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Rigby completes first 5A district track sweep

Rigby High School’s Brooklyn Taylor and Kaylee Poston celebrate after the 100 meter hurdles finals during the 5A District 5-6 track meet at Thunder Stadium on Friday. John Roark/ jroark@postregister.com

By MARLOWE HEREFORD
mhereford@postregister.com

The sight that unfolded upon conclusion of the 5A District 5-6 championships Friday was a familiar one but nonetheless meaningful to the Rigby High School track team.

After a year’s hiatus, the Trojans completed a district track title sweep and took their traditional victory lap around Thunder Stadium with trophies in tow and phones in hand. It was their first such sweep at the 5A level after dominating the 4A level from the mid-2000s to 2016, and it provided a bit of redemption.

The district title was the second straight in 5A for the boys, but the girls were edged last year by Upper Valley rival Madison by one point. Rigby senior and Eastern Oregon volleyball and track signee Jet Taylor said the Trojans hadn’t forgotten that, and it made Friday’s 133-112 victory margin over the Bobcats that much sweeter.

“Our first year in 5A, it was like a wake up call,” said Taylor, who qualified for state with a third-place finish in the 400 and by contributing to wins in the 4×200 and 4×400. “Last year seeing Madison do a victory lap around our home track, we told ourselves this year we weren’t gonna let that happen again. We don’t even say the word ‘Madison’ in our gym. This means a lot to me. What a day.”

Drama was rampant this year also as the boys team title race came down to a photo-finish between Rigby and Highland in the 4×400 that sent Rigby’s anchor Parker Miskin and Highland’s anchor Kade Burch sprawling to the track.

Madison High School’s Rachel Morrin leads the pack in the girls 1,600 finals during the 5A District 5-6 championships Friday at Thunder Stadium. John Roark/ jroark@postregister.com

Highland and Rigby athletes and coaches gathered near the timing trailer for video confirmation of the winner, and cheers erupted from the Trojans at the news that Miskin had led Rigby to the win by one thousandth of a second.

Miskin, a senior who does not usually run anchor, made the quick turnaround to the 4×400 after winning the 300 hurdles in 40.94.

“That was probably the most suspenseful minute of my life,” Miskin said of the wait, his right arm bearing the scrapes from his falling across the finish line. “It was a great race. It’s pretty amazing.”

Rigby head coach James Parrish, who said he was surprised his smart watch didn’t flat line while watching the boys 4×400, was quick to credit his fellow coaches for a program first sweep at the 5A level.

“I have the best coaching staff in the world,” Parrish said. “I wouldn’t trade them for college coaches. The kids listen to them and believe them. I think we’ll surprise people in a few events (next week). This was another stepping stone and 5A is loaded, but we’re getting there.”

Miskin’s win also completed a 4×400 sweep for the Trojans, who claimed the girls title in the event for the first time since the school record and undefeated 4A state champion team in 2013. Anchoring the win in 4:08.88 was another hurdler, sophomore Brooklyn Taylor, who was soon after mobbed by teammates Jet Taylor, Kenadee Gneiting and Allison Johnson.

“She’s a beast,” Jet Taylor said. “Me and Kenadee have been on this team for three years and we’ve always come up just short of going to state.”

“We’ve worked for this every year and we finally got it,” Gneiting said.

Like Miskin, Taylor made the quick turnaround after winning the girls hurdles in 45.94 to pair with her 100 hurdles win earlier in 15.42. Last year’s 5A 100 hurdles state runner-up, Taylor enters next week’s 5A state meet at Dona Larsen Park with Idaho’s top time in 5A and No. 2 fastest for any classification (15.13) and with ambitions of running sub-15.

“I really want to be state champion in the 100s and top five in the 300s,” she said.

Bonneville High School’s Stetson Moss competes in the boys 1,600 finals during the 5A District 5-6 championships Friday at Thunder Stadium. Moss won in 4:27.86. John Roark/ jroark@postregister.com

Beyond Rigby, several other athletes celebrated multiple wins Friday. Madison’s Rachel Morrin won the 800 (2:24.87), 1,600 (5:18.72) and 3,200 (11:53.89) to lead a Bobcat charge in the distance events and bring her career total 1,600 titles to three and snag an elusive fourth 3,200 district title.

