June 23, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - Recently, Utah track and field wrapped up competition for the 2014 outdoor season. With the culmination of another exciting season, the Utes are looking ahead to the future thanks to a number of outstanding performances by incoming student-athletes.
Ogden native Sarah Feeny recently captured the Adidas Dream Mile at the IAAF Diamond League meet from Icahn Stadium on Randall's Island in New York. She ran a PR time of 4:39.23 while defeating a field that included most of the top-ranked prep milers in the country.
Feeny's recent time was the seventh-fastest high school mile ever. Earlier this year, she ran the event in 4:45.13, setting a school record and establishing herself as the top mile runner in the nation according to Milesplit.com. She also broke the state records in the 1600m and 3200m this spring to go along with her course and meet record at the Utah State Cross Country championships last fall.
Michelle Norman had an impressive senior season in California. Competing in the long jump, Norman turned in a leap of 19-10.5, the eighth-best mark in the nation. She followed that with a triple jump (40-6) that ranked 15th in the nation and earned her second place at the high school championships. Norman also helped her 4x100 team finish second at the state championships. Her PR in the 100m occurred earlier in the season with a time of 11.90 seconds.
Dakota Grossman won the Hawaii state championship in the 1500m (4:42.27) and completed her high school career with her fourth-straight 3k titles (10:34.77). She also captured four-straight cross-country titles on for different Hawaiian islands. Grossman placed third in the 800m (2:17.52) and ran the anchor leg of the teams 4x4 relay team as Seabury Hall won the state outdoor title. Her sister Hailey also won the 3k state championship in 2007, '09 and '10.
Shaylen Crook recently captured the Oregon high school title in the 3k finishing with a personal-best time of 10:12.27. She defeated the second-place competitor by almost 30 seconds. Crook also finished third in a deep 1500m event with a PR time of 4:46.83.
The Utes have two outstanding contributors coming from Wyoming in Mesa Weidle and Sadie Wassum. Weidle won the 4A 800m in 2:16.73 and is also the state title holder in the 400m with a time of 55.49. She was also the runner-up in the 200m with a time of 24.90. Wassum captured the 3A title in the 400m and placed second in the 800m after winning the event at the indoor championships two years in a row.