High school track: Orem boys dominate opening day of 5A state meet

If you follow athletics, you better get used to the names Jane Hedengren and Julie Moore, because you’re going to hear them a lot over the next couple of years.

The freshmen went 1-2 in the 3,200-meter race at the 5A track meet at BYU on Thursday, with Timpview’s Hedengren setting a new 5A record with a time of 10:34.58. Moore was right behind her at 10:34.78, just 0.05 behind the previous 5A record.

At the national cross-country meet in the fall, they finished second and third respectively.

Barring a classification change for either school, freshmen are expected to have many big race battles over the next three years.

“I’m happy. I was just going for the win today. It wasn’t close to PR, but I’m happy that I got to race against these amazing women. I’m just happy with the way I raced today,” said Hedengren, whose PR was set at the Arcadia Invitational in California earlier this season.

Hedengren is the daughter of former BYU steeplechase All-American John Hedengren. She started running in fifth grade and said she has been doing it regularly ever since. She admitted to feeling a little pressure with the No. 1 bib number on Thursday.

“I intend to have fun, but obviously I get a little nervous sometimes,” Hedengren said.

In the 3,200 boys, Orem’s Tayson Echohawk checked off what he hopes will be the first of three individual wins at the 5A state meet.

The junior edged Lehi’s Jefferson McMullin to the boards, winning with a time of 9:12.52. McMullin finished in 9:12.85.

He will aim for the tiercé on Saturday by running the 800 and 1600 meters, which are rather his specialty.

“I didn’t run too many two miles in my high school run. I know it’s going fast, I know it’s a fast race, but I knew I had a good kick so my goal was to sit with whoever was still first, second until that that I have about 200 left. Just use my kick to my advantage and all the while do yourself a favor and make sure I stick with that forward group,” Echohawk said.

Orem edged out Lehi for the Region 8 championship last week, and with teams expecting close competition for the state meet, Echohawk said he was happy he was able to pick up big points from team in Orem’s quest for a 5A repeat this weekend.

“I really want to help my team. We have a lot of great seniors this year graduating, and my coach has put so much effort into all of us and I want to do everything I can to get us that tag team state title,” Echohawk said.

Orem’s teammate Jackson Merrill wowed the crowd in the pole vault clocking 15’05.75 to win the competition. The Tigers’ other individual victories came with Carter Walker in the high jump and Mark Bryant in the shot put.

Orem has a pretty big lead after Day 1 with 65 team points. Lehi is far behind with 35.5 points.

For girls, the 5A is typically one of the most competitive competitions in the entire state, and based on Thursday’s results, it’s looking to be close again. Box Elder has a narrow lead over Mountain View after Day 1, 28.5-22.


5A Boys State Meeting

Team scores (across 8 events)

1. Orem, 65 years old

2. Lehi, 35.5

3. Mountain view, 24

4. Box Elder, 20

5.Springville, 17.5

6. Stansbury, 14

7. Mount Maple, 12

8. Provo, 11

8. Olympus, 11

Individual results

3,200 meters —1. Tayson Echohawk, Orem, 9:12.52; 2. Jefferson McMullin, Lehi, 9:12.85; 3. Isaac Hedengren, Timpview, 9:13.40; 4. JoJo Jourdon, Olympe, 9:21.82; 5. Liam Heninger, Mountain View, 9:24.42; 6. Austin Westfall, Orem, 9:29.71; 7. Tyler Martin, Lehi, 9:34.80; 8. Vaughn Wallace, Olympus, 9:37.43.

4×200 relay – 1. Mountain view, 1:29.52; 2.Stansbury, 1:30.11; 3. Maple Mountain, 1:30.38; 4. BoxElder, 1:30.81; 5. Lehi, 1:31.08; 6. Park City, 1:31.38; 7. Wasatch, 1:31.50; 8. Provo, 1:31.54

4×800 relay – 1.Mountain view, 7:55.02; 2. Northridge, 7:59.76; 3. Lehi, 8:00.61; 4. Olympus, 8:01.01; 5. Wood Cross, 8:01.17; 6.Timpview, 8:01.49; 7. Stansbury, 8:02.58; 8. Horizon, 8:14.16.

big jump – 1. Carter Walker, Orem, 6’05.50; 2. Cole Johnson, Orenm, 6’03.50; 3. Ethan Stoddard, Orem, 6’03.50; 4. Treven Strong, Springville, 6’01.50; 5. Matthew Topham, Stansbury, 6’01.50; 6 (tie). Noah Begay, Lehi; Michael Dodd, Springville, 5’11.75; 8. Joseph Eldridge, City Park, 5’11.75.

long jump — 1. Jace Welsch, Provo, 21’07.75; 2. Bryson Roberts, Box Elder; 3. Carter Walker, Orem, 21’05.75; 4. Niko Brown, Alta., 21:02.25; 5. Jack Lee, Salem Hills, 21’01.50; 6. Marcus Loertscher, East, 21’00.25; 7. Cole Mortensen, Box Elder, 20’11.50; 8. Michael Robinson, Box Elder, 20’08.75.

