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2024 Idaho High School Track and Field Championships Recap
Several Idaho track athletes ascended the all-time lists as multiple records fell
Published: 5/20/2024 6:32:15 PM
Marlowe Hereford
Contributing Writer
 

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The record books and all-time lists have been updated yet again as athletes cemented their places in history over the weekend at the Idaho high school track and field state championships. 

From 5A to 1A, the final state meet with Idaho's current classifications was a memorable one. 

Here is a look at how the competition ended at each venue.

 

Class 5A (Mountain View High School)

MERIDIAN-- Christine Huckins called her shot back in February.

Inside Idaho State's ICCU Dome formerly known as Holt Arena and representing second-year club team Orchard Athletix, the sophomore won the Simplot Games 200 in 24.3802 in a photo finish and placed second in 7.59--one hundredth of a second behind first--in a close 60 meter final.

After collecting her medals, she shared her goals for outdoor season this spring.

"I would like to break 24 for the 200," Huckins said then. "For the 100, (my goal) would be an 11.5 or 11.6.'

Three months later representing Capital, Huckins went 4-for-4 in Saturday's 5A finals and won each of her events in an overall state meet record time. She made good on one of her February goals while coming close to fulfilling her other goal.

Her Saturday began by anchoring Capital's 4x200 to a win in 1:39.86, just ahead of second-place Boise (1:39.89), which also ran faster than the previous overall state meet record of 1:41.13 set in 2017 by Mountain View. In the 100 finals, Huckins ran a blazing 11.62, beating the overall state meet record of 11.98 set a few minutes before by Century senior Matejah Mangum in the 4A girls final. Huckins anchored Capital's 4x100 to the win in 47.45 and she concluded her state meet with a win in the 200 final in 24.16. She went undefeated this season in both the 100 and 200.

All four of those times weren't just overall state meet records, however. The winning 4x200 time is No. 3 all-time in Idaho and the 100, 4x100 and 200 are all No. 1 all-time. A year ago, Skyline's Claire Petersen and Rigby's Abby Hancock became the first Idaho girls on record to break 11.9 for the 100 when they ran 11.83 and 11.86, respectively, at their district championship meet. A year later, Huckins has become the first Idaho girl to break 11.8 and 11.7.

She ran 11.51 at a YMCA meet last June while representing her club team Orchard Athletix, but her 11.62 on Saturday is the fastest she's recorded while wearing a high school uniform. Additionally, Huckins is the first Idaho girl on record to break 24.5 for the 200. She broke that barrier three total times including Saturday, and all three were this month. She said she had hoped for 23.9 in the 200 final, but was still happy to get a huge personal best with the 24.16.

"I still PRed," Huckins said. "It's huge."

Placing second to Huckins in the 100 and 200 finals in 11.83 and 24.51, respectively, was another sophomore, Mountain View's Quincy Keller, who is Huckins' Orchard Athletix club teammate. The two shared lengthy embraces in the finish area following each of those finals.

Keller joined Huckins and Mangum this season in the sub-11.9 club upon placing second in Saturday's 100 finals in 11.83. She also joined Huckins as a sub-24.5 second 200 runner at the 5A District 3 championships May 10, when she placed second to Huckins in 24.38.

'It's just so amazing to be able to have somebody that you know that you're close with that you can be proud of and happy for no matter the outcome of the race," Huckins said. "Just knowing that you both just want each other to do the best you can do, and there's no jealousy on the track, off the track. We're just happy for each other." 

Huckins' teammates for the 4x200 and 4x100 are almost the same: Kennedy Patterson, Eden Francis and Grace Russell for the 4x200 and Patterson, Stella Gray and Russell for the 4x100. Huckins said they went from not really knowing each other at the beginning of the season to building a strong bond and trust that lasted throughout the spring. Together, they became Idaho's first girls 4x100 team ever to break 48 seconds, doing so three times total.

"I love every single one of those girls," Huckins said. 

With four gold medals earned and history made, Huckins said she will next compete at Nike Outdoor Nationals in June at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field. She also shared the times she is pursuing next.

