At the Utah High School Activities Association’s state track and field championships held May 18-19 at Brigham Young University in Provo, Garrett helped lead the Lady Devils to a fifth-place finish as a team.
“Our goal was to have our girls finish in the top five overall, and they accomplished that,” said GCHS head coach Dennis Wells. “Rachel also broke the school record in the shot put.”
Garrett’s winning throw came Friday on her sixth and final toss. It was measured at 38 feet 5 inches, surpassing the previous GCHS school record of 37 feet, 10 inches set by Dawn Drake in 1989.
In fact, Garrett’s top five throws at the state meet were all over 36 feet, and any one of them would have been good enough to win the state title. San Juan’s Samantha Giddings placed a distant second at state, her best toss measuring 34 feet, 9.75 inches.
Also on Friday, Garrett placed eighth in the javelin with a throw of 98 feet, 7.5 inches, earning another point for the Lady Devils.
The next day, Garrett won the discus competition with a throw of 126 feet, 7.75 inches, more than four feet shy of her own state record set earlier in the month but still nearly 15 feet farther than her closest competitor’s best throw. Kaitlyn Rowser of North Summit placed second at state with a throw of 111 feet, 9.75 inches.
By way of comparison, Garrett’s winning throw at last year’s state meet was 109 feet, 6.25 inches.
Grand had two other athletes place in the discus at the 2012 meet. Sophomore Madi Stocks took fifth with a throw of 97 feet, 10 inches, and fellow sophomore Kayeley Wells placed sixth with a throw of 97 feet, 5.25 inches.
Led by Garrett’s 21 points, the Lady Devils went on to earn a total of 44 points at the meet, placing them just one point behind fourth-place San Juan. Returning state champion North Summit dominated the girls meet with 159 points, while second-place Emery had 57 points and Beaver took third with 51 points.
Other highlights for the Lady Devils included junior Carly Dalton’s third-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles. Dalton also placed sixth in the 300-meter hurdles.
Freshman Kasey Betts took fourth place in the high jump with a leap of 4 feet, 11 inches. Sophomore Mercedes James placed eighth in the 3,200-meter race with a time of 13:20.64.
In addition, the Lady Devils took eighth in the 4x100 meter relay, with Malina Bohannon, Tiffanie Whipple, Haley Rice, and Brianna Ballard recording a time of 53.11 seconds.