Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Runners make strides at Rigby

Wood River track team improves

Threatening weather sent two teams home, so Rigby and Wood River High School track and field coaches looked at each other and decided to forge ahead and run anyway on a blustery Tuesday in Rigby.

It was a good decision because the weather cleared and Wood River and Rigby had a competitive dual meet. Rigby had many more athletes but the Wolverines acquitted themselves very well.

"We buckled down and said we want to run or practice anyway, and Rigby agreed so we had a dual meet," said Wood River boys' coach Jeannie Bradshaw.

On the girls' side won by Rigby 99-48, Wood River spotted 50 points to Rigby—meaning the score would have favored Rigby 49-48 without the uncontested points. Rigby's 40 boys defeated Wood River's 12 boys by a 102-38 score, meaning it would have been 52-38 without 50 uncontested points.

Hailey girls' coach J.C. Nemecek said, "Fourteen personal records and 26 season bests—we've probably never had a team make such a major leap in a single meet. Ruth Anderson, Ashley Rendahl and Casey Fahey, among others, had outstanding days."

Bradshaw added, "With six first places from the boys we had an incredible day. We are very proud of our small team which tries new things all the time."

Winning their events were Corbin Miniard shotput, Scott Bartlett long jump and 400-meter dash, Carl Browning 100m and 200m dashes, and the 1600m relay squad. For the girls, Ruth Anderson captured the 800m and 3200m runs, and Ashley Rendahl won the 1600m event.

On Saturday the Wolverines took part in the Tiger/Grizz Invitational at Idaho Falls.

Distance runner Rachael Richards had a good day with a season-best third-place time in the 800m run (2:34.1) and fifth place at 3200m (12:36.1). Richards was the anchor leg of the fourth-place 4x800m relay team with Marissa Dreyer-Aimee Loudenslager-Hannah Richards (12:25.10).

Other Wolverine placings: Corbin Miniard fourth in shotput (44-5 ½), Scott Bartlett fifth place in long jump (20-7 ½) and Syringa Stark eighth place in the long jump (15-9 ¼).

Wood River hosts its only home meet of the 2005 season—the Bob Shay Invitational today, Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at Phil Homer Field in Hailey. Valley of Hazelton is committed to competing, and up to four other schools may show up.

The Bob Shay meet is staged with the cooperation of the Ketchum/Sun Valley Rotary.

Here are top placings for Hailey at the Rigby meet:

1sts—Ruth Anderson 800m (2:49) and 3200m (13:08); Ashley Rendahl 1600m (6:46); Corbin Miniard shotput (44-4 ½); Scott Bartlett long jump (18-11 ½) and 400m (57.4); Carl Browning 100m (11.0) and 200m (23.7); boys' 1600m relay (4:14.0).

2nds—Casey Fahey triple jump (30-2), long jump (14-11), 100m (12.4) and 200m (28.0); Mia Stearns 100m high hurdles (19.2); Annie Keenan 400m (1:10.8); Marissa Dreyer 3200m (14:15); girls' 1600m relay (5:09); Micah Floyd 400m (58.0); and Reno Christino 800m (2:19.2).

3rds—Charlene Fields long jump (13-1) and 200m (29.5); Mia Stearns 300m intermediate hurdles (1:07.2); Rachel Pace 400m (1:25.4); Ashley Rendahl 800m (2:54.8); Marissa Dreyer 1600m (6:58); Maddie Miller 3200m (15:49); Craig Werley discus (129-2); and Micah Floyd 300m intermediate hurdles (53.2).

Personal records or season bests—Were set by Casey Fahey, Charlene Fields, Anya Borodach, Noilyn Corrales, Mia Stearns, Ellen Ard, Annie Keenan, Ruth Anderson, Ashley Rendahl, Rachel Pace, Marissa Dreyer and Maddie Miller.

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