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Wednesday, May 19, 2004


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 Stadium, Boise.

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 younger girls.

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 freshman.

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 Silva.

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 distance runs.

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 said.

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. 12—Carey 16.


Panther placings:

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 3:54.7.

5—Brooke McAfee 300m intermediate hurdles (53.1).

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 1:47.4.

8—Tiffany Brooks shotput.


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