Last weekend's 90th annual Idaho High School Track and Field Championships was a character-building exercise for many of the Gem State athletes on a beautiful weekend for running and jumping in Boise.
Wood River High sophomore Delaney Fox was a good example of perseverance.
Less than an hour before Friday's 4A girls' 300-meter intermediate hurdles final at Boise's Bronco Stadium, Fox had an ice pack the size of a shotput on her ankle and didn't seem likely to compete in her fourth and best event of the two-day state track meet.
Earlier in the evening, Fox had fallen during the 100m high hurdles final and failed to finish. She bruised her knee and had a tender ankle, which she tried out in the subsequent 100m dash final and placed eighth—despite having the sixth-best qualifying time.
It was looking like a state disappointment for Fox, who had missed qualifying for the 200m final by .03 seconds with a time of 27.18 seconds.
But, with the help of trainer John Koth, she pulled herself together and went out on the track with the second-fastest qualifying time in the intermediates (47.36). Determined to finish strong at state, Fox (46.64) did a very good job finishing second behind Mountain Home's Emily Moranda (46.14).
Her 46.64-second time was a new Wood River school record.
It was Wood River's best finish in the State 4A track meet sponsored by the Idaho High School Activities Association. Fox accounted for all nine Wolverine points in a meet won for the very first time by the field-strong Rigby girls (111.5 points, 53 in the field) over the Emmett Huskies (60). The Jerome Tigers (51) were fourth.
Meanwhile, Wolverine senior Corbin Miniard pulled his weight in the shotput with a fourth-place finish in 51 feet and 11-and-a-half inches. He was 10th in the discus at 123-3.
Another Hailey senior, Micah Floyd, also gained five points for his team with a fourth place in the 110m high hurdles. His final time was 16.32 seconds, right on target with his seventh-best preliminary clocking of 16.30 seconds on the Boise track.
Two other Wolverine seniors, Taylor Sundali and Ashley Rendahl, also competed at state. Sundali (10:27.91) finished ninth in the 3200m run, less than two seconds out of eighth place. Rendahl was 15th in the 800m run in 2:40.39. She set another personal record of 6:08.95 in the 1600m final.
Coach J.C. Nemecek said, "The athletes we took to state were very focused and cohesive as a group. They worked hard for this all season. It showed in their efforts at state."
Bishop Kelly of Boise (35 points distances) captured its third consecutive 4A boys' team championship by a slim 88-84 margin over Rigby. Wood River finished with 10 points.
The 5A meet was all Borah of Boise. The Borah girls led by junior Alyssa Covington (winner 400m, long jump) won their third straight state title 101 to 84.5 over Centennial. Winning for the 16th time, the Borah boys made it fourth straight state team titles 99-69 over Meridian with junior Caleb McSurdy grabbing the shotput and discus crowns.