"I want 23.8 and my goal is to get 11.4," she said.

The 5A team titles went to the same schools as the last five seasons, but the boys title was not decided until the 4x400. 

The Boise girls accumulated 121 points for their fourth consecutive state title, ending the weekend with a 22-point victory margin over Mountain View. After Rocky Mountain's Carter Langin, Matthew Stevens, Porter Carlson and Cole Reed won the boys 4x400 in 3:20.30 with Post Falls second and Boise third, the 10 points gained from the win was enough to secure Rocky Mountain's eighth consecutive 5A boys team title. The Grizzlies won Saturday by a two-point margin over Boise, 109-107 in the final team standings.

Landon Heemeyer (3,200 champion in 9:02.01), Braden Ankeny (200 champion in 21.45) and Brady Abbott (pole vault champion with 16-0) won individual titles for the Grizzlies while Jacob Shade, Charles Dodd, Parker Simmonsen and Ankeny won the 4x100 in an overall state meet record and No. 1 all-time Idaho record 41.19. That final lived up to its billing, as second-place Mountain View (41.27) and third-place Rigby (41.64) also broke the previous overall state meet record of 41.79 by Rocky Mountain from 2018.

Abbott, who entered Saturday with a personal best 15-3, cleared 16-0 on his first attempt. He also attempted 16-3, which would have been a school record, but did not clear it.

His dad, Rocky Mountain head coach Brad Abbott, found him near the medal podium where the two shared a celebratory chest bump. The younger Abbott, who said he grew up using sticks to vault over other sticks, chairs and benches in the backyard, described Saturday as a dream come true.

"It's been a long time coming," Brady Abbott said. "I've been dreaming about it since I was a little kid. It's just been a lot of hard work put into it and just finally cashing it all out."

Abbott said he will compete at Nike Outdoor Nationals next month.

Senior Autumn Shomaker repeated as 5A girls long jump champion for Boise with a leap of 18-6.25. Shomaker ends her career as No. 2 all-time in Idaho with her personal best 19-8 from the 5A District 3 championships.

Fellow senior Sophia Clark repeated as 5A girls 400 champion in an overall state meet record and Idaho No. 1 all-time 55.38, making her the first girl on record in Idaho to break 55.50. It was the second consecutive week Clark broke 56 for the 400, a goal she said she's had since she first began competing in the 400 as a seventh grader.

Clark, who will continue her track career at Montana, also anchored Boise to an overall state meet record win in the 4x400 in 3:54.60. Clark and 4x400 teammates Lily Vertrees, Allie Bruce and Samantha Smith had close exchanges alongside eventual second-place Rocky Mountain (3:55.77). Clark also was the anchor for Boise's second-place 4x200 earlier Saturday.

A four-sport athlete who competed in soccer and cross country in the fall, basketball in the winter and track in the spring each year all four years at Boise, Clark said she has balanced multiple sports since elementary school.

She said the people are what have made track so enjoyable for her, and she plans to compete next month at Nike Outdoor Nationals.

"I love the people," Clark said. "I love my friends, my teammates, my coaches. I think that's what makes this so awesome is that we're always coming together, we're super excited, never hating on each other. I love coming to practice because I've got the best coaches, best teammates and that's what makes a state championship winning team."

Clark said Idaho's growth with track and field in recent seasons is something worth celebrating as times continue to fall and Idaho athletes continue to do well at meets such as the Arcadia Invitational and Oregon Relays, where Boise competed in April. The Brave placed second in the combined boys and girls team standings at Oregon Relays with 94 points.

"I think this has been the fastest track meet of my life," Clark said of this year's state meet. "Everyone is super fast. Idaho is on the map and going to those big meets,lifting, practicing and working through the hard stuff is how everyone is so fast."

Grace Lanfear, a senior and one of Clark's 4x200 teammates, swept 5A girls hurdles titles for Boise, winning the 100 hurdles in 14.69 and the 300 hurdles in 44.12. Boise completed a sweep of the 5A 800 titles as Clark's 4x400 teammate,  senior Stanford soccer signee Samantha Smith, closed the gap in the final 100 meters to take the lead and win the girls title in 2:13.29 while senior Noe Kemper hit another gear during the bell lap to claim the boys title in 1:53.18.

