Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Caulkins shatters WRHS 3200-meter run record

At Friday’s meet in Burley

Express Staff Writer

The hits keep on coming for Wood River High School senior Chase Caulkins. The hits, in Chase's case, are hits on track and field distance running records. He is obliterating them.

Caulkins ran with some of the Pacific Northwest's best prep distance footracers Saturday, April 17 at the prestigious Pasco (Wash.) Invitational. And he came within 11 seconds of breaking the 44-year-old Pasco 3200-meter record of 8:57.1.

In a field of 34, Caulkins (9:08.50) placed second 10 seconds behind race winner Ben Johnston (8:58.89), a senior from the North Central (Spokane, Wash.) powerhouse. Johnston led North Spokane Cross Country Club to a Nike Cross Country national title in Dec. 2008 at Portland, Ore.

Caulkins finished five seconds ahead of third-place sophomore Nathan Weitz of Shadle Park (9:13.53) in Spokane. With his Pasco time, Caulkins broke his own one-week-old school record of 9:33.34 by nearly 25 seconds.

The Caulkins time was remarkable, considering that the Idaho State 4A boys' record of 9:27.73 was set by Century's Chio Lopez in 2007. The overall state mark of 9:06.58 was set by Bonneville's Jed Barta in 1999.

Just two days before, on Thursday at the Buhl Rotary Invitational, Caulkins tuned up for his 3200m Pasco effort by winning the 800-meter run in a Rotary meet record time of 1:57.34. It also broke Kip Fry's 26-year-old school 800m record of 1:58.64 by over one second.

Wood River junior James Paris joined Caulkins for the Pasco trip and had an excellent personal record in the 1600m. Paris (4:25.82) placed 13th of 35 runners 12 seconds off the top time of Central Kitsap senior Shane Moskowitz (4:13.81).

Based on the Caulkins and Paris results, Wood River was 24th of 53 schools at Pasco.

Paris also had a good tune-up at the Buhl meet Thursday, placing second to Caulkins in the 800m in a PR 2:02.07. And Ben Stout was second in the Buhl 1600m in a PR 4:41.77.

Sophomore Cheyenne Swanson was the Buhl discus runner-up in 101-9 Thursday.

Next up: The 41st annual Boise High School Relays and Pat Beiter Invitational Friday, April 23 at Boise State University's Bronco Stadium and Lyle Smith Field. Field events begin at 4 p.m. and track races at 4:30 p.m. The 4x400m relay is due to begin at 10 p.m. Friday.

Here are Wolverine placings from the Buhl Rotary meet:

Boys' results

Teams: 1—Jerome 120 points. 2—Kimberly 92. 7—Wood River 48 (0 sprints, 0 hurdles, 32 distances, 3 field, 13 relays)—14 schools.

200m: Personal record by Zack Brown 28.61.

800m: 1—Chase Caulkins 1:57.34 (PR). 2—James Paris 2:02.07 (PR). 1600m: 2—Ben Stout 4:41.77 (PR). 8—Andrew Pfeiffer 4:59.57 (PR). 3200m: 4—Andrew Pfeiffer 10:39.51. PR by Ketchum Wilt 12:50.34.

Discus: 6—Colton Seely 115-11. PR by Ian Keys 89-0.

Medley relay: 2—Wood River (Connor Hesselbacher, Dallas, Felipe Raygoza, Ben Stout) 3:52.29. 4x400m relay: 4—Wood River (Felipe Raygoza, Ben Stout, James Paris, Chase Caulkins) 3:36:83. Weight relay: 4—Wood River (Micah Merritt, Tyler Hoskins, Colton Seely, Zack Brown) 52.74.

Girls' results

Teams: 1—Jerome 232.5. 2—Buhl 68. 10—Wood River 17 (2 sprints, 0 hurdles, 0 distances, 11 field, 4 relays)—13 schools.

