San Juan boys finish fifth, girls take 11th, and school records fall at 2A state meet

by Rhett Sifford
Sports Editor
It couldn’t have been a more beautiful weekend as 3,626 athletes representing 134 different schools descended on Provo for the 2024 Utah State Track and Field Championships this past Thursday through Saturday, May 16-18.
This year’s edition of the state meet, held at the Clarence F. Robison Stadium at Brigham Young University, provided some excellent competition and numerous athletic achievements. For San Juan that meant several new school records.
The boys team scored 49 points to finish fifth among the 18 teams competing in the 2A competition. The girls scored 13 points to place 11th and the teams combined for 62 points and seventh place.
Tripp Palmer, Savannah Richmond, and Jared Burke all brought home individual state championships. Palmer won the high jump and set a new school record when he cleared six feet, eight inches.
Richmond took the title in the girls discus and also established a new Bronco school record with her throw of 111-9.0. And Burke sent the put 47 feet, 8.25 inches downrange for his state title and a new personal best. He’s now second all-time in San Juan school history.
The Broncos had two state runner-up finishes. Edward Lyman missed winning the state championship in the boys 800 meter by just .16 of a second. His second-place time of 1:55.88 is a new school record.
San Juan’s other silver medal came in the 4x100 when the team of Zack Conway, Brigham Nielson, Jagger Nieves, and Brody Bilbao crossed the line in 44.02, just .54 behind state champion North Summit. It’s the third-fastest 4x100 time in Bronco history.
Keaton Ivins took fourth in the boys long jump with a 20-8.75. His state meet distance was 1.25 inches short of his personal best of 21 feet, which was also a San Juan school record set at the Delta Invitational on April 27.
Brigham Nielson came home sixth in the 110-meter hurdles, crossing the line in 16.49. His time of 15.93 in the prelims is a new personal best for Nielson and is the second-fastest time in the 110 hurdles all-time for the Broncos.
Edward Lyman, who’s finishing up an outstanding career at San Juan High School, took sixth in the 3200 with a time of 10:15.16.
He crushed the previous school record in that event on April 19 at the Eastern Utah Championships in Price with a 10:00.98, besting Jade Grover’s 2012 time of 10:18.15.
Keezie Flannery was technically embroiled in a five-way tie for fifth in the girls state high jump competition. She received credit for seventh place after clearing four feet, 11 inches.
Additionally, Flannery set a new girls high jump school record of 5-1.0 at the Blue Mountain Invitational in Monticello April 13.
Miken Keith finished eighth for San Juan in the boys state javelin throw with his effort of 140-2.0. Savannah Richmond was eighth in the girls shot put with a personal-best 30-6.5.
And the boys sprint medley team of Abram Lyman, Lynnox Benn, Jagger Nieves, and Josiah LaPalmer took eighth in 3:50.68. It’s the third-fastest 1600-meter sprint medley time in school history.
Though he didn’t place in the 300-meter hurdles finals, Brigham Nielson set a new San Juan record with his 40.69 performance in the preliminary race, besting the previous record set 14 years ago by almost two seconds.
One other school record fell this season when Edward Lyman won the 1600-meter race in Monticello, crossing the line in 4:37.08 on April 13. It beat Taylor Francom’s 13-year old record set in 2011.
At the close of the season San Juan Head Coach Samantha Pemberton said she is very proud of all her athletes this year. “We had so much talent and they showed up at the most important time,” she explained. “This program is growing, we have some big plans, and I can’t wait to see what next year brings.”

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