Nine Carey girls make state track
Raft River sweeps district titles
Track and field athletes from the area’s
small schools battled it out last week, trying to nail down berths in the 49th
annual Idaho High School Track and Field Championships May 20-22 at Bronco
Raft River, Oakley and Carey had an
extremely close contest in the girls’ division during the Fourth District 1A
championships May 12-13 at Bruin Stadium in Twin Falls. But Raft River had more
depth and prevailed 96-95 over Oakley, with Carey third (83.5).
Carey, winning the 1600-meter relay and
booking the tickets of three relay teams for state, qualified nine girls for the
upcoming state meet. The Panthers amassed 32 points in the relays and 20.5
points in field events.
Panther coach Lane Kirkland said, "I
thought we had a chance for second place at district, but I couldn’t be more
satisfied that we’re taking nine girls to the state meet."
Highlights for Carey at district included
Kiri Adamson’s school-record long jump; Cheyanne Bingham’s first-time state
qualification in both hurdles events; and the continued improvement of the
Adamson, a senior who had already clinched
second place in long jump with a school-record 15-8 ½, decided to take a third
jump. She added another inch, ending at 15-9 ½.
"The last was the smoothest jump I’ve ever
seen Kiri make," said coach Kirkland. "In those last two jumps she broke the
school record of 15-7 that had stood for over 20 years."
Bingham, the latest star in a large family
that has become synonymous with Carey hurdling, had been to state on relay
teams, but she did a good job in the hurdles at district and qualified with
fourth places in the highs and intermediates.
The only Carey gold at district meet came
from its 1600m relay of Amanda Hill, Brooke McAfee, Whitney Peck and Serene
Bingham. McAfee is a junior. Hill and Peck are sophomores and Bingham a
Kirkland said, "That’s a bunch of young
girls. But they’ve dropped their times five or six seconds each week."
Besides Adamson’s long jump, Carey’s other
silver medals at district came from its highly-regarded medley and 800m relays
of seniors Kiri Adamson and Cheyanne Bingham, and sophs Lacy Peterson and Brenna
Both relays lost at district by the
slimmest of margins to Raft River, setting up another showdown on the Lyle Smith
track in Boise. Carey is the defending State 1A champ 800m relay squad—Adamson,
Bingham and Silva returning from that winning team.
Silva, Carey’s best sprinter, earned a
state berth with a fourth place in the 400m dash but she missed qualifying with
a seventh place at 200m. She wasn’t at 100%. Kirkland said, "Brenna pulled a hip
flexor in practice Wednesday and that held her up."
But Silva did make up 10 meters as the
anchor of the 800m relay and pulled Carey into second place.
Other outstanding girls were Oakley senior
Ali Cranney, who won the 100m and 200m dashes; her Hornet teammate Sara
Archibald, winner of both hurdles; and Shoshone soph Kyli Astle, who swept the
One year removed from its state track
runner-up finish, the Carey boys had a tough district meet and finished 12th
overall with 16 points. The Panthers didn’t qualify anyone for state.
Carey’s best hope in the individual
events, senior K.C. Rivera, didn’t compete because he injured his hip during the
400m finals of the Northside Conference meet in Carey May 6, coach Blaine Tingey
Raft River’s boys, winning three of four
relays and five of the six field events, piled up an 184-78 district win over
runner-up Hagerman. Brian Brown, the Hagerman distance runner, swept the 800m,
1600m and 3200m runs while Andy James of Raft River captured shotput and discus.
Junior Dakota Dalin of Camas County (42.9
seconds) won the 300m intermediate hurdles in a photo finish over Vance Dill of
Dietrich (43.0), and Dalin was second in the 110m high hurdles. Dietrich’s Shawn
Divine (23.2) scampered to the 200m victory.
Qualifying for state from the 1A Fourth
District were five individuals in each event and two relays. At state, the 1A
running prelims are Friday afternoon and the finals Saturday morning. Field
events are all day Friday.
Here are team results and Carey Panther
placings from last week’s District 1A meet at Bruin Stadium:
Top girls’ teams: 1—Raft River 96
points. 2—Oakley 95. 3—Carey 83.5 (20.5 field, 32 relays, 10 distances, 14
hurdles, 7 sprints). 4—Murtaugh 66. 8—Camas County 46.5.
Top boys’ teams: 1—Raft River 184.
2—Hagerman 78. 3—Camas County 67. 4—Hansen 64. 5—Bliss 54. 6—Dietrich 52.
1—Girls’ 1600m relay (Amanda Hill,
Brooke McAfee, Whitney Peck, Serene Bingham) in 4:39.5.
2—Kiri Adamson long jump (15-9 ½,
school record); girls’ 800m relay (Kiri Adamson, Cheyanne Bingham, Lacy
Peterson, Brenna Silva) in 1:55.2; and girls’ medley relay (Kiri Adamson, Lacy
Peterson, Cheyanne Bingham, Brenna Silva) in 2:04.80.
4—Brenna Silva 400m (1:05.20);
Cheyanne Bingham 100m high hurdles (18.1) and 300m intermediate hurdles (52.8);
Allison Shaffer 800m (2:45.1); Kiri Adamson triple jump (31-1); girls’ 400m
relay (Cassie Weaver, Whitney Peck, Brooke McAfee, Amanda Hill) in 57.4; and
boys’ 1600m relay (Cody Hennefer, Allen Peck, Devin Simpson, Tadd Green) in
5—Brooke McAfee 300m intermediate
6—Sarah Lynn Shaffer high jump
(4-6); Melissa Peck 3200m (14:39.5); Serene Bingham triple jump (30-4 ¾); and
boys’ 400m relay (Tyler Cook, Cody Baird, Cody Hennefer, Brad Hunt) in 51.1.
7—Brenna Silva 200m; Melissa Peck
1600m; boys’ medley relay (Cody Baird, Devin Simpson, Allen Peck, Tadd Green);
and boys’ 800m relay (Devin Simpson, Allen Peck, Cody Hennefer, Tadd Green) in
8—Tiffany Brooks shotput.