Published on May 27th, 2016 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
Dutch Fork High Boys Take Track State Championship
Pictured: Dutch Fork High Track Coach Corey Wright (middle left) holds the Dutch Fork High Boys Track State Champion trophy with his fellow coaches after their championship victory (Photo Courtesy of Rebekah Smith).
IRMO – Dutch Fork High’s Boys Track team took home the 2016 State Championship recently, the school’s first ever championship in the sport for the boys.
Dutch Fork High Track Coach Corey Wright said this one is still sinking in. He said, “It’s just a phenomenal feeling winning the first one for the boys in school history and it really reflects on the great group of students we have here at Dutch Fork High. It’s hard to win a state title because you are trying to find the individual pieces and find a way for them to all fit together. Your goal is to see how many athletes you can get through to the state meet in order to maximize your points so it was difficult, but our kids found a way.”
Senior Rory Gallman was crowned the 4A State Champion in Shot Put and helped his team win the title. “Winning state, not only individually, but with my team was incredible. I get to leave knowing my last year was the first boys’ team to win state as a team in Dutch Fork history. I am extremely proud and happy that I got to win with the people that we won with.”
The boys’ 4x400m relay team placed as state runner’s up in the relay and helped clinch the title for the team.
While the girls didn’t win the state title, they did have one athlete who set a new state’s best in the Girls Triple Jump. Dutch Fork High senior Rebekah Smith set a new 4A state record in the Girls Triple Jump with a state best 39’4” leap. “It’s always a great feeling to win a state title and be a part of a team that I call my family,” said Smith. “All of my success reflects back on the track coaches of Dutch Fork High School. They are incredible coaches who are very knowledgeable about track & field and have a love for kids. If it wasn’t for the coaches I wouldn’t be the athlete I am today and I am thankful for them because they are the reason I have broken school records, and won two state titles.”
Dutch Fork is moving up to 5A next year, but Wright is optimistic on his team’s chances to repeat. “We should have the best sprinter in the state, we had three distance injuries this year and those kids are coming back to compete for us, and we have some really great young jumpers and sprinters so we like our chances next year to repeat. It will be completely impossible to replace athletes like Rebekah and Rory, but fortunately our program is developed enough now that we should still be able to continue this success next year. I’m just so proud of all of the kids. We will certainly miss our seniors, but I’m excited about our underclassmen and what our whole team has accomplished this year.”
Dutch Fork High Principal Dr. Greg Owings said, “We are so proud of our boys track team for winning the State Championship. Their commitment and hard work all season paid off in a big way.”