One gold for track
team at Buhl Rotary meet
place in a tough field
competition was very tough but the spirit was willing for the Wood River
High School track and field teams during Thursday’s fourth annual Buhl
Rotary Invitational meet.
was even one surprise gold medal performance for Wood River at the
15-school meet which featured boys’ and girls’ team winner Jerome plus
other track powers like Twin Falls, Spring Creek (Nev.) and Filer.
Mills pulled off what coach J.C. Nemecek called "a huge
surprise" by winning the 1600-meter run in a personal-best 5:59.75.
his climb up the all-time Wolverine charts in the tough 300m intermediate
hurdles, senior Cole Everman (41.48 seconds) placed second to Jerome’s
Nathan Capps, who set a meet record in 40.73.
drawing close to the top five all-time Wood River runners in the
outstanding effort was sophomore Matt Pruett and his third-place
22.7-second time in the 200m dash. And senior Ashley Howe was fourth in
the 400m dash (1:01.7) plus sixth with a 26.2-second personal best in the
Wolverine boys made a major impression in the relays with a third place at
the 800m distance, fourth in the medley and fifth in the 400m relay.
Hayward logged an eighth-place finish in the 110m high hurdles.
girls also had a promising day in the relays. In three of the four relays
the Wolverine girls finished only behind bigger schools, Nemecek said.
relay of Erin Elgee, Robin Kearns, Caitlin Blanton and Howe (1:53.9) was
third, Jerome winning in 1:52.6.
place were the 800m relay (Elgee, Blanton, Rebecca Schwartzenberger, Howe
in 1:52.9) and the 400m relay (Elgee, Blanton, Kearns, Schwartzenberger in
Safran ended up sixth in the high jump and Rachel Richards finished eighth
in the 1600m run.
bests were achieved by Maddie Thies high hurdles, Jessica King shotput,
Syringa Stark discus, Natalie Safran high jump and 1600m plus all four
800m runners—Mills, Ashley McQueen, Rachel Richards and Jenni Borda.
River competes in the Bob Shay Invitational meet on the same Buhl track
Thursday, May 2.