Friday, May 13, 2011

Medley gold is WRHS district track highlight

From first day of GBC meet

The winning time of the Wood River High boys' medley team was the local highlight of Wednesday's first day of the state-qualifying Great Basin Conference 4th District 4A track and field meet in Hailey.

Athletes from six schools converged on a sunny spring day at Phil Homer Field, but no one caught the Wolverine 1600-meter sprint medley team of senior John Bartoletta (200m), sophomore Ian Keys (200m), senior James Paris (400m) and junior Ben Stout (800m).

Their gold medal time of 3:41.80 defeated Twin Falls (3:42.09) and Minico (3:42.73) in a very good race.

Such competition was good for Wood River. The foursome sliced nearly three seconds off their previous-best time of 3:44.30 set at Buhl April 14. In addition, Wood River came up with the second-fastest medley relay time of all Idaho 4A schools this season, right be-hind Nampa's 3:41.35 clocking.

It was Wood River's only gold of the day, although junior Cheyenne Swanson (101-10) finished second behind Minico junior Linsey Bair (111-05) in the girls' discus final.

That represented quite an improvement for Bair, who had placed sixth (107-02) behind gold medalist Swanson (115-11) in last year's State 4A discus final at Bronco Stadium.

Wood River's other silver Wednesday came from senior James Paris in the 3200-meter run final. Paris (10:09.86) was a solid second behind runaway winner Erik Harris (9:43.89), the smooth-running, watch-checking junior from Twin Falls who is the reigning State 800m king.

In that 3200m race Twin Falls junior Karl Lundgren (10:17.34) held off Wood River senior Andrew Pfeiffer (10:18.92) for the third and final state berth in the two-miler. Hailey sophomore Chase Eng-land (10:42.17) was fifth of the 22 runners.

The only Wood River athlete who qualified for the finals in preliminary heats was sopho-more Ian Keys. He entered Thursday's 100m dash final with the best qualifying time (11.14 seconds) and had the fourth-best time (23.58) in a very tough 200m field.

The top three individuals and top two relays qualified for the United Dairymen of Idaho's 94th annual State Track and Field Championships in Boise May 19-20. Finals of other field events and running finals were Thursday afternoon in Hailey.

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