100m: Personal records by Nicole Pratt 14.77 and Gracie Eagan 15.20. 200m: PRs by Nicole Pratt 31.01 and Gracie Eagan 32.62. 400m: 7—Lucy Paisley 1:05.14.

800m: PRs by Maranda Stopol 2:47.34 and Telar McClure 2:54.34. 1600m: PRs by Corrine Smith 6:14.4, Dani McLaughlin 6:15.4 and Telar McClure 6:35.4. 3200m: PRs by Dani McLaughlin 13:49.4 and Maranda Stopol 13:52.4.

Discus: 2—Cheyenne Swanson 101-9. Shotput: 6—Cheyenne Swanson 30-7 (PR).

4x100m relay: 8—Wood River (Nicole Pratt, Gracie Eagan, Lucy Paisley, Grace Lagodich) 55.8. 4x400m relay: 6—Wood River (Maranda Stopol, Grace Lagodich, Telar McClure, Corrine Smith) 4:48.13. Weight relay: 4—Wood River (Julia Herrera, Karissa Coonce, Cheyenne Swanson, Hanna Stocks) 1:03.3.

Mushers take no prisoners at ISDB track meet

Deep and balanced, the Camas County boys' and girls' track and field teams swept to sizable team victories in the weekly Northside/Southside meet Wednesday, April 14 on the ISDB oval in Gooding.

Although they had only three gold medals compared to Oakley's nine first places, the Musher boys (8 2nds) pounded the second-place Hornets 167-137. In third of nine schools were Carey's Panthers (86).

Sophomore Katelyn Peterson (100-meter dash, 300m intermediate hurdles, high and triple jumps) enjoyed a 40-point afternoon with four golds leading the Camas girls to a resounding 150-83 win over Oakley.

With many of its girls in California for a "To the Max" trip, the Carey Panthers (40) settled for fifth place of 10 schools Wednesday.

Much of the Camas County success came in the field events—55 points for the boys and 80 for the girls. Here are some highlights followed by the team point breakdown:

Camas County boys' winners were Bryan John (1600m, 3200m) and Mickenzie Boggs (400m).

For Carey, Dillon Simpson (800m) and Todd Peck (shotput) won their events—Simpson in a close finish with Richfield senior Michael Lezamiz. The winning Panther relays were medley (Gonzalo Zarate, Glen Andrews, Jacy Baird, Dillon Simpson) and the 4x400m (Zarate, Baird, Joe Laidlaw, Simpson).

Besides Katelyn Peterson's big day for the Musher girls, Dougless Skinner captured shotput and discus crowns. Richfield sophomore Sasha Kent once again ran away in the distances—winning the 800m by 13.3 seconds, 1600m by 17 seconds and 3200m by nearly four minutes.

Kent also anchored Richfield's winning medley relay squad, giving her 32.5 points for the day.

Top Carey girl was Angelica Zarate with 16.5 points including a second place in the 200m dash and a third place in 100m. Carey won the 4x100m relay with McKayla Mecham, Erika Zarate, Nicky Gomez and Angelica Zarate.

Community School sprinters came up with a couple of excellent efforts, Ellie Swanson taking third place in the 200m and Hailey Rheinschild third in the 400m dash.

Boys' team: 1—Camas 167 points (25 sprints, 15 hurdles, 40 distances, 55 field, 32 relays). 2—Oakley 137 (47 sprints, 28 hurdles, 2 distances, 40 field, 20 relays). 3—Carey 86 (11 sprints, 8 hurdles, 15 distances, 26 field, 26 relays).

Girls' team: 1—Camas 150 points (33 sprints, 13 hurdles, 0 distances, 80 field, 24 relays). 5—Carey 40 (15 sprints, 7 hurdles, 0 distances, 8 field, 10 relays). 7—Community School 15 (15 sprints).

Next: Another Northside meet Thursday, April 22 at 2 p.m. at Derrick Parke Memorial Field in Carey.

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