Kemper faced much of the same competition in the 800 as he did in the 1,600, where he placed second in 4:11.55 after three lead changes in the bell lap.

Kemper said he was a 'mix of emotions' and physically not feeling so great entering the 800 after how the 1,600 played out, but he chose to kick with 300 meters remaining.

"It worked out mostly because everyone else in the field was also pretty tired," Kemper said.

Kemper, who also ran anchor for Boise's 4x400, said he will run the steeplechase and the 800 at New Balance Outdoor Nationals in June and the 800 at the invite-only Brooks PR. Beyond that, he will continue his academic and athletic career at Dartmouth.

Kemper and Jack Sheesley, Jacob Fornander and Jens Knutsen won Friday's 5A boys 4x800 final in 7:52.05, giving Kemper four medals on the weekend and 34 points toward Boise's second place trophy.

"We have such a special program here," Kemper said of Boise. "So many guys, so many events. Pretty disappointing to end with a bunch of second-place trophies instead of first-place ones but huge amount of respect for our coaches, especially Aaron (Olswanger), cross country and track coach. I think it's really underrated how much talent we have here in Idaho. We have a huge amount of talent here and it's been really nice competing against all these guys here."

Also winning individual gold for Boise was Jordan McDonald, a junior who cleared a personal best 6-8 to win the 5A boys high jump title.

Like Huckins, Highland's Spencer Van Orden made history at his sophomore state track meet. He swept 5A boys hurdles titles, joining Emmett's Landon Helms as the only Idaho boys to ever break 14 seconds in 110 hurdles. Van Orden ran 13.96 in Friday's prelims and won Saturday's final in an Idaho No. 2 all-time and 5A state meet record 13.90. He won the 300 hurdles final in 37.66, his second time breaking 38 seconds this season. His 37.15 from the 5A District 5-6 championships is No. 24 in the U.S. this season as of Sunday and it is the fastest all-time on record in Idaho.

Three familiar hurdlers shared the medal stand with Van Orden for both finals-- Eli Taylor in the 110 and 300, Cody Cordingley in the 110, Keanan Humphreys in the 300, all from Rigby. In the finals immediately before theirs, fellow eastern Idahoan Mason Edwards of Hillcrest swept the 4A boys hurdles titles.

"It's really been an honor," Van Orden said of his eastern Idaho competition. "I would not be the athlete I am today if I didn't have the Rigby boys and Mason pushing me and trying to bring out the best athlete in me. I owe a lot to them."

Van Orden, who will compete at Nike Outdoor Nationals, said sub-37 and sub-36 are his next goals for 300 hurdles and he wants to also continue to bring down his 110 personal best he set Saturday.

"Shooting for 35 sounds crazy but so did shooting for low 37s," he said.

Also representing eastern Idaho, two Rigby teammates went 1-2 in 5A girls pole vault finals. Senior Abbie Scott, a Utah State signee, matched her PR with a winning vault of 13-4 to repeat as state champion and conclude an undefeated season in the event while her sophomore teammate Lizzy Poston tied her personal best upon clearing 11-6 for second. 

"I thought about it," Scott said of the potential to go 1-2. "That'd be so cool. We pulled it off."

Scott had attempted 13-9.25, which would have beaten the overall state meet record and No. 1 Idaho all-time height of 13-9 by Centennial's Eva Lowder, but was unable to clear it. 

"That was my perfect state meet...I get to attempt the state record and that's all I wanted," Scott said. "If I got it, that would be amazing. It's been my perfect state meet and I couldn't ask for anything better."

Both credited Rigby's indoor vaulting facility and club program Raise the Bar for providing a place to train during the winter and work toward their goals. The facility and vaulting club is run by Abbie's dad, Jared, who is Rigby's pole vault coach.

"I definitely credit Coach Scott," Poston said. "He puts so much work in and I feel like today going in, he was more stressed than me or Abbie were because he cares so much about not just where you are as an athlete but where you are as a person."

