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Skyline sweeps 4A District 5-6 track titles

Idaho Falls’ Laurel Taylor pulls away to win the girls 100 finals Friday at the 4A District Championships at Iron Horse Stadium in Pocatello. Jordon Beesley/Idaho State Journal

By MICHAEL GUISE
Idaho State Journal

POCATELLO — Skyline track and field coach coach Chase Meyer said everything started with the Grizzlies’ football team.

The squad defeated Bishop Kelly in the 4A 2016 state championship game to win its first title since 1992 and that set off a chain-reaction. The ensuing track season in 2017 came and went with another title, as the Grizzlies’ boys team won a 4A District 5-6 crown for the first time since 2002.

Skyline’s winning ways continued Friday at Iron Horse Stadium as the Grizzlies swept the two-day, district meet to claim their second consecutive boys title and first girls crown since 2006.

“That culture of success is spreading,” Meyer said. “This is where we belong. It has trickled over, and everyone is joining the party.”

Skyline’s boys tallied 184 points, 19 points ahead of second-place Pocatello and 49 points ahead of third-place Idaho Falls. Skyline’s girls finished with 181 points, 30 more than second-place Idaho Falls and 61 more than third-place and defending district champion Preston.

The Grizzlies had 12 first-place finishers and two races where the squad had the top-three finishers.

“I thought all year long our boys would do it and be strong,” Meyer said. “It was the girls who worked their tails off and improved a ton. We’ve had some great additions and the returning kids have gotten better.”

Skyline’s Chayse Kidd swept the boys 100- and 200-meter races, while teammate Zedekiah Davis won both the 110- and 300-meter hurdles. Teammate Sariah Harrison won Thursday’s girls 3,200-meter race and won Friday’s girls 1,600-meter race while finishing fourth in the girls 800-meter race.

“I’m really happy,” Harrison said. “I got a personal best in my mile. … I was happy with my two mile. It’s been fun.”

Harrison has been Skyline’s standout freshman this season. In her last four 1,600 races, she has crossed the finish line with a time of 5 minutes, 29 seconds or better, including Friday’s 5:23.76. Friday was also the second time this season Harrison ran the 800 in a meet.

“I’m just working toward state and improving,” Harrison said.

The Grizzlies had 16 boys 14 girls notch top-four marks to automatically qualify for next week’s 4A state meet at Dona Larsen Park in Boise. The Grizzlies are also sending two relay teams to state.

“Our coaching staff is fantastic,” Meyer said. “We do a great job of putting kids where they need to be to compete in multiple events and be strong. Our coaches get these kids ready, and the kids are so coachable.”

Idaho Falls’ second-place finish on the girls side was highlighted by Laurel Taylor’s dominance on the track. The Tigers’ runner won the girls 100 and 200 and ran the anchor leg on the girls 4×100 and 4×200-meter relays that finished first. Teammate Katie Montgomery won girls triple jump, long jump and high jump, getting a personal best in high jump and a personal best and breaking a 31 year-old school record in triple jump.

“I just try my best and try to improve,” Taylor said. “That’s how I think of it. It’s fun being out here.”

Taylor is the two-time district champion in the 100 and won her first 200 crown Friday with a time of 25.95, her second-best mark of the season.

At state last season as a sophomore, Taylor finished third in the 100 and sixth in the 200.

“I don’t think I’ll be the top at state, but I want to be up there,” Taylor said. “I’m looking forward to seeing who the competition is.”

THOMAS BELIEVES

Derek Thomas hears the cheering from his friends and family in the stands and gets a boost.

The Blackfoot senior credits his support group with his success and that was on display Friday at the final day of the 4A District 5-6 meet. Thomas qualified for the 4A state championships by winning his third consecutive boys 800 district title in 1:59.71 and contributing to the sprint medley relay’s win.

“This has been a great year for me,” Thomas said. “I’ve been running faster times than I have at state previously. That is a good thing for me.”

Thomas’ 800 win was by nearly two seconds ahead of second-place Zach Erikson of Idaho Falls and the fifth time in seven meets this season that he has run sub-2. He had seven such marks in his previous three seasons.

“That jump was all mental,” Thomas said. “It’s always been there, I’ve always been able to run that fast. I just believe now. That has set apart my times.”

Thomas’ next goal is defending his title as two-time defending state champion in the 800. Thomas’ 1:55.97 at April’s YMCA Invitational is the fourth-best 800 mark in Idaho, but he knows where he stands.

“I need to keep racing smart,” Thomas said. “I ran well today. I have to reflect on today and do that again.”

Fellow Bronco Bracken Morris won the boys 400 and Cade Ricks won boys pole vault. Tenleigh Smith finished third in the girls 200, fourth in the 400 and also ran anchor on Blackfoot’s girls 4×400 relay squad that finished second.

Fellow Blackfoot track star Abby Hurst suffered an injury Thursday on day one of the meet and could not race Friday.