Shot put — 1. Mark Bryant, Orem, 60’06.50; 2. Erik Bryant, Orem, 60’03.50; 3. Teague Andersen, Lehi, 57’00.75; 4. Jesse Helton, Park City, 55’04.25; 5. Fisher Stokes, Maple Mountain, 54’06.25; 6. Brock Bissegger, Box Elder, 49’01; 7. Chad Pendleton, Maple Mountain, 47’05.25; 8. Jensen Somerville, Lehi, 46’06.25.

Javelin — 1. Walker Deede, Springville, 178’02.25; 2. Justin Tobin, Bountiful, 165’11.25; 3. Teague Andersen, Lehi, 164’05.25; 4. Jack Lee, Salem Hills, 162’07.25; 5. Cole Johnson, Orem, 161’04.25; 6. Chase Harding, Uintah, 158’11.50; 7. Slade Henderson, Uintah, 158’02.50; 8. Darant Johnson, Box Elder, 157’04.25.

Pole vault — 1. Jackson Merrill, Orem, 15’05.75; 2. Daniel Yee, Maple Mountain, 13:05.75; 3. Shawn Spencer, Hillcrest, 13’05.75; 4. Brendan Croft, Timpanogos, 13’05.75; 5. Tyson Morley, Viewmont, 13’03; 6. Bentley Smith, Maple Mountain, 12’06; 7. Tanner Evans, Cedar Valley, 12:00; 8. Naoto Robinson, Hillcrest, 12’00.

Jane Hedengren of Timpview wins the girls’ 3200 meter race the 5A State Track Championships at Clarence F. Robison Outdoor Athletics in Provo on Thursday, May 19, 2022. Julie Moore of Mountain View, left, takes second square.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

5A Girls State Meeting

Team scores (across 8 events)

1. Box Elder, 28.5

2. Mountain view, 22

3. Skyline, 18

3. Timview, 18

5. Timpanogos, 17

6. Spanish fork, 16

7. Lehi, age 13

8. Uintah, 12.5

Individual results

3,200 meters — 1. Jane Hedengren, Timpview, 10:34.58; 2. Julie Moore, Mountain View, 10:34.78; 3. Mari Konold, Mountain View, 10:40.22; 4. Emily Sumsion, Springville, 10:55.25; 5. Ari Trimble, Orem, 10:57.37; 6. Caroline Rupper, Brighton, 11:02.08; 7. Caroline Moon, Lehi, 11:03.11; 8. Lydia Beus, Orem, 11:03.21.

4×200 relay – 1. Spanish fork, 1:45.04; 2. East, 145.93; 3.Timpview, 1:46.03; 4. Park City, 1:46.03; 5. BoxElder, 1:46.05; 6. Olympus, 1:46.60; 7.Stansbury, 1:47.43; 8. Brighton, 1:47.57.

4×800 relay —1. Timpanogos, 9:23.97; 2. Mountain view, 9:30.77; 3.Springville, 9:41.21; 4. Orem, 9:43.61; 5. Horizon, 9:43.77; 6. Park City, 9:44.83; 7.Timpview, 9:47.77; 8. Abundant, 9:51.55.

big jump – 1. Kora Cook, Uintah, 5’04.50; 2. Shelby Johnson, Box Elder, 5’02.50; 3. Emily Gwilliam, Spanish fork, 5’02.50; 4. Summer Christensen, Timpanogos, 5’02.50; 5. Kate Murdock, Highland, 5’00.75; 6 (tie). Jordn Woodford, Uintah; Aspen Hardy, Box Elder, 5’00.75; 8. Abby Kirby, Salem Hills, 5’00.75.

Shot put – 1. Kennadee Vaughn, Box Elder, 39’04.00; 2. Teisa Halaufia, Skyline, 38’11.25; 3. Laisaane Toa, Northridge, 38’01.75; 4. Rylan Sears, Bonneville, 37’10.25; 5. Aneres Liufau, Provo, 36’11.75; 6. Jasmine Sisar, Stansbury, 36’09.75; 7. Alana King, Timpanogos, 36’06.50; 8. Ajah Rajvong, Lehi, 35’09.50

Disk — 1. Grace Knudsen, Maple Mountain, 132’06.50; 2. Ajah Rajvong, Lehi, 131’10.75; 3. Teisa Halaufia, Skyline, 118’10; 4. Ashlyn Reeder, Box Elder, 112’08; 5. Aspen Sorenson, Bonneville, 110’08.25; 6. Melia Finken, Lehi, 102’06; 7. Rachel Roberts, Viewmont, 101’01.50; 8. Ella Stoddard, Springville, 100’10.25.

Pole vault — 1. Taylor Yee, Maple Mountain, 11’03; 2. Anna Ames, Hillcrest, 10’00; 3. Maddie Grimshaw, Salem Hills, 10:00; 4. Liesel Ford, Lehi, 9’06; 5. Rosa Welch, Lehi, 8’06; 6. Sadie Reall, Cedar Vally, 8’06; 7. Emily Swain, Hillcrest, 8’00; 8. Adelynne Steed, Salem Hills, 8’00.

Edward K. Thompson