Thursday's 12-school Buhl Rotary Invitational prep track and field meet showcased several of Idaho's top girls including Wood River High School senior Cheyenne Swanson and Camas County senior Katelyn Peterson from Fairfield.
Swanson, the two-time defending State 4A discus champ, broke her own school record in the discus with a 120-foot and 4-inch toss to win the event by over seven feet. It was the sixth-best discus throw in the entire state so far this spring.
A three-time state champion in high jump, long and triple jump last May, University of Idaho-bound volleyball player Peterson won Thursday's high jump at 5-9—best of all Gem State females all spring by two inches and a personal record.
Peterson owns the top 2012 Idaho 1A times in high jump, triple jump and long jump, and is third best in triple jump at 36-11.5. She needed only a 34-8.50 jump to win at Buhl. Peterson also won long jump (17-9) and 300-meter intermediate hurdles (49.04 seconds).
Her individual haul of 40 points boosted Camas County (58 points) into sixth place in the Buhl Rotary standings, right in the midst of a heady field of bigger 3A and 4A schools. The Jerome Tigers won the girls' meet 146-127 over the Minico Spartans.
Peterson remains on target to do big things in May at her final State 1A track meet at Meridian's Mountain View.
She set the 1A class record of 5-7 in winning the state high jump by three inches in 2011. Her 5-9 high jump Thursday at Buhl remains four inches behind the overall state girls' state high jump record of 6-1 set by Wood River's Lisa Bernhagen way back in 1984.
Peterson's 17-9 long jump at Buhl—eight inches farther than her winning State 1A long jump last May—is only about four inches off the 16-year-old State 1A class record. Her season-best 36-11.5 triple jump in 2012 is about 11 inches farther than her winning state triple jump last May and just an inch shy of the classification record.
At Buhl, two other standout girls were Minico senior Marlee Chandler, who swept 100m, 200m and 400m sprints, and Jerome junior Jasmine Nesbitt, who made a clean sweep by wide margins in 800m, 1600m and 3200m runs.
Kimberly's boys (59 sprints, 25 relays) used speed to clip the more balanced Buhl Tribe 107.5 to 101.5 for the boys' title.
Wood River senior Ben Stout won the 800m run (personal-best 2:00.52) in the wind by over two seconds and Camas senior Andrew Simon took the high jump at Buhl with a 6-0 leap.
Two days later, Stout ran the mile at the Pasco (Wash.) meet. He performed well running a 4:26.13 and placing eighth. It moved Stout into fourth place on Hailey's all-time 1600m list behind Chase Caulkins, James Paris and Benji Jex.
Second places for Wood River's smallish 21-athlete travel team at Buhl were Swanson shotput (34-5) and junior Chase England 3200m (10:23.49).
Setting personal records for the Wolverines during the meet were Chris Carnes, Taylor Douthit, Nicholas Bell, Cameron Bingham, Emilia Bingham, Dani McLaughlin, Kenya Schott and Corrine Smith.
Impressive with its fifth-place finish in the field of bigger schools was the Camas Musher 4x400m relay team of Andrew Simon, Cody Lane, Airik Donohoe and Dave Knowlton (3:40.88).
Here are Wood River and Camas point-getting individual efforts in fifth through eighth places at Buhl:
5th places—Corrine Smith (WR) 1600m 5:45.84 (PR); Larissa Stewart (CC) 400m 1:08.28; Jordan Robles (CC) discus 136-9; Stephanie Moore (CC) triple jump 31-3.50.
6th places—WR girls' 4x400m relay (Emilia Bingham, Kenya Schott, Dani McLaughlin,Corrine Smith) 4:59.37; and Carlie Strom (CC) 400m 1:08.42.
7th places—Davey Knowlton (CC) high jump 5-8; Cody Lane (CC) high jump 5-8; Brandyn Williams (CC) long jump 19-7; and Chase England (WR) 1600m 4:57.92.
8th places—Colton Rasmussen (CC) triple jump 37-1; Davey Knowlton (CC) 800m 2:11.37; Brittani Hulme (CC) 1600m 6:18.69; and Jordan Robles (CC) shotput 39-1.