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Skyline grad Erica Wendt Richardson shares her return to competitive running with her family

By • Jul 19th, 2015 • Category: Cross Country, Features, Lead Story, News, Track

OSGOOD—If walls could talk, Erica Wendt Richardson’s childhood home would have plenty to share about a woman who went from a Division I recruit to a sponsored national champion runner. The Osgood house where her career began two decades ago intertwines past and present, perhaps more so since she and her husband, Tim, bought the [...]

Firth’s Nelson signs second letter of intent with Oregon Tech

By • Jul 17th, 2015 • Category: Girls basketball, News, Recruiting, Track, Volleyball

Volleyball and basketball have been longtime passions for recent Firth High School graduate Bailey Nelson, who had standout four-year careers in both sports as a Cougar. Thanks to a whirlwind process that began three weeks ago, she will play both sports in college. Nelson, who signed in November to be an outside hitter for Oregon [...]

Area athletes turn the page on track season at youth state meet

By • Jul 12th, 2015 • Category: News, Track

REXBURG — The 2015 track season officially ended in Idaho at Saturday’s Idaho State Youth Track Championships, but not before providing a glimpse of the next generation. Between parting remarks while lingering outside the Madison Junior High School track for the last time until spring, athletes proudly displayed their medals and exchanged congratulations from a [...]

After milestone 2015 season, former Rigby sprinter Mecham looking ahead to 2016

By • Jul 4th, 2015 • Category: Lead Story, News, Track

With one of the biggest weeks of her young career behind her, Elsja Mecham is turning her attention to 2016 and two major prospects she hopes will come to fruition. Running for a Division I track program, and vying for a spot on Team USA for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. [...]

Mecham finishes seventh at World Youth Trials finals

By • Jul 2nd, 2015 • Category: News, Track

Former Rigby sprinter Elsja Mecham was battling for third place in the 400-meter hurdles finals at the World Youth Trials when her race took an unexpected turn Wednesday. She clipped a hurdle on the last curve and fell, getting up a few seconds later to finish the race in 1 minute, 4.58 seconds for seventh [...]

Mecham advances to World Youth Trials finals

By • Jul 1st, 2015 • Category: News, Track

After a quick turnaround, former Rigby sprinter Elsja Mecham was back on the track and advancing to the finals of another major meet. Three days after placing fourth and beating three collegiate athletes at the USA Track and Field Junior Outdoors Championships at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field, Mecham won her heat of the [...]

Former Rigby sprinter Mecham finishes fourth at USA Junior Outdoor finals

By • Jun 28th, 2015 • Category: News, Track

Former Rigby sprinter Elsja Mecham ended her weekend in Tracktown USA with another impressive finish in a loaded race. Running in lane 8, Mecham finished fourth in 59.36 seconds in Saturday’s junior women’s 400-meter hurdles finals at the USA Track and Field Junior Outdoor Championships at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field. She led through [...]

Former Rigby sprinter Mecham makes finals at USA Junior Outdoors

By • Jun 27th, 2015 • Category: News, Track

Former Rigby sprinter Elsja Mecham can add “advance to the finals of an international qualifier track meet” to her growing list of track accomplishments. The 17-year-old ran a personal best time of 58.27 seconds in Friday’s junior women’s 400-meter hurdles heats — the third fastest time of three heats — to advance to tonight’s finals [...]

Moving on up: Former Rigby sprinter Mecham among nation’s top 15 hurdlers

By • Jun 24th, 2015 • Category: Features, Lead Story, News, Track

A new year at a new school and Elsja Mecham continues to set herself apart as one of the nation’s best sprinters. The Rigby native moved to Utah last July as an eight-time Idaho individual state champion, two-time state record holder and a four-time Rigby record holder who ranked 35th on’s girls 300-meter hurdles [...]

2015 PR Female Track Athlete of the Year: Keanne Alston, Rigby

By • Jun 21st, 2015 • Category: Lead Story, News, Track

While the Christopher Reeve era teenage Superman outran trains, Rigby’s Keanne Alston grew up racing school buses. In the morning, she tried to beat the bus to her stop. She continued the game in the afternoon by exiting early to race the bus to where she usually got off. Occasionally, classmates joined the fun. “I [...]