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For the week of May 2 through May 8, 2001

Great afternoon for Shay Memorial track

Wolverine girls second in nine-school meet

"The best weather of the track season," said Wood River High School girls’ track and field coach J.C. Nemecek about last Thursday’s Shay Memorial meet in Hailey.

On a very warm day, with just a slight breeze, Wood River hosted its only meet of the 2001 season at Phil Homer Athletic Field. And there were some outstanding performances by athletes from the nine schools.

Wood River’s girls, fighting through injuries and one untimely relay disqualification, nevertheless placed second to the defending Shay Memorial champion Declo Hornets.

Declo (40 points field, 32 hurdles) doesn’t have the sprinters it had last spring, but the Hornets piled up 109 points to hold off Wood River (85.5), Valley (74.5) and Gooding (70).

Wood River (28 relays, 21 sprints, 18.5 field, 17 distances) collected first places from Kristine Hilt in discus (95-8) and Holly Hobson in the 800-meter run (2:26.9).

Disqualified for a lane violation despite winning the medley relay by a big margin, Wood River bounced back to take the 800m relay (1:51.6) and 1600m relay (season-best 4:22.8).

Caitlin Blanton, Rebecca Schwartzenberger, Kipp Mills and Ashley Howe were the 800m relay winners over Gooding. Mile relayers on top were Erin Elgee, Howe, Kelsea Ballantyne and Hobson.

"The 800m and 1600m relays were outstanding," said Nemecek, who added that Howe was battling shin splints and Schwartzenberger was nursing a sore hamstring.

Buhl’s Annie McCauley and Valley’s Katie Brock were the top female athletes Thursday. McCauley captured the 100m, 200m and 400m dashes, while Brock took the 1600m and 3200m distance runs and was second to Hobson in the 800m run.

Once again, senior Andrew Slough led the Wolverine boys. He placed second in the 800m run (2:03.3) and anchored the second-place medley relay team (3:45.4).

Improving by three seconds were Wood River medley relay runners Dylan Welcome, Matt Pruett, Cole Everman and Andrew Slough.

Boys’ coach Ron Martinez said, "Every day we’re getting better."

The Wendell Trojans (123.5 points) took boys’ team honors sparked by 46 points in the field, 32 relays and 24 in sprints. Wendell’s Skylar Stevenson won the 100m and 200m dashes and Buhl’s Kurt Harvey took both hurdles events.

Oakley’s reigning State A-4 1600m king Barry Jenks captured the mile run with a strong homestretch and Kimberly’s Jene Prudent won the 3200m run. Second place among the teams went to Buhl (85). Wood River (48) ended up in sixth place.

Hailey girls with season bests included Whitney Richards and Maddie Thies in 300m intermediate hurdles, and Howe in the 400m dash. Nemecek said, "Whitney and Maddie made dramatic improvements, and Kristine Hilt (first discus, third shotput) had a great day."

Next up is the SCIC conference meet Thursday, May 3 in Gooding.

Other Shay Memorial placings:

·  Second places—400m relay (Elgee, Blanton, Robin Kearns, Mills) 52.6; Howe 400m dash (1:01.4).

·  Third places—Cole Everman 300m hurdles (43.4); Robert Slough 400m (54.4); Hilt shotput (27-8); Elgee 100m (13.4); and Hobson 1600m (6:09).

·  Fourth places—Jeremy Hayward long jump (19-7 ¾); Chad Hayward 110m high hurdles; Andrew Slough 200m (23.7); Tyler Metzel high jump (5-4); and Kearns 100m (13.6).

·  Fifth places—Kearns 200m (28.8); Natalie Safran high jump (4-6); Hilt high jump (4-6); Robert Slough 100m (12.0); and boys’ 400m relay (Pruett, Tyler Brown, Welcome, Eric Jessa) 48.4.

·  Sixth places—Mills 800m (2:42.3); Blanton 200m (28.9); Richards 300m hurdles (57.1); boys’ 800m relay (Pruett, Brown, Welcome, Jessa) 1:40.5; and boys’ 1600m relay (Andrew Stark, Nick Wamsley, Robert Slough, Jessa) 4:01.




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