“I was kinda nervous this year like ‘What if this year I just fail?’” Morrin said with a laugh. “I’m grateful.”

The 800 title came after three attempts to start the race after Rigby’s Rainey Gallup tripped up after the first start. The meet was paused as she was patched up in the medical tent and she and some of her competitors appeared shaken. Gallup not only returned to the starting line, but finished fifth and exchanged heartfelt embraces with several other 800 runners afterwards.

“I felt so bad for Rainey,” Morrin said. “I’m so proud of her for running that race.”

Bonneville sophomore Stetson Moss also won multiple distance titles, claiming the boys 3,200 in 9:55.95 and the 1,600 in 4:27.86. He said he opted to drop the 800 to focus on improving his times in the two other distance events.

“Three events is a lot to focus on,” Moss said. “I just want to see if I can do better. I just want to do the best I can next week and see how it plays out.”

The boys 800 title went to Rigby senior Joe Campbell in 2:00.55, moving past Highland’s Brenden Kilgore in the bell lap.

“That last 300 is where I usually kick it in,” Campbell said.

Sweeps occurred in the sprints as Madison senior Blake Moseley won the boys 100 and 200 in 11.30 and 22.30 to go with his contributions to the winning 4×100 and 4×200 teams and Hillcrest’s Ara Omotowa repeated as champion in the girls 100 (12.54) and 200 (26.15).

“I’m thankful,” said Omotowa, defending 5A state 100 champion. “I can’t wait for state. We’ll see what God has planned.”

Moseley said this is the first time he’s ever qualified for state in four events, and he was especially happy to have contributed to a school record in Friday’s 4×100 win.

“I think we can still improve on our handoffs, but I think we have a good chance to win next week,” Moseley said.

Blake Moseley anchors Madison to the win in the boys 4 x 200-meter relay during the 5A District 5-6 track championships Friday at Thunder Stadium. Moseley won four golds at the meet. John Roark/ jroark@postregister.com

5A District 5-6 track championships

Thursday and Friday at Thunder Stadium

*Top four individual placers, top two relays automatically qualify for state. At-large bids determined Sunday*

**complete results on athletic.net

Girls

Team scores: 1. Rigby 133; 2, Madison 112; 3, Hillcrest 55; 4, Highland 44; 5, Bonneville 28

Individual results (top 5 only)

100: 1, Araoluwa Omotowa (HILL) 12.54; 2, Sade Williams (BONN) 12.83; 3, Rayven Nealey (MAD) 12.91; 4, Aubrey Scott (RIG) 13.02; 5, Savannah Lee (MAD) 13.19.

200: 1, Araoluwa Omotowa (HILL) 26.15; 2, Aubrey Scott (RIG) 26.67; 3, Sade Williams (BONN) 26.76; 4, Kayeli Wasden (MAD) 27.20; 5, Shaylee Dye (BONN) 27.67.

400: 1, Kayeli Wasden (MAD) 1:00.96; 2, Sierra John (HILL) 1:01.17; 3, Jet Taylor (RIG) 1:01.36; 4, Lizzy Gehmlich (MAD) 1:01.42; 5, Sadie Gardner (HIGH) 1:02.12.

800: 1, Rachel Morrin (MAD) 2:24.87; 2, Kiley Moldenhauer (MAD) 2:26.19; 3, Anna Sanford (HIGH) 2:27.82; 4, Breanna Bohney (BONN) 2:28.26; 5, Rainey Gallup (RIG) 2:29.91.

1,600: 1, Rachel Morrin (MAD) 5:18.72; 2, Kiley Moldenhauer (MAD) 5:24.63; 3, Janessa Lemon (MAD) 5:26.52; 4, Anna Sanford (HIGH) 5:27.03; 5, Sara Lemon (MAD) 5:31.66.

3,200: 1, Rachel Morrin (MAD) 11:53.89; 2, Hailey Thueson (HILL) 11:56.09; 3, Sara Lemon (MAD) 11:58.32; 4, Hailey Phillips, Hailey (RIG) 12:15.27; 5, Morgan Dean (RIG) 12:16.31.

