High school boys track: Hunter Woodhall sets another record as Syracuse eyes 5A title

PROVO — Syracuse’s Hunter Woodhall continues to leave a wake of state records in his path as he wraps up his high school career.

Woodhall, who runs on two prosthetic legs, came into Friday’s state meet as the state-record holder in the 400 meters in addition to running the anchor leg in Syracuse’s state-record 4×400 relay team earlier this season.

On Friday, in one of the last races of the day at BYU, Woodhall added another record to his resume as he ran his 200 meter qualifying heat in a time of 21.32. It broke the previous state record of 21.35 set by Provo’s Chase Heiner in 2015.

It’s momentum Syracuse hopes to ride to a state championship on Saturday.

Syracuse had three runners qualify for the 400 meter finals, with Woodhall, Nathan Kaufusi and Dahson Arave finishing first, third and fifth respectively. In the 200, Woodhall and Kaufusi qualified in two of the top three spots.

The Titans also ran the fastest 4×400 qualifying heat. Even though they didn’t win any points for the strong qualifying times, it demonstrates their potential on Saturday.

Syracuse’s Kayden White also impressed on Friday by winning the discus with an impressive throw of 176’02.25, less than a foot shy of his state-best throw from earlier this season.

Davis and American Fork hope to keep it close in 5A, and each had great opening days too. Davis’ Xakai Harry won the high jump in clearing 6’08, with Pleasant Grove’s Owen Mitchell also clearing 6’08.

American Fork’s Casey Clinger, Patrick Parker and McKay Johns finished first, second and fourth in the 1,600 to secure 23 team points for the Cavemen.

“We know we have a shot at winning. That’s definitely been on our mind, and our goal is trying to get as many points as possible and try and get 1, 2 and 3 …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

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