Thursday , May 10, 2018 - 10:28 PM
Editor’s note: A previous version of this article failed to include the winner of the girls high jump event. The Standard-Examiner regrets the error.
KAYSVILLE — Katrina Broadhead had to get over it.
The Layton High senior is a hurdler, so she specializes in hurdle events, but there was one memory that played in her mind all summer.
It made her wonder if she wanted to do the hurdles anymore. It made her question if she could even do them.
Last year in the 100-meter hurdles final at the state track and field championships, Broadhead led by a sizable margin with two hurdles left.
Then every hurdler’s worst nightmare happened. Her trailing leg clipped the second-to-last hurdle. She caught herself and barely cleared the final hurdle, but by that time it was too late.
She finished fifth.
“It was frustrating because I had the title and after a second, it was gone,” Broadhead said.
Clipping a hurdle is a baptism of sorts for hurdlers. They’ve all done it.
Broadhead got over it with the help of indoor track and thought she was in the clear until it happened again.
It was at the Davis Super Meet in March and this time she didn’t stay upright. She fell. Hard.
But it didn’t phase her. It fuels her determination.
“On the last hurdle, I hit it pretty hard. Stuff like that just motivates me to run better and faster,” Broadhead said. “Yes, it sucks, but you do learn from them.”
At the Region 1 championships on a muggy Thursday with a slight but noticeable headwind, Broadhead won the 100 hurdles in 15.17 seconds, six-hundredths of a second ahead of Weber’s Jessica Reddish.
Coming into the region meet, Broadhead’s season-best time of 14.76 seconds was the third-fastest in the state, just .01 seconds behind American Fork’s Emma Aldred, who figures to be Broadhead’s main competition at the state meet.
Layton girls track coach Carrie Fredin says one can see Broadhead’s motivation every day in practice — motivation that recently paid off when Broadhead signed a National Letter of Intent to run track at the University of Utah.
When she visited the campus in November, she was unsure if she still wanted to run the hurdles.
When she started training for the indoor season in the winter, Broadhead was still uneasy about the hurdles. She knew anything could happen and, in her words, was “super mental” about it.
It took a while during the indoor season for Broadhead to get her mind back in the right place about the event. She slightly adjusted her technique and had everything working in her favor and finally got over the frustration of the state meet.
Then the fall at the Davis Super Meet happened. It scraped up her shoulder, but ever since, she’s run clean races, including Thursday’s region championship race.
It’s a trend she hopes will continue into the state meet. That memory of her stumbling and watching the race of her life, as Fredin called it, slip away from her at the last second?
Broadhead remembers it. But she’s over it.
WEBER GIRLS, DAVIS BOYS WIN
For years, the Davis girls track and field team ran the show. On Thursday, Weber ended the reign.
The Warriors won the girls region championship, their third in a row, by beating Syracuse 172-129 ahead of third-place Davis.
Weber had five first-place finishes on Thursday on top of two first-place finishes Wednesday. Sprinter Krista Farley won three events: the 100, 200 and long jump.
“Totally respect Davis, they have an awesome team and Syracuse is right there,” head coach Ryan Ortega said. “...In meeting with the girls the weeks leading up to this we had a meeting last week and we said this is a different region, and this is a different kind of win that we’re going for, and it’s awesome.”
The Davis boys team held off a strong performance from Fremont to claim the Region 1 title 170-147. Davis athletes took five first-place finishes.
INDIVIDUAL WINNERS, DAY 2
Boys 100 meters: Nathan Kaufusi, Syracuse
Girls 100: Krista Farley, Weber
Boys 200: Nathan Kaufusi, Syracuse
Girls 200: Krista Farley, Weber
Boys 400: Nathan Kaufusi, Syracuse
Girls 400: Elizabeth Butler, Clearfield
Boys 800: Zach Winter, Fremont
Girls 800: Mazzie Melaney, Fremont
Boys 3200: Bronson Winter, Fremont
Girls 3200: McKenna Lee, Weber
Girls 100 hurdles: Katrina Broadhead, Layton
Boys 110 hurdles: Andrew Simonsen, Davis
Boys 300 hurdles: Scott Davies, Syracuse
Girls 300 hurdles: Becky Swanson, Davis
Boys long jump: Kaiden Boucher, Weber
Girls high jump: Abby Triplett, Weber
Girls pole vault: Lexi Wightman, Syracuse
Boys javelin: Caleb Wuthrich, Davis
Boys shot put: Joseph Johnson, Fremont
Girls discus: Pele Fa, Layton
Boys 4x100 relay: Davis
Girls 4x100: Weber
Girls 4x400: Weber
Boys 4x400: Syracuse
Boys sprint medley relay: Syracuse
Girls sprint medley relay: Davis
Weber 172, Syracuse 129, Davis 122, Layton 112.5, Fremont 71.5, Clearfield 36, Northridge 13.
Davis 170, Fremont 147, Syracuse 141, Northridge 62, Weber 57.5, Layton 45.5, Clearfield 33.
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