100 Hurdles: 1, Brooklyn Taylor (RIG) 15.42; 2, Savananh Lee (MAD) 16.73; 3, Kaylee Poston (RIG) 16.79; 4, Lazai Koontz (HILL) 17.21; 5, Mariell Dopp (BONN) 17.50.

300 hurdles: 1, Brooklyn Taylor (RIG) 45.94; 2, Hannah Bolingbroke (MAD) 47.52; 3, Lazai Koontz (HILL) 48.67; 4, Kaylee Poston (RIG) 49.95; 5, Hailey Bybee (HILL) 52.03.

4×100: 1, Madison (Savannah Lee, Morgan Hurst, Kayeli Wasden, Rayven Nealey) 49.82; 2, Bonneville 49.86; 3, Hillcrest 50.11; 4, Rigby 51.89; 5, Highland 52.15.

4×200: 1, Rigby (Hanna Marley, Jet Taylor, Aubrey Scott, Emma Shippen) 1:47.41. 2, Hillcrest 1:49.09. 3, Highland 1:49.65.

4×400: 1, Rigby (Jet Taylor, Allison Johnson, Kenadee Gneiting, Brooklyn Taylor) 4:08.88; 2, Hillcrest 4:10.35; 3, Highland 4:10.88; 4, Madison 4:12.69.

4×800: 1, Madison (Jessica Sutton, Janessa Lemon, Witlee Manner, Kiley Moldenhauer) 10:04.28. 2, Highland 10:05.79. 3, Rigby 10:20.99. 4, Bonneville 10:37.79.

High Jump: 1, Taiylor Bybee (RIG) 5-04; 2, Hallie Austin (HIGH) 5-02. 3, Jordan King (HIGH) 5-00; 3, Marissa West (RIG) 5-00; 5, Audrey Marotz (RIG) 4-10.

Long Jump: 1, Rayven Nealey (MAD) 18-02.25; 2, Janet Schley (RIG) 17-08.75; 3, Magan Herbst (BONN) 16-11.75; 4, Kaylee Gneiting (RIG) 15-11; 5, Tylie Jones (RIG) 15-09.50.

Triple Jump: 1, Rayven Nealey (MAD) 39-09; 2, Janet Schley (RIG) 36-04.25; 3, Taiylor Bybee (RIG) 34-09.25; 3, Tylie Jones (RIG) 34-09.25; 5, Kaylee Neilsen (HIGH) 32-07.

Pole Vault: 1, Lindsey Jones (HIGH) 11-00; 2, Aubrey Scott (RIG) 10-00; 2, Emma Shippen (RIG) 10-00; 4, Morgan Hurst (MAD 9-06; 5, Mariell Dopp (BONN) 9-00.

Shot Put: 1, Mateya Mobley (RIG) 40-01; 2, Alexis Martinez (RIG) 32-07; 3, Jessie Yorgensen (HILL) 30-01. 4, Sydney Johnson (MAD) J30-01; 5, Allie Thayne (HIGH) 29-10.

Discus: 1, Mateya Mobley (RIG) 105-03.50; 2, Journey Ivie (RIG) 103-05; 3, Allie Thayne (HIGH) 103-02.50; 4, Alexis Martinez (RIG) 96-00; 5, Gabby Blad (BONN) 85-04.

Boys

Team Scores: 1, Rigby 120; 2, Madison 118.5; 3, Highland 72.5; 4, Hillcrest 33; 5, Bonneville 24.

Individual results (top 5 only)

100: 1, Blake Moseley (MAD) 11.30; 2, Karson Hastings (MAD) 11.32; 3,Drake Hill (HIGH) 11.37; 4, Colton Reifschneider (BONN) 11.59; 5, Val Clarke (MAD) 11.73.

200: 1, Blake Moseley (MAD) 22.30; 2, Colton Reifschneider (BONN) 22.69; 3, Karson Hastings (MAD) 22.70; 4, Cooper Poll (MAD) 23.28; 5, Landon Demuzio (HIGH) 23.30.