Their teammate Ellayna Davis, a junior, secured another gold for Rigby by winning 5A girls discus with 134-11.

Centennial senior Kai Twaddle-Dunham won both 5A boys throwing events, winning discus with 185-0 and shot put with 59-2.5. As of Sunday, his personal best 200-3 is No. 10 in the U.S. this season. Also for Centennial, senior Kolton Osborn ran 10.63 to repeat as 5A boys 100 champion.

The Rocky Mountain girls 4x800 team of Emme Hamm, Hallie Heemeyer, Belle Draney and Brighton Heywood came from behind to win Friday's final in an overall state meet record and Idaho No. 1 all-time 9:06.62, which is No. 24 in the U.S. as of Sunday. Kuna's Luke Selto, Izaiah Allen-Heinrich, Jay Monroe and Myles Johnson-Nicholson ran an overall state meet record and Idaho No. 2 all-time 1:26.42 to win a third consecutive 5A boys 4x200 state title.

Meridian junior Nate Stadtlander was victorious in the 5A boys 1,600 final in what was one of the wildest finishes of the meet. Rocky Mountain's Landon Heemeyer led early before being passed by Kemper on the bell lap, then Stadtlander moved up along the outside in the final 50 meters to pass Kemper for the win in 4:10.65. Kemper placed second in 4:11.55, Eagle's Andrew Ringert was third in 4:12.47 while Heemeyer was fourth in 4:13.18.

"I'm glad it came out the way it did," Stadtlander said. "I just had a good, strong kick. I think I moved up four (places)."

Stadtlander joined Kemper and Heemeyer for a photo together following the 800 final as they each grabbed water and chatted. The three of them have multiple gold medals between them in cross country and track, as well as experience competing at national meets.

"Noe's a great guy. I love racing him," Stadtlander said. "Landon did great. I love racing him too. They're great competition and I'm excited to race them in college."

Mountain View senior Rilyn Stevens won two individual state titles on her home track, sporting sunglasses and winning the 5A girls 3,200 in a 5A state meet record 10:25.51 and the 5A girls 1,600 in 4:51.03.

 

Class 4A (Mountain View High School)

MERIDIAN--Skyline senior Nelah Roberts achieved many 'firsts' throughout her four-year high school cross country and track career, and Saturday was another notable first.

The BYU signee won all three 4A girls distance events, running an overall state meet record 10:20.36 for her fourth consecutive 3,200 state title, a personal best 4:48.36 to win her fourth consecutive 1,600 and moving into the lead at the final curve to win the 800 state title for the first time in 2:14.09. Those wins bring her combined four-year individual title total to 13: four in cross country (Idaho's first four-time girls individual state champion), nine in track. She is Idaho's third girl ever to break 4:50 for the 1,600, joining Mountain View's Lexy Halladay and Boise's Maggie Liebich. Later Saturday, she also contributed to Skyline's fourth-place finish in the 4x400 in 4:08.58.

She threw her hands in the air after winning the 800 and then shared a long embrace in the finish area with second place finisher Hailey Renzello of Pocatello, an Idaho State signee who entered Saturday as three-time defending 800 state champion. They last met at last month's Tiger-Grizz Invitational, where Renzello won and Roberts placed third. 

Roberts drafted Renzello in Saturday's race until 250 meters remaining, when she decided to take the lead.

"I just re-evaluated what I'm doing," Roberts said on her 800 preparation for state. "I didn't want this to come to a 100-meter sprint, so I just took off." 

One of the first people to meet her and give her a hug after her 800 was also wearing a Skyline uniform, her younger brother Davis. 

Skyline's first freshman boy to qualify for state track in a distance event, Davis experienced his first state track meet as his older sister experienced her last one, and he darted across the infield to cheer her on during her finals.

"I love having him with me at state track," Roberts said, choking up as she spoke about him. "He was the person I could hear the most from the infield. We have the same sense of humor, the same kind of personality. He's my go to person."

