Richfield’s track ’Cats finish up season

Richfield High School’s Hayden Harward, left, Kade Jensen, Ian Bate and Kyson Grant celebrate winning the hotly contested 4x400 relay at the state track meet in Provo Saturday. Richfield’s boys nabbed fifth as a team.

The Richfield High School boys’ track team wrapped up its season Saturday at Brigham Young University in Provo as the fifth place team in the state.

Leading the charge, as he’s done throughout the year, was distance runner Hayden Harward. Harward won all four of his events, turning in a 9:39 time in the 3,200-meter, a 4:26 in the 1,600-meter and a 1:56 in the 800-meter. 

He was also on Richfield’s winning 4x400-meter relay team along with Kyson Grant, Ian Bate and Kade Jensen.

The 4x400 relay won by .02 seconds clocking in at 3:27.58.  

“It was one of the best races of the day,” said coach Jim Monsen. “We knew it would be a dogfight for that 4x400 relay.”   

Monsen said he knew going into the meet that Emery’s team would be really good team.  

“The boys ran great legs and fought back into the race and Kade ran an incredible anchor on that relay,” Monsen said. “He split a high 47 or a low 48.”

Hayden now has two years where he has won all four events he competed in.

“Everyone who competed at state scored points, which helped us finish in the top 5.  It was great to finish that high considering that we only took nine boys to state,” said Monsen.

Jensen nabbed second place in the 400 with a 49.29. Bate went on to take sixth in the 300-meter hurdles with a personal best of 41.27 seconds.  

Nick Woolsey finished sixth in the 800 with a personal best of 2:03. He went on to take eighth in the 1,600 with a season best 4:41. 

Our 4x100-relay team of Bate, Will Smith, Gage Morrison and Jensen placed fifth with a season best 45.2. The medley relay team of Smith, Carston Jensen, Kade and Hunter Alger finished eighth with a time of 3:54.  

The boys were also named as the academic state champions for 3A with a 3.73 GPA. 

Region 15 — The state performance follows up the Wildcats’ fifth place finish at region. 

Hayden Harward dominated the races he ran at region, winning the 800 with a time of 1:58. He also won the 1,600 with a time of 4:37.

Kade Jensen won the 400 for Richfield with a time of 51.61 seconds. Teammates Kyson Grand and Carston Jensen nabbed sixth and seventh, respectively, in the 400.

Hunter Alger nabbed ninth place at region in the 800.

Tyler Johnson and Nick Woolsey nabbed sixth and seventh, respectively, in the 3,200.

Ian Bate took sixth in the 110-meter hurdles. 

Will Smith took eighth in the 11.92. 

Wyatt Blackner secured seventh in the discus with a toss of 106’01”. 

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