400: 1, Kade Burch (HIGH) 50.89; 2, Jackson Monk (HILL) 52.19; 3, Luke Tapp (RIG) 52.90; 4, Trenton Fried (RIG) 53.10; 5, Ethan Clarke (RIG) 53.51.

800: 1, Joe Campbell (RIG) 2:00.55; 2, Brenden Kilgore (HIGH) 2:03.19; 3, Jared Harden (HIGH) 2:03.76; 4, Francesco Alemani (RIG) 2:03.84; 5, Christian Bacon (HIGH) 2:04.57.

1,600: 1, Stetson Moss (BONN) 4:27.86; 2, Spencer Stutz (MAD) 4:31.49; 3, Brenden Kilgore (HIGH) 4:36.88; 4, Jared Harden (HIGH) 4:41.14. 5, Chance Sleight (MAD) 4:44.86.

3,200: 1, Stetson Moss (BONN) 9:55.95; 2, Spencer Stutz (MAD) 10:20.93; 3, Madsen Rhinehart (HILL) 10:36.05; 4, Avery Orr (HIGH) 10:38.52; 5, Chance Sleight (MAD) 10:45.87.

110 hurdles: 1, Hunter Madsen (MAD) 16.04; 2, Noah Whitaker (HILL) 16.55; 3, Bryce Cook (HILL) 16.81; 4, Parker Miskin (RIG) 16.87; 5, Kyson Hill (MAD) 17.54

300 hurdles: 1, Parker Miskin (RIG) 40.94; 2, Tylen Preston (HIGH) 41.59; 3, Jeremy Jacobson (MAD) 41.85; 4, Bryce Cook (HILL) 42.57; 5, Tyken Stibal (RIG) 42.93.

4×100: 1, Madison (Cooper Poll, Austin Burrell, Karson Hastings, Blake Moseley) 42.61; 2, Rigby 44.04; 3, Hillcrest 44.91;

4×200: 1, Madison (Cooper Poll, Val Clarke, Karson Hastings, Blake Moseley) 1:28.38; 2, Highland 1:31.94; 3, Rigby 1:31.97.

4×400: 1, Rigby (Ethan Clarke, Trenton Fried, Luke Tapp, Parker Miskin) 3:27.48; 2, Highland 3:27.49; 3, Madison 3:29.62; 4, Hillcrest 3:47.48.

4×800: 1, Rigby (Dalton Johnson, Luke Tapp, Francesco Alemani, Joseph Campbell) 8:20.60. 2, Highland 8:30.03. 3, Madison 8:50.19.

High Jump: 1, Nathan Fullmer (MAD) 6-04; 2, Kaden Hall (RIG) 6-02; 3, Hunter Madsen (MAD) J6-02; 4, Matt Butler (MAD) 5-10; 4, Christian Bacon (HIGH) 5-10.

Pole Vault: 1, David Jacobson (MAD) 14-06; 2, Hunter Jensen (RIG) 14-00; 2, Luke Scott (RIG) 14-00; 4, Brayden Denney (HILL) 13-06; 5, Parker Ballard (MAD) 12-06.

Long Jump: 1, Hunter Jensen (RIG) 22-11.25; 2, Michael Kinsy (RIG) 21-01.50; 3, Adam Jones (HIGH) 20-11; 4, Jordan Neuerburg (HILL) 20-09; 5, Gutama Haws (HILL) 20-08.75.

Triple Jump: 1, Michael Kinsy (RIG) 45-07; 2, Wyatt Wanstrom (RIG) 42-01; 3, Jonathan Hunt (MAD) 41-07; 4, Mason McWhorter (MAD) 40-11.50; 5, Adam Jones (HIGH) 40-10.

Shot Put: 1, Tane Togiai (RIG) 50-05; 2, Nathan Franz (RIG) 49-08; 3, Hunter Proctor (MAD) 48-00; 4, Carter Stanford (MAD) 45-04; 5, Boyd Madsen (RIG) 43-10.

Discus: 1, Jack Hall (HIGH) 146-08.50; 2, Nathan Franz (RIG) 139-07.50; 3, Nathan Sanders (MAD) 133-03; 4, Matthew Mansfield (HIGH) 131-10; 5, Tane Togiai (RIG) 129-10.50.

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