4A District 5-6 track championships

Thursday and Friday in Pocatello

*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. Skyline 181; 2. Idaho Falls 151; 3. Preston 120; 4. Pocatello 117; 5. Blackfoot 73; 6. Century 66

Individual results (top 5 only)

100: 1. Laurel Taylor (IF) 12.96; 2. Hannah Fish (SKY) 13.40; 3. Jassah Quoi (POC) 13.43; 4. Jenaya Vander Stoep (SKY) 13.09; 5. Mya Benson (IF) 13.43

200: 1. Laurel Tayl0r (IF) 25.95; 2. Jenaya Vander Stoep (SKY) 27.08; 3. Tenleigh Smith (BLAC) 27.64; 4. Megan Treasure (CENT) 27.76; 5. Emily Peterson (BLAC) 27.80

400: 1. Harlee Hales (POC) 57.50; 2. Adison Spillett (POC) 58.97; 3. Breanne Herrmann (SKY) 59.68; 4. Tenleigh Smith (BLAC) 1:00.52; 5. Emily Peterson (BLAC) 1:01.97

800: 1. Harlee Hales (POC) 2:23.24; 2. Kristen Thomas (BLAC) 2:25.42; 3. Ali Shumway (PRE) 2:30.05; 4. Sariah Harrison (SKY) 2:33.44; 5. Tayla Liddle (IF) 2:38.89

1,600: 1. Sariah Harrison (SKY) 5:23.76; 2. Paige Shumway (PRE) 5:35.95; 3. Emma Clarke (IF) 5:36.03; 4. Daphne Herway (IF) 5:37.38; 5. Adria Roberts (SKY) 5:38.34

3,200: 1. Sariah Harrison (SKY) 11:37.55; 2. Megan Reed (SKY) 12:20.74; 3. Adria Roberts (SKY) 12:21.41; 4. Paige Shumway (PRE) 12:40.73; 5. Sadee Atkinson (IF) 12:53.96

100 hurdles: 1. Madilyn Zink (CEN) 15.56; 2. Macy Olson (SKY) 16.00; 3. Stetson Pendleton (PRE) 16.55; 4. Kaitlyn Neff (BLAC) 16.70; 5. Halli Olson (SKY) 16.72

300 hurdles: 1. Breanne Herrman (SKY) 46.53; 2. Macy Olson (SKY) 46.58; 3. Madilyn Zink (CEN) 46.88; 4. Stetson Pendleton (PRE) 47.92; 5. Alexis Harris (PRE) 50.94

4×100: 1. Idaho Falls (Mya Benson, Kennady Goddard, Kaila Smith, Laurel Taylor) 51.50; 2. Pocatello 51.52; 3. Preston 51.80; 4. Skyline 52.45; 5. Century 53.15

4×200: 1. Idaho Falls (Mya Benson, Kennady Goddard, Kaila Smith, Laurel Taylor) 1:46.80; 2. Preston 1:48.58; 3. Pocatello 1:48.69; 4. Century 1:49.38; 5. Skyline 1:52.19

4×400: 1. Pocatello (Adison Spillett, Ally Whitmer, Nicole Rue, Harlee Hales) 4:02.39; 2. Blackfoot 4:08.18; 3. Skyline 4:08.19; 4. Preston 4:11.29; 5. Idaho Falls 4:43.74

Sprint medley: 1. Pocatello (Jassah Quoi, Adison Spillett, Ally Whitmer, Harlee Hales) 1:48.74; 2. Skyline 1:50.43; 3. Blackfoot 1:54.46; 4. Idaho Falls 1:55.44; 5. Preston 1:57.83

Shot put: 1. Destiny Harris (POC) 36-1.25; 2. Bri Molina (SKY) 35-6.5; 3. Vanessa Delgadillo (IF) 32-0; 4. Senaida Gonzalez (SKY) 31-6; 5. Samantha Mitchell (IF) 31-2.5

Discus: 1. Destiny Harris (POC) 114-3; 2. Vanessa Delgadillo (IF) 108-6; 3. Harley Carlisle (PRE) 107-7.5; 4. Larisa Knapp (PRE) 103-5; 5. Cassidy Cooper (BLAC) 98-4.5

High jump: 1. Katie Montgomery (IF) 5-6; 2. Shelby Vasas (CEN) 5-0; 3. Kaitlyn Neff (BLAC) 4-10; 3. Harley Carlisle (PRE) 4-10; 5. Cora Crotteau (SKY) 4-6; 5. Paige Smart (PRE) 4-6

Pole vault: 1. Clarissa Jacobson (SKY) 9-1; 2. Gracy Keim (IF) 8-1; 3. Kiersten Wright (BLAC) 8-1; 4. Eboni Beasley (BLAC) 7-7; 5. Burkleigh Yost (CEN) 7-7

Long jump: 1. Katie Montgomery (IF) 16-7.5; 2. Alexis Higley (PRE) 16-1.5; 3. Sharissa Hollis (CEN) 16-1.25; 4. Savannah Royal (PRE) 15-9.25; 5. Brenna Johnson (BLAC) 15-6.75

Triple jump: 1. Katie Montgomery (IF) 37-10; 2. Savannah Royal (PRE) 35-8.25; 3. Sharissa Hollis (CEN) 34-9.25; 4. Hailey Roubidoux (POC) 33-7.5; 5. Alexis Marlette (SKY) 33-5

