Track and field athletes from eight Idaho high schools enjoyed a beautiful Tuesday afternoon for running, jumping and throwing at the Bob Shay Memorial Invitational track meet held in the Homer Field bowl in Hailey.
In the final accounting, the distance running and field events were very good to the overall team winners—the Challis Vikings among the seven girls' teams, and the Gooding Senators among the eight boys' teams competing.
Always tough in the long runs, the 3A Gooding Senators (32 field) amassed 36 points in the distances to hold off the sprinters from 1A Lighthouse Christian Academy of Twin Falls by 118-104.5. Lighthouse had 54.5 sprint/relay points.
Coach Jeannie Bradshaw's 4A Wood River boys enjoyed the day with 69.5 points for a solid fourth place. The Wolverines were impressive in the field events with 37.5 points.
The 2A Challis Vikings, getting 38 points in the distances and 54 field, outscored the resurgent Buhl Indian girls 120-103. Coach J.C. Nemecek's Wood River girls did well in the sprints and distances and finished sixth with 43 points.
At Tuesday's meet, the girls had some dominant athletes but the boys tended to spread the wealth around. There were 13 different winners in the 14 individual events. The only double winner was jumper Chris Bulcher of Lighthouse.
Senior Corbin Miniard gave Wood River its only individual first place of the day with a shotput toss of just over 46 feet. Meanwhile, two-time state hurdler Micah Floyd, also a senior, celebrated his final home meet with a pair of seconds in 110m and 300m hurdles.
Buhl's girls won three of the four relays. The outstanding sprinter was Valley's defending State 2A 400-meter queen Zandrea Nelson, who swept the 100m, 200m and 400m dashes. Stephanie Helm of Challis captured the 1600m and 3200m, while Mackay's Sydney McKelvey won double golds in jumps.
For Wood River, sophomore sprinter Sam Johnson raced to a pair of seconds in the 100m and 200m dashes. And Julia Bowman, also a sophomore, ran to second in the 1600m run and third at the 3200m distance.
Wood River has one final meet prior to the state-qualifying Great Basin Conference run-off Thursday, May 10, in Preston. The Wolverines travel Thursday, May 3, to the Twin Falls All-Classes meet.
Here are team standings, top results and Wood River placers and finishers from Tuesday's Shay Memorial in Hailey:
Shay Memorial Girls
Team totals: 1—Challis 120 (8 sprints, 4 hurdles, 38 distances, 54 field, 16 relays). 2—Buhl 103 (6 sprints, 17 hurdles, 34 distances, 8 field, 38 relays).
3—Gooding and Valley 92 apiece. 5—Mackay 74. 6—Wood River 43 (20 sprints, 4 hurdles, 16 distances, 3 field, 0 relays). 7—Lighthouse Christian 25.
100m: 1—Zandrea Nelson (Valley) 12.6. 2—Sam Johnson (WR) 13.3. 4—Bailey Ireland (WR) 13.6. 200m: 1—Zandrea Nelson (Valley) 26.4. 2—Sam Johnson (WR) 28.0. 400m: 1—Zandrea Nelson (Valley) 59.8.
100m high hurdles: 1—Erika Tillotson (Mackay) 16.7. 4—Allie Freund (WR) 18.3. 300m intermediate hurdles: 1—Nici Abramowski (Gooding) 49.3.
800m: 1—April Jaynes (Buhl) 2:30.5. 1600m: 1—Stephanie Helm (Challis) 5:42.5. 2—Julia Bowman (WR) 6:00.5. 3200m: 1—Stephanie Helm (Challis) 11:53. 3—Julia Bowman (WR) 12:45. 5—Ashley Rendahl (WR) 13:08.
Triple jump: 1—Sydney McKelvey (Mackay) 33-1. 5—Allie Freund (WR) 30-4.5. Long jump: 1—Sydney McKelvey (Mackay) 15-8. High jump: 1—Madison McKelvey (Mackay) 4-6.
Discus: 1—Briana Evans (Gooding) 97-2. 6—Bailey Ireland (WR) 80-2. Shotput: 1—Marjorie Corrigan (Challis) 32-5.5. Pole vault: 1—Alexis Rembelski (Challis) 8-6. Others: Allie Freund (WR) 6-7.
4x100m relay: 1—Mackay 53.3. 4x200m relay: 1—Buhl 1:54.2. Medley relay: 1—Buhl 1:59.6. 4x400m relay: 1—Buhl 4:22.2.
Shay Memorial Boys
Team totals: 1—Gooding 118 (10 sprints, 16 hurdles, 36 distances, 32 field, 24 relays). 2—Lighthouse Christian 104.5 (28.5 sprints, 9 hurdles, 7 distances, 34 field, 26 relays). 3—Glenns Ferry 98.
4—Wood River 69.5 (2 sprints, 16 hurdles, 11 distances, 37.5 field, 3 relays). 5—Buhl 64.5. 6—Challis 43.5. 7—Valley 36. 8—Mackay 22.
100m: 1—Jesus Rodriguez (Glenns Ferry) 11.3. 7—Matt Libert (WR) 12.0. Others: Tom Waters 12.7, Sam Colesworthy 13.4, Tyler Stocks 13.6, Jed Prall 14.6, Corbin Miniard 14.7. 200m: 1—Earl Mehraban (Lighthouse) 23.5. 5—Matt Libert (WR) 24.7. 400m: 1—Austin Basterrechea (Gooding) 54.0.
100m high hurdles: 1—Tyler Wines (Gooding) 16.4. 2—Micah Floyd (WR) 16.9. 300m intermediate hurdles: 1—K.C. Hulse (Buhl) 42.5. 2—Micah Floyd (WR) 42.8.
800m: 1—Jason Brough (Glenns Ferry) 2:05. 4—Greg LeBlanc (WR) 2:15. 1600m: 1—Zeke Wilson (Challis) 4:41.6. 4—Sam Colesworthy (WR) 5:27.4. 5—Pedro Morales (WR) 5:28.0. 3200m: 1—Justin Rogers (Gooding) 11:04. 6—Pedro Morales (WR) 11:40.
Triple jump: 1—Chris Bulcher (Lighthouse) 40-9. 4—Rob Paris (WR) 36-11. Long jump: 1—Deven Crane (Challis) 20-10.5. 2—Matt Libert (WR) 18-7. 4—Rob Paris (WR) 17-11. Others: Dale McLaughlin 16-10.5, Jack Reidy 15-1.25. High jump: 1—Chris Bulcher (Lighthouse) 5-10.
Discus: 1—Devin Pearson (Mackay) 141-9. 2—Corbin Miniard (WR) 120-11. Shotput: 1—Corbin Miniard (WR) 46-3.5. 5—Austin Smith (WR) 37-11. Pole vault: 1—Adam McHan (Gooding) 12-0. 5 (tie)—Dale McLaughlin (WR) 9-6.
4x100m relay: 1—Glenns Ferry 46.0. 4x200m relay: 1—Buhl 1:37.4. Medley relay: 1—Glenns Ferry 3:47.6. 6—Wood River 4:34.06 4x400m relay: 1—Gooding 3:39.2. 5—Wood River 4:00.