet this year, many schools opted for other meets last weekend. The Cowboys traveled to Price, Utah, along with 33 other high schools, to compete in the Dino Tracks Invitational.

Left to right, photos by Samantha LeFevre:

  • Lydia Beazer touches down during the long jump. Beazer qualified for the 2024 State Championships in both the long jump and the javelin.

  • Troy Federkeil lunges for the finish line during the 200-meter sprint. Federkeil qualified for State in both the 200 meters and the 100 meters during the Dino Tracks Invitational.

  • Dixon Kelly gathers momentum as he prepares to throw the Discus last weekend at the Dino Tracks Invitational. Kelly ended up scoring in both the Discus and Javelin at the meet.

The competition was great, and the Cowboy team was no different. Troy Federkeil had an absolutely stellar weekend, qualifying for state in both the 100 and 200 meters, running times of 11.69 and 23.69 in the process. Dixon Kelly won the Javelin with a throw of 166’ 5” and took fourth in the Discus with a toss of 122’ 9”. Wyatt Orton won the Shot Put with a throw of 41’ 5.75” with teammates Braxton Hirschi taking second (41’ 4”), and Nate Stewart taking fourth (40’9”). Stewart was also able to place second in the Javelin behind Kelly with a career best toss of 156’ 6”.

Preston Brown continued his climb in the rankings by running a career best time in both the 100 meters (11.44) and the 200 meters (22.78). His 200-meter time was just 0.01 behind Delta’s Kadence Lovell and good enough to earn him second place, while he was able to capture third place in the 100 meters as well. Dominic Martinez took full advantage of the conditions to jump a career best of 20’ 7.75”, earning himself a fourth-place finish and five points for his team. Other top eight finishers for the Cowboys were Karter Ramsay in the Discus and Troy Federkeil in the 200. When all was said and done, the Kanab Cowboys took home the trophy (or dinosaur in this case) for their first-place team finish! The Cowboys are looking great as they gear up for State competition next weekend in Provo, Utah, at the Clarence Robinson Track & Field Complex at BYU.

Lady Cowboy track and field were also firing on all cylinders during the Dino Track Invitational, scoring a whopping four new state qualifying marks, multiple medals and a fourth-place team finish. The girls were led by Senior Haylie McQuivey who won the Javelin with a throw of 107’ 7” and took fifth in the Shot Put with a heave of 28’ 10.75”. Teammate Lydia Beazer wound up taking the silver in the Javelin behind McQuivey, with a toss of 106’ 11”. The throw was enough to qualify Beazer for the State Championships next week.

Beazer didn’t stop there, she was able to punch her ticket to state, yet again, when she took to the long jump runway. Her jump of 15’ 7.75” was not only enough to qualify the Senior, but to land her in 5th place overall in the event. Following closely behind with a leap of 15’7” was teammate Emilie Gilberg, who also was able to punch her ticket to state in the event and place her sixth overall. Gilberg was also able to contribute four points to her team, by placing fifth in the high jump (4’9”).

Other highlights for the meet came from Alie Johnson, running a state qualifying time of 13.49 in the 100 meters, the Medley relay team placing fourth overall (O. Raddatz, D. Davis, A. Johnson, S. Bateman), and Janae Beckstead placing seventh in the Discus.

While her team was competing up in Price, Kenidee Glazier stepped onto the biggest stage yet of her career, making into the fastest heat of both the 1600 meters and the 3200 meters of the BYU Invitational. Glazier went stride for stride with the top runners in the nation as she raced to a time of 10:53.56 in the 3200 meters, placing her just off the podium in ninth place. She then regrouped and took to the track again the next day in the 1600 meters. She was able to put herself in great position and raced to a seventh-place finish, with a time of 5:02.33. The winner of that race, Jane Hendigren of Timpview ran the fastest time ever clocked in the state of Utah by a high school girl, clocking an astounding time of 4:37.72. Both Glazier’s times were personal bests for the Sophomore, effectively breaking both her school records in the events.

Dixon Kelly also pulled double duty during the weekend: after winning the Dino Tracks Invitational on Friday, Kelly entered the Javelin competition at the BYU Invitational on Saturday afternoon. He went into the meet in 14th place amongst some stiff competition, but the Junior didn’t let that phase him one bit. His second throw of the competition was a whopping, 175’ 9”, a nine-foot personal best, a new school record and enough to land him on the podium in eighth place overall. The previous record of 169’ 8.75” was held by Justus Waters-Tait, set back in 2019.

The Cowboys and Lady Cowboys are looking great heading into post season competition.

By the time this edition of the paper prints, the Region Championships will have concluded - Wednesday, May 8, at Pine View High School. Look for a recap in next week’s edition of the SUN!

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