Friday, June 24, 2011

Young runners do well in Junior Olympic track

Big Boise meet

Promising young track and field runners from the Wood River Valley competed June 16-18 at Boise's Timberline High School in the USA Track and Field Snake River Association Junior Olym-pic Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

There were five Wood River runners and they came home with four gold medals, five silvers and two bronzes. In all, there were 587 events staged over three days and many of the competitors came from the Treasure Valley/Boise area.

In the Young Men category (born in 1993-94), Wood River High School incoming junior Ian Keys of Bellevue won the 100-meter dash in 11.65 seconds and placed fourth in the 200m dash with a 23.93-second time. Keys competed for Wood River in the 2011 State 4A track meet.

Ketchum-based Bantam girls (born 2001-02) did particularly well in their sprint and jumping events at Boise.

Jenna Nurge won the 100m dash in 15.81 seconds followed closely by second-place Payton Bacca (16.32) and third-place Madison Ferris (16.64). Placing 1-2 in the Bantam Girls' 200m dash finals were Nurge (34.88) and Ferris (35.26).

Payton Bacca captured the Bantam Girls' long jump with a leap of 11-0.25, followed by second-place Ferris (10-6.75) and third-place Nurge (10-5.25).

In the Midget Girls' category (born in 1999-00), Ketchum's Clara Jenner placed second in the 200m dash (32.60) and second in the long jump (9-11.75).

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