Prep track and field: Morgan notches historic day at Region 13 meet

Friday , May 11, 2018 - 7:56 PM

MORGAN — Five years ago, when Brennen Fuller started coaching the Morgan High boys track team, there were about 30 to 40 kids in the school’s entire track program, he said.

After three consecutive boys region titles, there were “around 200” kids who showed up the first week. 

“I’m telling my AD, what do you want me to do? We’re taking three buses to region meets,” Fuller said.

Success breeds success, which Morgan rode to a field day — no pun intended — at Wednesday’s Region 13 track and field championships at Morgan High.

The Trojans won 19 events en route to a dominant day where they took home both the girls and boys region titles. It wasn’t just dominant, it was historic as well.

It was the first time in school history that both the boys and girls track teams won region titles in the same year, according to athletic director Ty Mikesell, and the fourth year in a row the boys won a region title. 

In recent years — before the realignment — the girls had fallen short to Park City.

“The girls have been so good and just haven’t been able to pull off a region championship,” Fuller said. “It’s been really, really special this year because I’ve wanted it bad for those girls the past four years, and so it was cool to have the girls yell and scream and hold that trophy.”

Fuller thought the girls team was good enough to win region by a good margin, which it did. The Trojans bested second-place Judge Memorial 139-108.

The boys team more than doubled up second-place Grantsville in total points. The Trojans accumulated 174 while the Cowboys had 81.5, and four Trojans won multiple events.

Jakob Lenthe won both the boys 100 and 200-meter races, Abbie Cox swept the girls 100 and 300 hurdles and Ryan Devries won both the boys 110 and 300 hurdles.

Marcie Stapley won the girls shot put and discus by big margins while both the boys and girls 4x100 relay teams took first. Morgan also won the boys 4x400 relay and the sprint medley relay.

It’s good momentum for the team heading into the state meet next weekend. Fuller thinks Morgan has a good shot at finishing in the top three in both the boys and girls categories.

“We’re hopefully building a program and a dynasty that we can be proud of,” he said.

You can reach prep sports reporter Patrick Carr at pcarr@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @patrickcarr_ or like him on Facebook at Facebook.com/patrickcarr17.

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