Firth sweeps 2A district track titles

North Fremont senior Hannah Brown sprints the final 100 meters of the 4 x 200 meter relay as steam rises from the track Wednesday at Ririe High School. Brown's relay placed first for their event. Pat Sutphin / psutphin@postregister.com

RIRIE — North Fremont High School’s Hannah Brown cemented her place in history Wednesday.

The senior swept the 100- and 200-meter titles at the 2A District 6 track and field championships at Ririe with respective times of 12.67 and 26.29, making her a four-time district champion in the events.

The three-sport standout was humbled upon securing the four-peat, however, because of who she runs for every time she steps on to a track.

Brown’s older brother, Josh, who died in July 2011 at 18 years old, also ran the 100 and 200 for the Huskies.

“Honestly, I do it for my brother,” Brown said. “State’s always a big thing for me. I always feel like he’s closest with me there. I’m really blessed to have such good talent and good coaches. “

Brown is the defending 2A state champion in the 100 and 200, and she said she hopes to wrap up her North Fremont track career as repeat champion next week in Middleton. She also qualified for state in long jump, leaping 16-5.5 to place third Tuesday, and anchored North Fremont’s 4x200-meter relay team of McKinley Litton, Cyrita Lee and Alexa Litton to a winning time of 1:50.77.

“Honestly, I just want to run my hardest and do my best,” Brown said. “That’s all I can ask of myself.”

Competitive days may not be over for Brown, who has also played soccer and basketball for North Fremont. She said she has drawn interest from college basketball programs.

“That’s my passion,” Brown said. “I like track, but I really love basketball.”

Several of Brown’s teammates had a successful district meet, ultimately accumulating 92 points to take second to Firth (147 points) in the girls team standings. McKinley Litton ran 2:29.74 to repeat as 800 district champ and claimed the 400 title later in the day in 1:02.70. Alexa Litton won the 300 hurdles title in 49.07 and held off Firth’s McKensie Gardner in the final 100 to anchor the 4x400 team of MaKenzie Martindale, Alyssa Hawkes and Kristie Hawkes to a winning time of 4:20.36. Martindale won the 100 hurdles in 16.79 and North Fremont won the sprint medley in 1:57.07 on Tuesday.

The Cougars maintained District 6’s longest active district title win streak for any sport by sweeping the team titles. The boys won with 162 points to Salmon’s 82.

Winning the second 800 meter district title of his career was Firth senior McKay McKinnon, who pulled away from North Fremont’s Jacob Smith in the final 200 to win in 2:09.24.

Moments after his win, Firth head coach Stewart Portela walked over to congratulate him on running a “beautiful, smart race.” McKinnon, who last won the 800 district title as a sophomore, hopes to break 2:05 at state.

“I just needed to get there and that’s when I needed to make the move,” McKinnon said of his finish.

Numerous individual titles went to McKinnon’s teammates. Connor Burkhart cleared 6-0 to win high jump, Dallan Bingham leaped 19-10 to win long jump and Zak Johnson threw 138-8 to win discus. Kayla Jensen cleared a personal best 5-5 to win the girls high jump and fellow senior Britton Bean won her third consecutive district titles in long jump (17-9.25) and triple jump (34-5.5). Firth junior Dakota Leslie won career-first titles in the 3,200 (12:54.79 ) and 1,600 (5:55.97).

Salmon junior Billy Godfrey swept the boys 3,200 (11:08.29) and 1,600 (4:57.28) to make him a district champion in cross-country, wrestling and track this year. He also finished third in the 300 hurdles (44.23) to qualify for state.

Godfrey said he drew a lot of attention when he first practiced hurdles and added them to his repertoire.

“Everyone was telling me afterwards, ‘How does a short kid do hurdles?’ ” Godfrey said. “It’s also what drew me to high jump. I’m trying to break some of the stereotypes.”

Ririe senior DeWayne Hodges also had a big day, winning the 100 in 11.36, the 200 in 22.68 and anchoring the 4x200 team of Tony Todd, Javier Garcia and TJ Thacker to a winning time of 1:35.10.

Thacker cleared 13-7 to win the boys pole vault title Tuesday and Salmon’s Deshka Olson cleared 9-6 to win the girls title.

The top three athletes from each event and top two relay teams qualified for state. At-large bids will be determined Sunday.

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