A late run over the final 48 hours of voting provided the margin of victory as Lone Peak tennis star Leah Heimuli overtook Whitney Turley from Davis to win the 2015-2016 Week 5 Preps Utah player of the week. This week delivered nearly 1,000 total votes as Heimuli claimed the honor for the week of Oct. 19.
Trailing in the voting for most of the week, Heimuli closed strong to finish with just under 50 percent, while Turley ended the voting period at 42 percent. Class 4A No. 1 singles champion Emilee Astle of Alta was third, while Livi Rockwood (Park City) and Sabrina Longson (Olympus) split the remaining tallies.
Heimuli won the voting for our athlete of the week after finishing second to Turley in first singles at the 5A state tennis championships. The senior is the leader of a Lone Peak team that captured the state team title.
Each week, we select five new candidates for consideration by the followers of prep sports in the state of Utah as the Preps Utah athlete of the week. Readers vote online on our website at PrepsUtah.com and the winner is announced on Monday, when five new nominees are announced.
The athletes nominated this week come from among the boys state cross country champions, as five talented runners look for your support: Casey Clinger (American Fork), William Handley (Timpanogos), Nick Hill (Pine View), Alek Parsons (Ogden) and Jace Richins (North Summit).
Vote now by scrolling down the center column of the Preps Utah website to the poll at www.prepsutah.com. Voting ends at noon Monday.