On a record-setting afternoon, 11 stadium records fell Thursday during the annual Bob Shay Invitational high school track and field meet at Hailey's Phil Homer Field.
Blink your eyes a couple of times and you might have missed the most impressive record, certainly from the standpoint of the host Wood River High School team.
It came in the boys' 100-meter dash when, in the first heat, Wood River sophomore Ian Keys blazed down the track for a winning 10.99-second time that set a new stadium and school standard in the sprint.
Besides the Keys gold, Wood River earned five golds in the distances runs—two by senior James Paris (1600-meter run, 3200m), two by junior Corrine Smith (800m and 1600m), and one by junior Ben Stout (800m).
Paris (10:20) topped a 1-2-3-4 Wood River sweep in the 3200m followed by Stout, Andrew Pfeiffer and Chase England. Paris (4:39.38) ran by himself in coming close to Chase Caulkins' one-year-old stadium record of 4:36.8 in 1600m. Stout (2:03.62) held off Minico's Michael Sunderland in the 800m.
In the girls' distances, Wood River's Smith (2:40.57) nipped Canyon Ridge junior Annie Romney in an exciting 800m, and Smith (6:14.68) won by more than 13 seconds in 1600m.
When all was said and done, the competition on a rare sunny and mild spring day belonged mainly to the Canyon Ridge Riverhawks from Twin Falls—heavy on points in the sprints and in the field events.
Canyon Ridge won the six-school boys' meet with 219.5 points, 68 in the sprints, 36 in relays and 60.5 in the field. Minico of Rupert (152) was a distant second and Wood River (72) placed fourth with 57 of its points in the distance runs.
Riverhawks senior T.J. Richardson won 200m and 400m dashes and Canyon Ridge captured 4x100m (a stadium record 45.10 seconds) and sprint medley relays. Minico senior Cade Owen set stadium records in winning both 110m high hurdles and 300m intermediates. Minico also won the 4x200 in record time and the 4x400m.
Led by its senior twin sisters Danielle Bowcut and Brianna Bowcut, the Canyon Ridge girls (214 points) piled up seven gold medals and ran away with the meet ahead of second-place Jerome (135.5). The 'Hawks had 69 sprints, 36 relays, 72 in field.
Danielle Bowcut won the 100m and 200m dashes, slipping past her sister at the finish of the 200m, and Brianna Bowcut took the 400m dash. The pair anchored the 'Hawks 4x200m relay that set a stadium record of 1:45.57. A teammate on that winning relay team, sophomore Kayla Lee, won the long jump and triple jump—the long jump in a stadium-best 16-8.25.
Another highlight came in the girls' 4x400m relay, when Jerome outlasted the Bowcut-led Riverhawks by over three seconds in a stadium-best 4:09.47 clocking. Meanwhile, Minico freshman Rebecca Child swept the hurdles events.
Buhl senior Whitney Amoth won both the shotput (39-5 for a stadium record) and discus (114-6), finishing two feet ahead of Wood River's Cheyenne Swanson (112-6) in discus. Community School sophomore Ellie Swanson (13.47) finished third in the 100m dash.
Conference meet comes to Hailey
Thursday's meet was the first of two home competitions scheduled for the Hailey track in a matter of eight days.
The state-qualifying Great Basin Conference 4th District 4A meet is today, Wednesday and Thursday, May 11-12 on the same Phil Homer Field track.
Competing will be athletes from Wood River, Twin Falls, Canyon Ridge, Minico, Jerome and Burley. Field event finals begin each day at 1:30 p.m. and running events at 3 p.m.—preliminary heats today and finals Thursday at 3 p.m. Two running finals are today, medley relays at 3 p.m. and the 3200m runs at the end of the meet.
Field event finals today, Wednesday are girls' discus, triple jump and high jump, and boys' long jump, shotput and pole vault. Field finals Thursday are boys' high jump, discus and triple jump, plus girls' long jump, shotput and pole vault.
Qualifying for the United Dairymen of Idaho's 94th annual State Track and Field Championships in Boise May 19-20 will be the top three individuals and top two relay teams from the conference meet. Medals will be awarded to the top three individual places and fastest two relay teams.
