Hailey to host State Hershey track for
Saturday at Phil Homer Field
For the first time, the city of Hailey
will host the 2004 State Hershey track and field meet Saturday, July 10 on the
track at Phil Homer Field.
Blaine County Recreation District
organizers speculate that about 300 youth ages 9-14, along with their parents,
will travel to Hailey this weekend.
The kids will compete for Idaho state
championships in a variety of running, long jump, and softball throw events.
Usually, there are two state meets held in Idaho, one in the north and one in
the south. This year, there is only one, in Hailey.
Registration occurs Saturday from 9-9:45
a.m. The state meet starts at 10 a.m. The Wood River High School cheerleaders
will have a concessions booth as a fundraising activity.
Winners in each state event can earn
all-expense-paid, four-day trips to the 27th annual North American Hershey
Finals in August at Hershey, Pa.
State Hershey officials compare state
finishing times and performances and will then select two to four kids from this
region to travel to Hershey, Pa. There, they will compete in the national meet
and will be treated to an array of tours and fun events, all sponsored and paid
for by Hershey Foods.
Blaine County, having staged its annual
regional meet sponsored by the Rec District May 1 in Carey, will send over 100
participants to Saturday’s state competition. They qualified for state by
placing first or second in their respective 9-14 age-class events back on May 1.
State participants are divided into three
age groups: 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14. The state events include 50-, 100-, 200- and
400-meter dashes; the 800- and 1600-meter runs; the 400-meter relay; plus
standing long jump and softball throw field events.
Hailey’s Kaitana Martinez, a participant
at last year’s national finals in Hershey, is looking to make a return trip in
the girls’ 9-10 softball throw. She threw 110-0 to win this year’s local meet.
Her goal is to make a throw exceeding 120-0, which was the winning distance at
last year’s nationals.
Blaine County, due in large part to the
Rec District’s 20-year-plus sponsorship of local meets, has a long record of
sending local kids to Hershey.
Holly Hobson of Hailey made two trips to
Hershey, in 1993 as a 9-10 year-old in the 200m dash and in 1997 as a
14-year-old in the 800m run (she placed third in the nation).
Carey’s Jan Kirkland (200m) and Michelle
Sparks (400m), soon to become state high school champions in track, qualified
for nationals in 1986.
In 1996, Blaine County had three national
qualifiers—Malea Southward of Hailey in 9-10 long jump, Jessie Ehrenkrook of
Ketchum in 9-10 50m and Clinton Silcock of Carey in 9-10 boys’ long jump.
The Carey 9-10 400m relay of Brittany
Hennefer, RayAnne Hennefer, Lacey Peterson and Allison Shaffer qualified in
1998, as did Katie Bryson of Hailey as a substitute for Malea Southward in 11-12
In 2000, the 9-10 400m relay team of Tessa
Barrow, Lindsi Robison, Hannah Fuller and Colby Barney finished seventh in the
national Hershey meet.
This year’s State Hershey meet is
sponsored by the Rec District with assistance from Wood River High School
athletic director Ron Martinez. It’s being coordinated by the Blaine County