Bingham County crowns two state champs on Friday
BOISE – Day two of the Idaho State Track and Field Championships wrapped up on Friday evening with the 5A and 4A finals being held in the evening at Bronco Stadium on the campus of Boise State University.
Blackfoot had just one athlete competing on Friday night with senior Dakota Mecham toeing the line in the 400 meter finals.
Starting in the lane five, Mecham had her work cut out for her as she tried to topple last years winner Ali Eisenbeiss of Bishop Kelly.
The race itself was blazing fast as a new state record of 56.45 was recorded. The top spot did not belong to Mecham however as she finished third in a time of 59.44.
“That race is just so hard, it takes everything out of you but I feel accomplished, being a senior and placing at state,” Mecham said. “I have to be happy being the only Blackfoot person to place so I can’t complain at all.”
Also in the 4A ranks, Shelley senior Kyle Killpack finished seventh in the 300 meter hurdles.
Earlier in the day the 1A, 2A and 3A classifications took their turns on the Bronco Stadium track and at days end a pair of Firth Cougars had captured state titles.
Caden Portela got the medal haul started with a state championship in the 3200 meter run and did so in convincing fashion as he ran the distance in 9:41.57, thirteen seconds faster than his nearest competitor.
Fellow Cougar Colton Suitter also captured a state title on Friday for his 47.02.5 foot throw in the shot put. Suitter’s throw was a full three feet further than the second place finisher. Suitter also finished eighth in the discus event.
In addition to several athletes that qualified for today’s finals, there were also other medalists of note.
For the Cougars the boys placed third in the 1600 sprint medley relay while Katelyn Hill and Camille Jolley finished sixth and eighth in the girls 3200 meter run.
In the 2A girls pole vault Firth had a pair of state placers with Maggie Murdock finishing fifth and Brittney Hill finishing eighth. In the jumping events, Firth had double medalists in both the long jump and the triple jump.
Britton Bean finished second in the long jump and then third in the triple jump while fellow freshman Kayla Jensen was fifth in the long jump and senior Emily Fielding was second in the triple jump.
In the 3A ranks, all eyes were on Eden VanOrden who is vying for her fourth straight state title in the 100 meter hurdles.
VanOrden kept that dream alive with a top qualifying run into today’s finals in a time of 15.28. She also is the top qualifier for the 300 meter hurdles as well.
Those capturing medals on Friday for the Lady Panthers were Quincy VanOrden who earned a fifth place finish in the 3200 meter run. Gabi Moreno threw the discus 101-05 which was good enough for a sixth place finish while the 800 spring medley relay team finished third in a time of 1:54.82.
The boys team had several athletes qualify into the finals while James Withers took home seventh place honors in the 3200 meter run.
The championships will wind up today with first events scheduled to begin at 10:30 A.M.