Story and photos by Kurt Johnson
Editor’s Note – The TOSH Top 30 is our countdown of the top 30 stories from the 2015-16 school sports year, beginning with No. 30 and counting down, one story a day, to No. 1. The 2015-2016 high school sports year was filled with big performances, both team and individual. The act of narrowing down our initial list of top stories for our TOSH Top 30 stories of the year to just 30 was a difficult task. We asked people all over the state for input into our final list and beginning June 22, we are counting them down in reverse, from story No. 30 to story No. 1. Hopefully your favorite story of the past school year made our list.
Today we reveal No. 28 on our list, the combined successful efforts of the Davis High boys cross country and track and field teams.
#28 – Davis cross country, track and field finish on top
For the fifth time in six years, the Davis High boys track and field team finished on top at the Class 5A state track championships to close out the spring sports season. It was a doubly special year for the runners at Davis as its boys team finally reached the top spot on the podium during the fall season at the cross country state meet.
That was perhaps the most significant accomplishment for the Darts, who had been chasing American Fork for years while watching their girls team collect a number of championship trophies. After second-place finishes at the state cross country championships in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014, and a third-place result in 2013, Davis broke a six-year stranglehold the Cavemen had on the state title trophy.
It wasn’t about the top finishes of individual runners as much as it was an overall team win for the Darts, as their five scoring runners all finished in the top 13, but none of them higher than sixth, where junior Camren Todd was the Davis front-runner. Senior Logan MacKay finished eighth, with senior Colter Blanchard 11th, senior Colton Rimann 12th and junior Matt Ward 13th.
The combination was good enough to give Davis a 23-point advantage over second-place Lehi, while American Fork finished third.
The state track and field championships had a similar feel for the Darts, who relied on depth to run away from Herriman while winning five events. The key was the state placers all over the map for Davis, with a number of runners finishing in second position to deliver the critical championship points.
Senior Matt Calvin carried the day for the Davis field events with a state title in pole vault, while the runners found the top of the podium four times, including in the medley relay. MacKay finished first in the 800 meters, and Jaron Erickson was a two-event winner with state titles in both the 110- and 300-meter hurdles.
For the Darts, the team title made it back-to-back championships after a surprising seventh-place finish in 2014. That one broke a three-year run at the top of the standings for Davis, which won the 5A title in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Now the Dart boys head into the 2016-2017 school year sitting on top of the Utah high school running world.
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