Many athletes in Hailey today and Thursday will be among the top 4A performers in the Idaho this spring, according to the Athletic.net list of Top 10s times by event.
Besides Keys of Wood River, Owen of Minico and Richardson of Canyon Ridge in the boys' sprints, the girls' field will be strengthened by senior Madi Worst of Twin Falls and senior Marlee Chandler of Minico in the sprints.
Junior Erik Harris of Twin Falls, boasting the top 4A times in 800m and 1600m, will challenge both Paris and Stout of Wood River in the distances. Sophomore Claire Goss will give Minico youngster Child a run for her money in hurdles.
And the relays should be very competitive, perhaps the highlight of the GBC meet.
Meet director and field judge is Mike Glenn. Referee is Jerry Kleinkopf. Starters are Larry Lewis and Tim Dunne. Head finish judge is Charley Miller, and Joel Zellers is in charge of the bullpen. The finish evaluator is Kurt Bradley, while Randy Reddington is in charge of scoring and the computer.
Top results and Wood River athletes from Thursday's Bob Shay Invitational. For more complete results check today's Express Web site:
Teams: 1—Canyon Ridge of Twin Falls 219.5 points (68 sprints, 46 hurdles, 9 distances, 36 relays, 60.5 field). 2—Minico of Rupert 152 (18 sprints, 26 hurdles, 20 distances, 28 relays, 60 field). 3—Burley 96.5.
4—Wood River 72 (10 sprints, 0 hurdles, 57 distances, 5 relays, 0 field). 5—Buhl 65. 6—Jerome 40.
100m: 1—Ian Keys (WR) 10.99. Also: Christian Brown (WR) 13.54, Alex Blackburn (WR) 14.43, Beau Boss (WR) 16.30. 200m: 1—T.J. Richardson (CR) 23.28. 10—John Bartoletta (WR) 25.61. 12—Josh King (WR) 26.13. 19—Brian Trejo (WR) 29.05. 21—Beau Boss (WR) 34.72. 400m: 1—T.J. Richardson (CR) 51.46. 12—Christian Brown (WR) 1:07.94.
800m: 1—Ben Stout (WR) 2:03.62. 11—Jake Adicoff (WR) 2:38.39. 14—Ian McKenzie (WR) 2:58.00. 1600m: 1—James Paris (WR) 4:39.38. 4—Andrew Pfeiffer (WR) 4:59.35. 6—Chase England (WR) 5:09.99. 3200m: 1—James Paris (WR) 10:20.00. 2—Ben Stout (WR) 10:27.00. 3—Andrew Pfeiffer (WR) 10:31.00. 4—Chase England (WR) 10:46.00.
110m high hurdles: 1—Cade Owen (M) 14.82. 300m intermediate hurdles: 1—Cade Owen (M) 39.75.
High jump: 1—Austin Thomas (CR) 5-10. Long jump: 1—Kolton Parsons (Jer) 20-9.50. Also: Josh King (WR) 16-0, Alex Blackburn (WR) 11-11, Beau Boss (WR) 11-1.50. Triple jump: 1—Jake Hollifield (Jer) 42-1.50. Pole vault: 1—Braxton Schell (M) 13-0.
Shotput: 1—Caleb Ussery (Buhl) 46-3.25. Also: Skylar Tolman (WR) 35-1, Chris Isaacs (WR) 35-0, Micah Merritt (WR) 33-6. Discus: 1—Tim Wyatt (Jer) 135-3. 11—Skylar Tolman (WR) 99-10. 15—Micah Merritt (WR) 98-8. 20—Chris Isaacs (WR) 84-8.
4x100m relay: 1—Canyon Ridge (Dino Hukic, Burhan Hetemi, Tyler Myers, Jose Santos) 45.10. 4x200m relay: 1—Minico (Dallin Griffin, Brady May, Caleb Worley, Cade Owen) 1:32.71. 4—Wood River (Ian Keys, Christian Brown, Josh King, John Bartoletta) 1:44.21.
