Track Team Places 2nd at State

VHS Boys Track Team

Valley high boy’s track team placed in the top 2 this weekend at the State Track Meet at BYU for the first time in school’s history. Valley took 6 athletes to the state meet. Cameron Franklin, Eli Esplin, Austin Dean, Travis Lee, Jaron Palmer, and Danny Goulding.  They medaled in every event they participated in. Eli Esplin won the shotput with a put of 48’ 3”.  This was Eli’s 3rd year in a row winning state shotput.  Eli also placed 3rd in the Discus. Cameron Franklin was the state champion in the 400 with a time of 50.46. Cameron also placed 2nd in the 200, and 4th in the 100. Austin Dean placed 2nd in 1600 and the 800 and medaled 6th in the 3200. The boy’s medley relay team of Austin Dean, Cameron Franklin, Jaron Palmer, Travis Lee and Danny Goulding (alternate) placed 3rd. Valley coaches Joseph Sorensen and Mike Franklin said they were blown away by the efforts put forward by this small team at the state meet.  After the first day of state we realized we had a shot at the 2nd place trophy.  The last day of state was somewhat magical as every one of these boys performed better than they had ever previously done.  It was a lot of fun and something these kids will never forget.  Valley would like to thank Kanab High School for letting us come work out on their track and for their coaches Levi, Sam, Lisa, Julia and Trevor for helping our team when we were able to come practice on the track in Kanab.