Published: Sunday, April 13, 2008 1:02 a.m. MDT

PROVO - There's just something special about Spanish Fork this year. The Dons notched their third straight invitational victory, sweeping both the boys and girls titles at the Utah County Invitational held Friday and Saturday at Timpview High School.

The boys outlasted a strong Timpanogos squad 88-84, while the Lady Dons set two 5A state records en route to a dominating 167-91 victory over runner-up Timpanogos.

It's just been a really nice day, Spanish Fork coach Dave Boyak said. The weather was perfect, and that definitely helped us perform well.

Natalie Stewart bested her twin sister Nachelle's 200-meter record of 24.35 with a 24.18, and the sisters teamed up in the 4x400-meter relay to run a 3:50.92, shattering the old record set by Kearns (3:53.37) in 1999 - again. In 2007, Spanish Fork ran slightly faster, but the time did not count because of a timing malfunction.

Someone had hit the FAT camera last year, Nachelle Stewart said. It worked for all the other races but not the 4x400. Even though we beat it by four seconds, state records can't be hand-timed, so it didn't count.

Despite blistered, duct-tape wrapped feet and a meet-record 2:11.34 800-meter in her legs, Nachelle split a 55.7, and Natalie anchored the Dons with a blistering 52.9. Individual splits in 4x400s are unofficial, hand-timed and often inaccurate, but three different coaches clocked Natalie under 53.

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To put that in perspective, the fastest time in the Mountain West Conference last year was 52.5 by TCU senior Deborah Jones - so that's not bad for a high school senior. Stewart also won the 100 meters in a personal best 12.10.

The Dons also had strong performances by Liz Meinhard in the long jump (16-4.75), Kelli Roach in the javelin (121-3), Natash Sanborn in the discus (104-6) and Leah Walters in the 110 hurdles (15.8).

In the boys, Spanish Fork had a 1-2 finish in the javelin by former baseball players Spencer Fausett (179-0) and Bret Howell (160-3.5).

They've been a big help this season, Boyak said. The didn't get cut, they just thought they'd have some more opportunities in track, and they're doing great.

Hurdler Caleb Prior won the 110 hurdles (15.51) and took third in the 300 (41.52). The Dons also scored well in the relays and had help from Jason Anderson in the 400 (50.78).

Individually, Lone Peak's Angie Kaplar blew away the competition in the 100 hurdles (14.94) and the 300 hurdles (46.24). Mountain View's Sarah Yingling held off Spanish Fork senior Kirsten Sly in the 3,200 meters, with a strong last lap to finish 11:24.03 and doubled back with a state-qualifying 59.09 mark in the 400. Timberwolf Hannah Groom won the 400 in 58.65 and Lacey Cramer held off American Fork's Danielle West in the 1,600 in 5:17.32.

Cami Richan won the high jump for Lone Peak with a state-qualifying mark of 5-4, and Orem dominated the shot put with a 1-2 finish by Becky Reeves (34-0) and Ella Moe (32-8). Reeves also qualified in the discus with a winning mark of 120-1.

Mountain View's Travis Fuller ran away from reigning 4A cross country champ Jonathan Nelson with a 2:13 last half-mile to finish in 9:33.63. Fuller came back in less than an hour to anchor the Bruins 4x400 team with a 52.

It was only the second time I've ran it, Fuller said of his state-qualifying 3,200. I just really tried to focus on the last 800 and finish strong the last lap.

The Mountain View senior looks like one of the top state contenders in both the mile and two-mile along with Springville's Spencer Gardner and Timpview stars Nelson and Nathan Fletcher. Fletcher won the mile in 4:29.47.

I definitely feel like I'm in the hunt, but there are so many talented runners in 4A. The Timpview guys will really want it and Spencer (Gardner) is really talented, too, Fuller said.

In the sprints, Grand County's Gordon Garret had an even more impressive double in the 100 and 200, winning with times of 10.94 and 21.86. Garret's 200 time set a Utah County Invite meet record as well as a 2A state record. Garret also won the long jump with a 21-2.

After Garret, the Timpanogos trio of Taylor Lyons, Grant Jimenze and Parker Brown swept the next three spots, all finishing between 11.08 and 11.14. The Timberwolves came away with a first-place finish in the 400, as Sean Aaron racked up another invitational win in the event with 50.53.

Pleasant Groves Levi Williams won the 300 hurdles (40.93) and Daren Gleason won the 800 in 2:01.58. Fellow Viking Scott Matheson also won the high jump with a state-qualifying mark of 6-6. Orem's 4x400 relay team set a meet record with a 3:24.88 and American Fork's Daniel Litchford won the shot (48-8) and the discus (133-8).