Utah Distance Runners Shine at 2016 Simplot Games

For Immediate Release

Date February 19, 2016

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Utah Distance Runners Shine at 2016 Simplot Games

Salt Lake City’s Garek Bielaczyc Smashes 3200-Meter Meet Record

Pocatello, Idaho – Distance runners from Utah led the state’s competitors at the 2016 Simplot Games by winning the boys’ 3200 meters, boys’ and girls’ 4×800 meter relays, and the boys’ 4×400.  

Photo by H. Michael Roberts

Photo by H. Michael Roberts

Salt Lake City’s Garek Bielaczyc and American Fork’s Casey Clinger dueled in the 3200 meters across the Simplot Games track, and a late kick by Bielaczyc led to a Simplot Games record win for him. Clinger also eclipsed the old record.

Bielaczyc started out front and kept a steady lead for the first few laps, but Clinger quickly caught up.  Neither is a stranger to long distances and kept up the pace but found themselves five seconds behind the record pace with 400 meters to go. That didn’t stop them from chasing the record, though. Bielaczyc broke away and then did the impossible and won the race with a time of 8:57.03. Following close behind was Clinger with a time of 8:59.02. Both broke the Simplot Games record in an unbelievable race before a deafening crowd.

The inspiration for the boys were each other. Their secret was simply to run fast and push hard.

“I was honored having someone to work with and push me ahead,” Bielaczyc said.  

“I love this track.”

“There is a great atmosphere here and I liked having Garek to push me,” Clinger said.

Other results include:

  • Davis Track Club ‘A’  from Layton won the girls 4×400-meter relay with a time of 3:58.47.
  • Davis Track Club of Layton took home first place in both the boys’ and girls’ 4×800-meter relays. The boys’ team finished with a time of 8:05.40. The girls’ team finished in 9:40.92.
  • Talin Mortensen, a junior from Salem, finished second in the boys’ shot put with a throw of 57’09.50”.
  • In the girls’ 3200 meters Clarissa Mantz, a junior from Smithfield, finished second, Shanee Harris, a freshman from Box Elder finished third, and Emily Liese, a senior from Providence, finished fourth.

A full list of Utah medalists is included below.

More than 2,100 athletes have come from across the U.S., Canada, and Australia to participate in the 38th annual Simplot Games. Simplot Games remains the nation’s premier high school indoor track and field event. Sponsored by the J.R. Simplot Company since 1979, the Simplot Games are held at Idaho State University’s Holt Arena in Pocatello, Idaho.

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Utah medalists include:

Girls’ 3200 Meters

2nd – Clarissa Mantz, 11, Smithfield

3rd – Shanee Harris, 9, Box Elder

4th – Emily Liese, 12, Providence

6th – Sarah Waddoups, 10, Layton

Boys’ 3200 Meters

1st – Garek Bielaczyc, 12, Salt Lake City

2nd – Casey Clinger, 11, American Fork,

3rd- William Handley, 12, Orem

4th – Garrett Barton, 11, Ogden

Girls’ 1600 Meters

2nd – Sara Musselman, 11, American Fork

3rd – Courtney Wayment, 12, Layton

4th – McKenna Lee, 10, Pleasantville

Boys’ 1600 Meters

2nd – Patrick Parker, 11, American Fork

4th – Mckay Johns, 11, American Fork

5th – Talon Hull, 11, Pleasantville

Boys’ High Jump

2nd – Owen Mitchell, 11, Pleasantville

4th – Hunter Simonsen, 12, Layton

5th – Nate Allred, 12, Layton

6th – Joshua Thomas, 11, Richfield

Boys’ 200 Meters

5th – Dallin Draper, 10, Provo

Girls’ 4×400-Meter Relay

1st – Davis Track Club ‘A’ Layton

6th – Davis Track Club ‘B’ Layton

Boys’ 60-Meter Dash

4th – Dallin Draper, 10, Provo

Boys’ 800 Meters

2nd- Logan McKay, 12, Layton

5th – Payton Riggs, 12, Orem

Boys’ 1600-Meter Sprint Medley

2nd – Davis Track Club “A,” Layton

6th – Olympus “A,” Holladay

Girls’ 1600-Meter Sprint Medley

2nd – Davis Track Club “A,” Layton

4th – Olympus “A,” Holladay

5th – Warrior Express “A,” Pleasant View

6th – Timpanogos “A,” Orem

Girls’ 60-Meter Dash

2nd – Kaysha Love, 12, Herriman

Boys’ Shot Put  

2nd – Talin Mortensen, 11, Salem

Girls’ Shot Put

2nd – Sierra Freeland, 12, Riverton

3rd – Maia Garren, 12, Logan

4th – Emily Spendlove, 12, Holladay

Girls’ 4×800-Meter Relay

1st – Davis Track Club “A,” Layton

4th – Timpanogos “A,”, Orem

Boys’ 4×800-Meter Relay

1st – Davis Track Club “A,” Layton

3rd – Wildcat Track Club “A,” Woods Cross

Girls’ High Jump

4th – Ginger Nelson, 11, Lehi

Girls’ Weight Throw

2nd – Maia Garren, 12, Logan

Boys’ Weight Throw

5th- George Plantenga, 12, Alta

Boys’ Long Jump

2nd – Skyler Andam, 12, West Jordan

6th – Hunter Simonsen, 12, Layton

Boys’ 4×400-Meter Relay

2nd – Davis Track Club, Davis

6th – Wildcat Track Club, Woods

Boys’ Pole Vault

4th – Matt Calvin, 12, Layton