Sprint medley relay (200, 200, 400, 800): 1—Canyon Ridge (Jake Savage, Jordan Bastian, Braden Wiersma, Jared Berry) 4:10.97. 4x400m relay: 1—Minico (Caleb Worley, Michael Sunderland, Dallin Griffin, Cade Owen) 3:36.88.
Teams: 1—Canyon Ridge 214 points (69 sprints, 25 hurdles, 12 distances, 36 relays, 72 field). 2—Jerome 135.5 (0 sprints, 14 hurdles, 29 distances, 28 relays, 64.5 field). 3—Minico 91.
4—Wood River 80 (6 sprints, 4 hurdles, 50 distances, 5 relays, 15 field). 5—Buhl 65.5. 6—Burley 36. 7—The Community School 24 (13 sprints, 0 hurdles, 5 distances, 6 relays, 0 field).
100m: 1—Danielle Bowcut (CR) 12.81. 2—Kailee May (M) 13.14. 3—Ellie Swanson (TCS) 13.47. 5—Nicole Pratt (WR) 13.80. 7—Morgan Brimstein (WR) 13.90. Also: Maddie Hendrix (WR) 14.7, Emma Wilander (TCS) 15.0, Taylinn Lake (WR) 16.9. 200m: 1—Danielle Bowcut (CR) 26.73. 9—Nicole Pratt (WR) 30.35. 10—Morgan Brimstein (WR) 30.8. 400m: 1—Brianna Bowcut (CR) 1:01.04. 3—Ellie Swanson (TCS) 1:03.80. 8—Katie Feldman (TCS) 1:18.05.
800m: 1—Corrine Smith (WR) 2:40.57. 3—Alison Town (WR) 2:43.68. 4—Maranda Stopol (TCS) 2:44.61. 6—Jade Atkinson (WR) 2:53.21. 8—Janel Passey (WR) 5:58.68. 1600m: 1—Corrine Smith (WR) 6:14.68. 3—Jade Atkinson (WR) 6:31.94. 5—Dani McLaughlin (WR) 6:40.89. 6—Telar McClure (WR) 6:47.49. 3200m: 1—Jasmine Nesbitt (Jer) 12:05.00. 5—Corrine Smith (WR) 12:53.00. 7—Janel Passey (WR) 14:31.00. 8—Dani McLaughlin (WR) 14:32.00.
100m high hurdles: 1—Rebecca Child (M) 16.39. 300m intermediate hurdles: 1—Rebecca Child (M) 49.47. 5—Nicole Pratt (WR) 56.15. 8—Taylinn Lake (WR) 1:24.52.
High jump: 1—Sydney Meier (M) 5-3. Long jump: 1—Kayla Lee (CR) 16-8.25. 9—Maddie Hendrix (WR) 12-1.50. Triple jump: 1—Kayla Lee (CR) 36-0.25. 6—Nicole Pratt (WR) 30-10.75. Pole vault: 1—Kirsten Burbank (Jer) 10-8.
Shotput: 1—Whitney Amoth (Buhl) 39-0.5. 6—Cheyenne Swanson (WR) 31-8. Also: Tehina Santiago (WR) 21-5, Dalyah Reed-Hughes (WR) 20-3. Discus: 1—Whitney Amoth (Buhl) 114-6. 2—Cheyenne Swanson (WR) 112-6.
4x100m relay: 1—Canyon Springs (Marissa Garrett, Ellie Packham, Riane Richards, Morgan Jones) 53.80. 4x200m relay: 1—Canyon Springs (Marney Tripp, Kayla Lee, Danielle Bowcut, Brianna Bowcut) 1:45.57.
Sprint medley relay (100, 100, 200, 400): 1—Jerome (Jasmine Nesbitt, Mackenzie Martens, Jordan Morgensen, Haylee Burnham) 1:56.22. 4x400m relay: 1—Jerome (Jasmine Branch, Kaitlyn Kelly, Mackenzie Martens, Sidney Suitter) 4:09.57. 4—Wood River (Corrine Smith, Alison Town, Dani McLaughlin, Telar McClure) 4:53.45.