Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Wood River ready to run at district meet

Express Staff Writer

The Wood River boys' track team pulled down eight top-6 placements at the Twin Falls Invitational last Thursday and coach Jeannie Bradshaw had nothing but good things to say about her team.

"We had a great day. It was windy and cold, but Wood River stepped up to the plate," Bradshaw said. "We took 18 boys and they got fourth place out of six teams."

It was a fine result considering the Wood River thinclads were outnumbered "3 to 1," according to Bradshaw.

Lack of numbers usually translates to a lack of depth in placement and points, but the Wolverines had enough of both to top Minico, Burley and Kuna.

Twin Falls won the boys' division with 193 points. Jerome and Mountain Home tied for second with 105. Hailey had 38, Minico 36, and Burley and Kuna 35.

The Wolverines received a 20-point boost from Corbin Miniard, who won both the shotput and discus events. The senior heaved the shot 52-1, almost two feet further than the runner-up, and was about a foot longer than his closest competitor in the discus with a toss of 128-6.

Greg Leblanc recorded a personal best time of 2:15.25 to finish third in the 800-meter run. Taylor Sundali ran a sub-five minute 1600 to place fourth in 4:58. He was fifth in the 3200 meters with a time of 10:37.

Hurdler Micah Floyd was fifth in both the high hurdles and 300 hurdles. Sophomore Dale McLaughlin had three personal bests in the long jump, pole vault and 200m, and cleared 11-feet to place fifth in the vault. Tyler Stocks recorded an individual best in the discus (115-0).

"We are excited about some of the things that might happen at District next week," Bradshaw said.

Preston hosts the 4A District meet today, Wednesday, May 9, and Thursday, May 10. The top five places in individual events advance to state.

The Bruins were also the best team in the girls' division with a total of 140 points. Jerome was a very close second at 135. Third place went to Mountain Home with 103. Rounding out the field were Kuna 75, Minico 43, Burley 18 and Wood River 16.

Sophomore Delaney Fox accounted for all Wood River's points with third-place showings in the 200 meters (27.3) and 300-meter hurdles (50.3) and a fourth in the 100m (13.0).

Chelsea Herren and Ellen Ard recorded personal bests. Herrren finished the 3200m in 14:05 and Ard had a toss of 78-11.75 in the discus.

YMCA Invitational

On April 27, four Wolverines took part in the YMCA Track and Field Invitational in Boise. The meet featured no class divisions and athletes had to meet qualifying marks in order to participate.

Delaney Fox finished seventh in 100m with a time of 13.4 and ninth in the 800m in 2:37.6. Sam Johnson made it to the finals of the 200m and timed out at 27.9.

Micah Floyd was 13th in the 110 high hurdles (16.9) and 15th in the 300m hurdles (42.7). He also set a school record of 8:02.8 by competing in the 2,000m steeplechase. Corbin Miniard was 7th in the shot put with a distance of 49-2.25.

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