The 4A girls team title came down to the wire, with Skyview prevailing over Twin Falls 72-70 for its first state title since 2000, when it was a 5A school. Skyview scored points in 12 events during the meet. Melissa Eyer, Megan Cahoon, Brylee McNicol and Makayla Naylor won the 4x100 for Skyview in 49.26. Bishop Kelly claimed a fourth consecutive 4A boys state title and its eighth in the last nine seasons, scoring 127.5 points over the weekend.

Sandpoint senior Ivy Smith repeated as 4A girls shot put state champion with a 4A state meet record mark of 44-7 while Bishop Kelly senior Rakeem Johnson won both 4A boys throws with a 4A state meet record 191-1 in discus and 59-7.25 in shot put. Johnson's personal best discus mark of 201-1 is No. 6 in the U.S. this season as of Sunday. He and Twaddle-Dunham are not only both in the top 10 in the U.S. this season for discus, but they also became Idaho's first boys throwers to surpass 200 feet in discus since two-time Olympian Ian Waltz, whose all-time Idaho record of 203-6 from 1995 still stands.

Johnson's teammate Cam Davis, a senior, repeated as 4A boys long jump state champion, leaping to 23-5.75 to lead a Bishop Kelly 1-2 finish with teammate and fellow senior Alex Johnson (21-8.5). The Knights also won two relays: the sprint medley (Mason Schweitzer, Owen Kane, Isaac Edwards, Liam Durcan) in 3:36.29 and the 4x400 (Beck Humphrey, Edwards, Charlie Goss, Durcan).

Concluding an impressive high school career was Century senior and Utah signee Matejah Mangum, who won the 4A girls 100 in a 4A state meet record 11.98 and her fourth consecutive 4A girls 200 title in 24.83.

Mangum, Idaho's first girl to ever break 24.60 for the 200, won every single outdoor 200 she ever raced in high school except for one meet: the 2022 Nike Outdoor Nationals. She also went undefeated in the 100 this season, recording a personal best 11.82 in April.

Lakeland junior Ziya Munyar was also a repeat champion, leaping to the win in girls triple jump with a mark of 36-5.25.

 Moscow freshman Mattea Nuhn made her state track debut with three 4A gold medals: girls high jump (5-5), 100 hurdles (14.49) and 300 hurdles (45.31). 

Making his first appearance at state track since the 2021 season and getting his own 'triple crown' was Idaho Falls senior and Utah State signee Luke Athay, who won the 4A boys 3,200 in 9:20.85, the 1,600 in 4:14.90 and the 800 in 1:55.40. He placed second to Borah's Nathan Green in the 5A 3,200 and 1,600 finals as a freshman and won the 5A boys individual cross country state title and qualified for EastBay (Footlocker) Nationals as a sophomore before suffering a stress fracture in April 2022 that required surgery and kept him sidelined from competition for 16 months.

 Athay, who won the 4A boys individual cross country state title seven months ago for team champion Idaho Falls, said he experienced moments of doubt during his recovery.

 "I felt kind of lost," Athay said. "I was doing a lot of exercises and couldn't get through them."

 Athay said his senior year has been especially meaningful as he is grateful to be healthy again and also to everyone who has been in his corner on the long road back--his family, his coaches and his teammates.

 "I didn't really expect to come back as strong as I did," Athay said. "I've got great support from my team. They allowed me to believe in myself."

 Athay's gold medals helped the Idaho Falls boys place second Saturday with 91 points for its first state track trophy since placing third at the 5A meet in 2009.

 Parker Elliott, a senior, won the 4A boys 100 in 10.74, the 200 in 21.54, anchored the Tigers to a second-place finish in the 4x200 in 1:29.45 and to a third-place finish in the 4x100 in 43.60, a race where the top three teams all broke 44. He said he was especially happy about keeping his 200 finals time faster than 21.7.

 The second-place finish in the 4x200 was hard fought, as Elliott helped the Tigers go from being on the edge of medal contention to closing the gap on Ridgevue, which won in a 4A meet record 1:28.11.