Boys

Team scores: 1. Skyline 184; 2. Pocatello 165; 3. Idaho Falls 135; 4. Preston 113; 5. Blackfoot 72; 6. Century 39

Individual results (top 5 only)

100: 1. Chayse Kidd (SKY) 11.75; 2. Miles Cook (SKY) 11.90; 3. Connor Maloney (SKY) 11.96; 4. Sean Clarke (BLAC) 11.98; 5. Luis Perez (IF) 12.03

200: Chayse Kidd (SKY) 23.13; 2. Brett Roberts (PRE) 23.26; 3. Amari Evans (CEN) 23.28; 4. Miles Cook (SKY) 23.45; 5. Tyler Peck (POC) 23.55

400: 1. Bracken Morse (BLAC) 51.53; 2. Kason Hewatt (POC) 51.57; 3. Kyler Burbank (PRE) 51.59; 4. Landon Woods (CEN) 51.99; 5. Kaden Hales (POC) 52.66

800: 1. Derek Thomas (BLAC) 1:59.71; 2. Zach Erikson (IF) 2:01.53; 3. Zac Bright (IF) 2:01.77; 4. Matthew Gyles (IF) 2:01.94; 5. Shane Gard (POC) 2:03.14

1,600: 1. Zach Erikson (IF) 4:30.84; 2. Dallin Bird (POC) 4:32.04; 3. Shane Gard (POC) 4:34.09; 4. Josh Harrison (PRE) 4:34.10; 5. McKay Harms (SKY) 4:37.05

3,200: 1. Zach Erikson (IF) 9:51.62; 2. Dallin Bird (POC) 9:51.75; 3. Mitchell Athay (IF) 10:02.92; 4. Josh Harrison (PRE) 10:02.98; 5. McKay Harms (SKY) 10:13.41

110 hurdles: 1. Zedekiah Davis (SKY) 15.71; 2. Carson Christensen (IF) 16.42; 3. Andrew Iverson (PRE) 16.72; 4. Augustus Thompson (PRE) 17.19; 5. Zackary Lott (SKY) 17.21

300 hurdles: 1. Zedekiah Davis (SKY) 41.36; 2. Andrew Iverson (PRE) 42.19; 3. Clayton Davis (POC) 42.60; 4. Tate Jenkins (SKY) 43.05; 5. Carson Christensen (IF) 43.13

4×100: 1. Skyline (Connor Maloney, Chayse Kidd, Zion Johnson, Miles Cook) 44.31; 2. Preston 44.45; 3. Pocatello 44.46; 4. Century 45.56; 5. Blackfoot 47.16

4×200: 1. Pocatello (Braxton Staples, Kason Hewatt, Tyler Peck, Brock Snow) 1:31.43; 2. Preston 1:32.29; 3. Idaho Falls 1:35.53; 4. Skyline 1:36.50; 5. Blackfoot 1:37.11

4×400: 1. Preston (Moses Thomander, Derek Wadsworth, Brett Roberts, Kyler Burbank) 3:29.98; 2. Pocatello 3:30.21; 3. Blackfoot 3:32.06; 4. Skyline 3:38.21; 5. Idaho Falls 3:38.41

Sprint medley: 1. Blackfoot (Brandon Brower, Sean Clark, Bracken Morse, Derek Thomas0 3:37.62; 2. Pocatello 3:37.91; 3. Preston 3:45.80; 4. Idaho Falls 3:46.99; 5. Skyline 3:53.99

Shot put: 1. Daniel Helsley (SKY) 59-2.5; 2. Brayden Parker (PRE) 55-10; 3. Marley Garcia (SKY) 47-3; 4. Quay Lang (CEN) 46-5; 5. Parker Reynolds (SKY) 45-11.5

Discus: 1. Joel Cortez (SKY) 147-7.5; 2. Daniel Helsley (SKY) 144-1; 3. Brayden Parker (PRE) 140-5; 4. Ethan Perttula (IF) 139-3; 5. James Cline (POC) 127-10.5

High jump: 1. Zac Merrill (IF) 6-4; 2. Dakota Erchul (CEN) 6-4; 3. Kobee Gunter (POC) 6-2; 4. Nick Carter (SKY) 6-0; 5. Cade Ricks (BLAC) 5-10

Pole vault: 1. Cade Ricks (BLAC) 13-7; 2. Zackary Lott (SKY) 11-7; 3. Logan Romney (PRE) 11-7; 3. Caleb Mann (SKY) 11-7; 5. Jaxen Nochebuena (BLAC) 11-1

Long jump: 1. Spencer Harding (SKY) 21-7.75; 2. Brock Snow (POC) 21-6; 3. Braxton Staples (POC) 21-5; 4. Kobee Gunter (POC) 21-4.25; 5. Amari Evans (CEN) 21-3.5

Triple jump: 1. Kobee Gunter (POC) 45-2.5; 2. Zac Merrill (IF) 44-9.5; 3. Brock Snow (POC) 44-6.5; 4. Braxton Staples (POC) 44-0

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