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Corner Canyon boys tracksters break records win fifth straight state title

Jun 03, 2024 02:49PM ● By Catherine Garrett

The Corner Canyon High boys track team won the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400 relays at the 6A state track championships at Brigham Young University May 20, helping the Chargers win the state title for the fifth consecutive year. (Photo courtesy AStrong Photography)

Corner Canyon High School’s Jerome Myles, Jr. a five-star wide receiver for the Chargers football team who has committed to play for Ole Miss, had one objective in running track for the first time this spring: to beat the times set by his dad, Jerome Myles, Sr.

The junior trackster ran the 100 meters at the 6A state championships May 18 at Brigham Young University in a time of 10.36 seconds, three-hundredths of a second ahead of his father’s personal best. That mark isn’t just the best time in his family, it also erased a Utah state record that has stood for nearly 45 years. 

“I saw Jerome’s time on the board and I thought, ‘That can’t be right! There’s got to be a mistake!’” said senior Tate Kjar. “That was insane.”

“I was thinking the same thing,” said Myles, Jr. “That was crazy. Once the time was verified, I started celebrating with my teammates [Bryton Brady, Chryshaun Lee and Brayden Eyre who finished second, third and seventh, respectively, in the event].”

In the 200 meters—that he ran just 20 minutes following being part of the winning 4x100 meter relay—he again eclipsed his old man’s best time of 21.5 with a 21.38, although he had already set the state record of 20.84 at the BYU Invitational two weeks before the state meet.

“My dad was really happy for me in seeing me win and beating his times,” Myles, Jr. said, who also noted his dad’s excitement to watch his son play football in 2026 in his home state of Mississippi.

Kjar won the 400 meters, crossing the finish line in 47.79 seconds just ahead of Farmington’s Bode Jensen, for his first individual state title although he has raced legs on five other state champion relay squads over the past four seasons.

Those individual wins helped the boys team win the state 6A championship again, making it five consecutive years that the Chargers have been on top of the podium. 

“This has been awesome with this team, they’re just different and everyone was amazing,” said Kjar, who will play for Utah State football in the fall. “A lot of us play together in football where we won a state title in the fall and we all had the same end goal of ending the year off right and were able to do that.”

“We’re way close. It felt like a real family,” echoed Myles, Jr. “We all wanted it, especially for the seniors, and it was cool to win some medals.” 

Kjar said the winning mentality for the Corner Canyon program has been built in the early morning hours in the weight room. “Coach Kjar has us right in there lifting and gives us really hard workouts, but he is out there with us,” Tate Kjar said. “We may hate him in the moment for how tough it is, but the results speak for themselves.”

Also winning for the Chargers at state were the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400 relay lineups which included Brady, Lee, Myles, Jr., Jaden Allen, Steven Carlsen, Brayden Eyre, Mason Hamilton, Tate Kjar, Preston Rasmussen, McKay Wells and Brock White.

Other state placers were Lee (second, 200 meters), Brock Hobson (third, 300 meter hurdles; fourth, 110 meter hurdles), Hamilton (third, 400 meters; fourth, 200 meters), Tina’u Fiaui (third, discus; seventh, shot put), the 4x800 relay squad of Wells, Brock Doman, Ryan Etherington, Phin Mayer, Grayson Milne and Erick Yuan (third), Wells (fourth, 800 meters), Tate Kjar (fifth, 200 meters), Rasmussen (seventh, 200 meters), Blake Ames (seventh, 110 meter hurdles; seventh, 300 meter hurdles) and Joseph Covey (eighth, javelin).


The girls 4x100 relay squad of Layla Valadez, Alice Peterson, Anna Ricks and Liberty Henstrom won the 6A state title, crossing the finish line in a time of 46.83, one hundredth of a second ahead of Bingham’s relay lineup of Ziya Davis, McKenzie Ritter, Angelina Appel and Andrea Amoah.

Also placing for the Chargers’ girls team who took fifth at state were the 4x200 relay team of Peterson, Ricks, Addison Kjar, Henstrom, Valadez and Sophia Milich (second), Hayden Gribble (second, javelin), the 4x400 relay squad of Ricks, Kenna Wong, Tayvee Ash, Addison Kjar, Aubrey Wahlquist and Sydney England (third), Henstrom (fourth, 100 meters; fifth, 200 meters), the 4x800 relay lineup of Kenzie Randall, Wahlquist, Paige Rhoads, Wong, Addison Hoopes and Avery Garcia (fourth), Peterson (fifth, 100 meters; sixth, 200 meters), Makiah Turner (sixth, 400 meters) and Ricks (seventh, 400 meters). λ