 "I was nervous because I saw us in the fifth, sixth rank," Elliott said. "We were lane three, so we had a curve. So we were slowly catching up but I was nervous because everyone started getting their batons before me so I knew I had to make up ground."

 This spring was Elliott's second season of track ever. A football player, he was timed at 4.44 in the 40-yard dash and highly encouraged to join track. Last season, his personal bests were 11.44 in the 100 and 22.37 in the 200.

 A year later, he is an Idaho Falls team captain for track who has come to thoroughly enjoy the sport.

 "I love meeting all the teams," Elliott said. "All these kids around here,they're running with each other, talking with each other about PRs or their school or what they're ran, how they're feeling. I'm making a lot of new friends and I really love it. I love track. I do wish I had started sooner just to see how far I could come."

 Hillcrest senior Mason Edwards swept 4A boys hurdles titles, concluding an undefeated season in the 110 hurdles with a win in 14.33 and winning the 300 hurdles in 38.16. 

 

 Class 3A (Middleton High School)

 MIDDLETON--Both 3A pole vault champions achieved meet records to go along with their gold medals Friday at Middleton High.

 McCall Donnelly senior Van Vinson, who earlier this season won at Boise Relays, cleared 15-3 to win the 3A boys pole vault title. Marsh Valley sophomore Lydia Townsend, whose dad is her vault coach, cleared 11-6 to win 3A girls pole vault.

 Vinson's victory was even sweeter after disappointment at last year's state meet.

 "From no heighting last year and not even placing to finally breaking that 15 foot mark I've been trying to break for like two years now is huge," Vinson said. 

 Townsend said she was nervous after missing her first two attempts at 10-6, but her final vaults went smoother.

 Townsend has competed in track since sixth grade and had a full weekend at the 3A state meet with pole vault, high jump and both hurdles finals. She said pole vault is by far her favorite event due to the close knit community of vaulters.

 "100 hurdles is a close second but pole vault has my heart for sure," Townsend said. "I think it's the relationships that you build there."

 Townsend also cleared 5-4 to repeat as girls high jump champion and placed second in both hurdles finals. She ended the season with a personal best 12-3 in pole vault and leading Idaho with her 100 hurdles personal best of 14.37.

 Vinson's pole vault win contributed 10 points to McCall-Donnelly's 3A boys state championship, a program first.

 He was also on the winning sprint medley relay team with fellow seniors Caleb Beaman, Matthew Daniels and George Speirs. Daniels won the 400 title in 49.40 and Speirs won the 3,200 title in 9:21.89. 

 The 3A girls team race was the closest of the entire state meet weekend. Weiser repeated as state champions by half a point over Sugar-Salem, 66 to 65.5. Earlier Saturday, both the Sugar-Salem boys and girls had led the 3A team standings by slim margins.

 Weiser junior Kailee Lerew repeated as 400 champion in 58.49, wrapping up her second consecutive undefeated season in the event, and was also on the state champion medley relay in 1:51.54. Teammate Claire Matthews, a sophomore, placed fifth in the 3,200 final, second in the 800 and third in the 1,600.

 Townsend's Marsh Valley teammate Corbridge Bastian, a senior, won four medals. He won 3A boys 100 in 10.93 and the 200 in 22.08 and was part of the Eagles' winning 4x200 in 1:29.73 and second place 4x100 with Wyatt Marshall, Benjamin Carter and Christian Bastian. 

 Timberlake senior Caius Tebbe won both 3A boys hurdles titles: 15.20 for the 110 hurdles and 39.77 for the 300 hurdles.

Fruitland junior Lydia Lindsey finished the weekend with four gold medals, winning a third consecutive 200 title in 25.50, third consecutive 100 title in 12.44, repeating as long jump champion with a 3A state meet record 18-9 and winning 100 hurdles in 14.90.

American Falls senior Jordyn Kearn won both 3A girls throws, winning shot put with a mark of 43-6 and discus with a 3A meet record 151-8, the best for girls discus in Idaho this season.
Both 3A 800 titles went to Coeur d'Alene Charter. Sophomore Annabelle Carr won the girls title in a 3A meet record 2:13.78 (second fastest in Idaho this season for the event) and also won the 1,600 in 5:06.58 while senior Nathan Russell won the boys 800 in 1:55.84 and 1,600 in 4:21.61.


