On a breezy day at Buhl, the Wood River High School boys' medley relay team celebrated a first-place finish Thursday making up a big deficit on the strength of James Paris' 400-meter leg and a marvelous 800m anchor by Ben Stout.
Action took place during the annual Buhl Rotary Invitational mixing a combination of athletes from 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A schools.
Josh King, Ian Keys, Paris and Stout broke the tape in 3:44.25, fifth-best medley relay time in school annals and fewer than 10 seconds behind the 16-year-old school medley record of 3:35.14 set in 1995 by Brent Bellon, Chase Monroe, Ben Clark and Benji Jex.
Wood River ended up winning the relay over Buhl's foursome (3:46.72) by over two seconds.
A junior, Stout passed three front-runners on his final two laps. Coach Monte Brothwell said, "The boys medley had a come-from-behind finish. James caught two runners and Ben picked up the last three on his 800m split of 2:01.00."
Stout's 2:01 was exceptional comparing it to the 2011 Idaho-best 800m clocking of 1:58.89 by Coeur d'Alene senior David Norris and also in comparison to Stout's personal-best 800m of 2:02.35.
It was Wood River's only gold medal of the day, although junior Cheyenne Swanson captured second places in the shotput and discus behind Buhl's senior state champion thrower Whitney Amoth.
Swanson's season-best discus throw was 112-08, still about five feet behind Amoth (117-01). In the shotput, Swanson had a personal-record throw of 33-7, about nine feet behind Amoth's winning 42-10.
Wolverine girls' coach J.C. Nemecek said, "The weather wasn't the best, but the girls performed well. Nine personal records and two season-bests were recorded."
Buhl's boys won the team title 124-96 over Minico of Rupert. Wood River was 12th with 26 points and Camas County of Fairfield 14th with 8.
Here are local boys' placings: 4—Ian Keys (WR) 200m (24.38); and Chase England (WR) 3200m (10:31.00). 5—Carlos Robles (CC) triple jump (39-2). 6—Ian Keys (WR) 100m (11.77). 7—Josh King (WR) long jump (19-3.5); Andrew Pfeiffer (WR) 3200m (10:48); Andrew Simon (CC) high jump (5-10).
7—Camas County 4x400m relay (Andrew Simon, George Simon, Cody Lane, Davey Knowlton) 3:49.05).
Jerome out-pointed Gooding 138-101 for the girls' crown. Richfield was ninth with 29 points, Wood River 12th with 16, Camas County 14th with 12 and The Community School 15th with 6.
Richfield's outstanding junior distance runner Sasha Kent provided 24 of her team's 29 points with a first place in 3200m (12:04.00, a winner by nearly 26 seconds), second in 800m (2:27.12) and third place in 1600m (5:34.00).
For The Community School, sophomore sprinter Ellie Swanson was sixth in the 100m (13.81), seventh in 400m (1:08.73) and eighth in the 200m dash (29.36).
Sophomore Stephanie Moore topped Camas County with a third place in long jump (15-11). Other Musher placings: 6—Carlie Strom 300m intermediate hurdles (54.85). 8—Larissa Stewart 400m (1:09.53) and Jessica Lanier shotput (30-08).
Next: Wood River travels to Minico for a Great Basin Conference meet Thursday, April 21. The 1A schools gather at Carey's Derrick Parke Memorial Field for a Northside/Southside meet Thursday.