A gold medal in triple jump by Camas County sophomore Katelyn Peterson and a silver medal by Carey soph Micaela Adamson in the same event were local highlights of the 2010 State 1A track and field meet.
Peterson, carrying the top seed into Friday morning's triple jump, picked up 10 points with a 35-0 leap that was about a foot-and-a-half farther than second-place Adamson (33-4.75).
Of course they finished their field event a full 24 hours before the rain deluge hit Boise's Bronco Stadium about noon Saturday during the 3A/2A/1A running finals of the Idaho High School Activities Association/United Dairymen of Idaho three-day competition.
Let's put it this way: Starting blocks on Ed Jacoby track were half submerged by standing water with rain still falling. The weather slowed finishing times considerably and resulted in mishaps, but the 93rd annual Idaho High School Track and Field finals roared on into Saturday afternoon.
Peterson was the only gold medalist among the 15 Carey athletes, eight Camas County qualifiers and one Community School runner at state.
Boasting the second-fastest qualifying time in the 300m intermediate hurdles and a 50.16-second preliminary time Friday, the lanky Musher slipped and sloshed her way to fourth place in Saturday's finals at 51.11 seconds. Top qualifier Whitney Holtman, Raft River senior, won it in 49.95.
Peterson earned eight more points with a second-place high jump finish at 5-6 and five more points in long jump with a fourth-place 15-0.50. She collected all of the 28 Camas County girls' points for 11th place at state behind team winner Liberty Charter (53).
Adamson was nearly as productive for Carey—scoring 17 of the 29 Panther points for ninth place of 36 teams. She battled the water spots on the track Saturday for fourth place in the 400m (1:02.52 prelims, 1:02.49 final) and fifth place in 200m (27.36 prelims, 28.21 final).
Two boys earned silver medals—Carey junior Joseph Laidlaw in the 300m intermediate hurdles (41.50) and Camas senior Derek Walker in triple jump (41-7.50). Camas actually collected 15 of its 19 points in TJ with senior Mickenzie Boggs fifth (40-1.25) and junior Carlos Robles sixth (39-10).
Carey's girls picked up 10 points in three relays topped by a fourth place in the medley (2:00.59). In Saturday's rain senior Taylor Whitby of Carey placed eighth in the 800m (2:34.26) and freshman Jaide Parke eighth in 1600m (6:02.85).
The Challis boys (89) won the 1A boys' team title by 26 points—the first-ever Vikings state track championship.