Sugar-Salem junior Hagan Morris won 3A boys triple jump with 46-4, a personal best and the No.3 mark in Idaho this season.

 Morris said he enjoys winning and feeling good about a jump.

 "I like landing in the sand and looking back and seeing how far I get," he said. "Makes me happy."

 South Fremont junior Brianne Bailey won 3A girls triple jump with 36-11 and 300 hurdles in a 3A meet record 44.38. Her teammate Sage Lyon won the 3,200 in 11:37.64.

 Lyon, a senior who seven months ago became South Fremont's first girls individual cross country state champion, said she planned to draft as long as she could before moving to the lead. Her win was also a state track first for her.

 "I didn't make it to state in the 2-mile before this year," Lyon said.

 South Fremont senior Noah Tanner also won gold Friday, clearing 6-6 to repeat as 3A boys high jump state champion.

 Weiser's 4x100 team of Jackson Laird, Jayden Walker, Brock Spencer and Toren Walker won in a 3A state meet record 42.80.

 

 Class 2A (Middleton High School)

MIDDLETON--Bear Lake senior Christian Bush had the attention and the cheers from everyone in the entire Middleton High stadium as he attempted history Saturday.

 Bush won the 2A boys high jump by clearing 7-1.5, the No. 2 best boys high jump mark in the U.S. this season, an overall Idaho state track meet record and an Idaho No. 1 all-time mark. He surpassed the overall state meet record mark of 7-1 by Minico's Tory Bailey in 1993.

 Entering state, his personal best had been 6-8.

 Soda Springs, longtime cross country powerhouse and the owner of Idaho's longest state title streak for any sport and any classification with 14 consecutive girls cross country titles between 2006 and 2019, can now add a track state championship to the trophy case.

The Cardinals won the 2A girls track state title Saturday with 114 points, the second largest girls team total for all five classifications. Senior Jinettie Garbett scored 40 points for Soda Springs upon winning a fourth consecutive 2A girls 400 title (57.93), third consecutive 200 title (25.25), the 100 title (12.58) and as part of the state champion 4x400 (4:05.90).

Nampa Christian compiled 87.5 points for its first 2A boys track title in five years. The Trojans had an individual champion in sophomore Ian Johnson with his 2A boys 400 win in 49.46, who was also part of the winning 4x200 in 1:30.44. Nampa Christian also won the 4x100 in 43.44.

 North Fremont junior Corbin Johnston repeated as 2A boys 3,200 champion in 9:28.35, 1,600 champion in 4:22.46, won the 800 in 1:56.91 and was part of a repeat state champion sprint medley relay win with Andrew Martin, Brady Allen and Owen Reid to contribute 40 points toward the Huskies' third place trophy.

 Johnston, 2A's two-time defending boys cross country state champion, said there were some nerves going into Friday's 3,200 final as defending state champion.

 "I was pretty nervous coming into this," Johnston said. "I felt strong, though. I was ready for it and it worked out."

 Ririe sophomore Lucy Boone won the 2A girls 3,200 in 11:51.78, getting a big hug from older sister and sixth place finisher, junior Liza Boone, in the infield as both caught their breath. 

 "She's super happy for me," Lucy Boone said. "We're always supporting each other."

 Orofino senior Lindi Kessinger swept 2A girls throws titles, winning shot put with 41-5.75 and claiming her fourth consecutive discus state title with a mark of 136-8.

 Soda Springs junior Degan Storr won both 2A boys hurdles titles, running 15.47 for 110 hurdles and 39.17 for 300 hurdles.  

 Malad senior Oaklie Hebdon ran 44.05--the fastest girls 300 hurdles time in Idaho this season for any classification--to repeat as 2A state champion and also won triple jump with 37-4.5, No. 3 best in Idaho this season. Malad completed the sweep of 2A triple jump titles as Braylen Tripp won the boys title with 45-3.5 to repeat as state champion.

