Excellent performances and commendable development. I don't understand the
U of U choice when the PAC 12 has legitimate track and field schools. At Utah
she might as well keep Barton as her personal coach. She would go further.
Look for her to be the lone runner from the U each year that makes it to
Too bad she chose Utah. I would have rather seen her follow Ogden greats like
Sarah Callister to Weber State. Coach Pilkington is one of the best distant
coaches in the nation and Feeny would have had both Barton and Pilkington by her
side as she moves onto the next level.Good luck to this young lady!
Finally, a sportswriter who gets it. Most newspaper stories have
treated Sarah's recent incredible accomplishments as if these were just
same old, same old prep results. I've been looking for a great big,
"holy cow," article that really put her tremendous feats of athleticism
into their proper perspective.Well done Doug Robinson! You really
captured the essence and drama of what Sarah has accomplished. Thank you for
caring enough about Utah sports and prep track and field to notice what this
amazing young lady and her talented coach, Alydia Barton, have accomplished.
I agree with Mr. Barton. I was going to be extremely disappointed if someone
didn't cover what Sarah has accomplished in the past month. Our Utah prep
distance runners continuously make a mark on the national stage but rarely get
local media acknowledgement. Congrats to Sarah, her parents and coaches on a
phenomenal senior year!
@SLCWatch and Weber State GradeThe fact that she chose Utah is one of the
reasons why the PAC 12 membership is so awesome. I certainly understand the
argument for going to one of the other PAC 12 schools and being on a better
team. However, she can compete against the nation's top track and field
athletes as a Ute, and stay somewhat close to home. She is far too talented to
pick one of the other Utah schools and compete in the Big Sky, the WCC or even
the Mountain West.
@2020Track and field isn't about competing in a conference.
It's about who you train with as a coach and team mates who can give you
training partners. Even though I graduated from Utah I would never recommend
the Utah track team (and I was a collegiate half miler) to anyone. No coach, no
teammates and really dismal track facilities despite a new track. I know you
were throwing down a challenge to other local schools but they don't
compete just in conference meets (BYU in fact does not compete with the WCC as
you implied.) BYU and Weber both have great track teams and coaches. Feeney
would actually see better competition at both schools than at the U. A girl of
Feeney's caliber should instead go to Arizona, Oregon or Oregon State if
she truly wants to excel in her events. I suggest you go to the NCAA Track
final results and see who in the PAC 12 is really a great team. Sorry but Utah
is a desert as far as opportunity goes.