 Cole Valley junior Macie Kern repeated as 2A girls pole vault champion upon clearing 10-6.

 Melba senior Brooklynn Dayley repeated as 2A girls 800 champion in a close finish with West Jefferson freshman Bella Spencer, winning in 2:19.51 to Spencer's 2:19.55. Dayley was also on the state champion sprint medley relay which won in 1:53.14. Spencer went on to win the 2A girls 1,600 title in 5:20.70.

 

Class 1A (Middleton High School)

 MIDDLETON--Challis freshman Lilly Stebbins led Idaho all season with a personal best 5-8 for girls high jump. At the 1A state meet Friday at Middleton High, she showed why she was No. 1 upon clearing it again for the 1A girls state meet record and the win. It ended up being the best girls high jump result of the entire state meet weekend for any classification. 

 She also attempted 5-9 but was unable to clear it.

 Stebbins, who also plays volleyball and basketball, started her approach so far back she was almost directly beneath the football uprights. She said her approach 'changes constantly' as she is always working on it.

 "I changed it Wednesday," Stebbins said. "So now instead of 56 feet back, I'm now 58 feet back and 10 inches. With my approach, I do a lot of bounding."

 Stebbins has quite the resume already for high jump. Last summer at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field, she cleared 5-5 to place second at the USA Track and Field National Junior Olympic Championships despite competing against athletes a year or two older than her.

 She was 14 competing in the 15 and 16 division due to missing the age cut off by a few days.

 "It was intimidating but I told myself, 'This is what you want,'" Stebbins said. "'This is not the kind of meet you want to go to one year, but five years."

 Stebbins, who went on to win Saturday's 300 hurdles final in 46.80, said she is 'five foot eleven-ish' and would like to clear her own height someday. She is one of seven Idaho girls on record to clear 5-8 or better for high jump.

Logos claimed its first 1A girls track title in nearly a decade Saturday, scoring 96 points to snap Raft River's five year streak of titles. The Knights got 40 points from senior Sara Casebolt, who won the 3,200 in 11:28.77, 1,600 in 5:16.49 and 800 in 2:15.52 and was a member of the winning 4x400 in 4:07.13.

The Rockland boys added to a historic year for their school, winning a program first 1A boys track state title with 61 points to go along with their first boys cross country state title last fall. Senior Ezra Hubbard had a big weekend, scoring 30 points for the Bulldogs thanks to wins in the 800 in a 1A state meet record 1:53.96, the 400 in 49.93 and contributing to the medley relay win in a 1A state meet record 3:35.54 and a second place finish in the 4x400 in 3:29.72.

Valley junior Lexi Huettig ended the weekend with four gold medals and three meet records. She repeated as triple jump state champion with a 1A state meet record 37-11.5, repeated as long jump state champion with 17-9, repeated as pole vault state champion with a 1A state meet record 11-0 and was a member of the state champion 4x100 which ran a 1A state meet record 50.76. Valley swept the 1A state pole vault titles as senior James Meyer cleared 13-0 to win boys pole vault.

Raft River senior Heidi Harper won four golds for the state runner-up Trojans. The Utah State signee won the 100 in 12.73, 200 in 25.62, 400 in 58.42 and was a member of the winning 4x200 in 1:48.05.

Victory Charter senior Luke Stockett repeated as 1A boys 3,200 state champion in 9:27.15 and won the 1,600 in a 1A state meet record 4:19.24.

Stockett won the boys 1-mile at Oregon Relays in 4:12.87 last month and has signed with Utah State.

"I would say I felt like really blessed lately," he said Friday. "Getting to run in a lot of cool races, meet a lot of cool people and just throw down some good times. I've got a lot of people to thank but my team, my teammates have pushed me and it's been a lot of fun to see."

Liberty Charter senior Carlotta Papa ran 15.05 for a 1A state meet record win in 100 hurdles while Prairie senior Trenton Lorentz won the 1A boys 200 in a state meet record 22.03. Lorentz was also part of 1A state meet record wins in the 4x200 in 1:30.23 and the 4x400 in 3:24.17.





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