MERIDIAN If it were up to him, Mike Jossis would have quietly walked off the Rocky Mountain High track Saturday afternoon having coached his last meet.
Luckily, his Mountain View girls team sent him out with a bang.
The Mavericks presented their coach with an oversized check declaring him priceless doused him with Gatorade and then gave him more hugs than he could stand in celebration of their second straight team championship at the 5A state track and field meet.
It was the perfect sendoff for Jossis, who decided to make this his last season after coaching track and field in the Treasure Valley since the early 1990s.
Ive coached a lot of great girls and guys over the years. Today I was just kind of remembering different names from the past, Jossis said. Its just an awesome way to finish. Its a great bunch of kids.
After failing to repeat in the girls 100 meters and 4x100 relay at the start of the meet, the Mavericks rallied with record runs in the 200 and 4x400 relay to capture back-to-back titles with 106 points. Coeur dAlene (71) was second, Lake City (70.5) third and Eagle (69) fourth.
At the beginning of the day when it was going a little rough, I thought about that. This is his last year, this is my last year, this is a lot of the girls last year, Mountain View senior Kyli McSpadden said. We put up a fight and we pulled it off.
McSpadden shook off the disappointment of falling just short of the two repeats (100, 4x100) by running to an overall state record of 24.80 seconds in the 200. The Utah State commit then closed out the day by running a leg on Mountain Views 4x400 relay team, which posted another overall record of 3:55.09.
McSpadden and teammates Nichole DeGrange and Kaylee Widdison shared hugs and a few tears at the end of Saturdays meet.
It is just that bond that you will share with them forever, said Widdison, a junior. Its really sad to see them go, but it is such a sweet victory.
ROCKY BOYS PROVE ROCK SOLID
Even when his athletes didnt finish as expected, Rocky Mountain coach Brad Abbott wasnt worried.
When one Grizzly faultered, another got to shine, leading the Rocky boys to their second straight team title with 133.5 points. Eagle (120.5) was second and Boise (53) third.
For every disappointment that happened in the meet, there were two guys stepping in to make it up, Abbott said. I think that is how they did it. They just never quit.
The Rocky Mountain boys won three events, including the 100 meters (Demetrius Oliver, 10.96), shot put (Eli McCullough, 56-10.5) and 4x100 relay (Kevin Wang, Oliver, Kade Ready, Levi Hagen, 42.68).
EAGLES RAWLINS SHOWCASES HER SPEED
Probably two of the biggest upsets of the meet were the result of Eagle junior Brittany Rawlins.
Rawlins got off to a blazing start and held on to win the girls 100 meters, and later anchored her 4x100 relay to a win after taking the baton in second place.
Rawlins and her 4x100 teammates Lindsay Campbell, Kylee Coffin and Allison Jeffries established an overall state record with their time of 48.22.
Ive been trailing their butts for three years and I had to get them, said Rawlins of the Mountain View sprinters. I love those girls to death, but I just had to beat them.
CENTENNIALS DEAN SURPRISES POLE VAULT FIELD
Kendall Dean didnt have the best luck at the 5A District Three meet. During warm-ups, he broke his pole and had to compete with a pole he wasnt accustomed to.
The senior ended up no-heighting and it looked as though he wouldnt be going to state.
But the Patriots filed a hardship appeal, and Dean learned last Sunday he would be allowed to compete at the state meet.
Dean took full advantage of the opportunity, winning the boys pole vault in a personal best of 15 feet.
This was a blessing, Dean said.
CAPITALS CHILDS GETS COVETED RECORD
Jade Childs didnt get to compete in track and field her junior year after transferring from Mountain View to Capital.
She didnt leave anything on the table in her final season.
Childs the daughter of former Boise State and NBA player Chris Childs and BSU hurdles standout Karla Childs (Jacoby) set an overall state meet record in the 100 hurdles with her time of 14.15 seconds.
The previous record was held by Skylines Tia Lumpkin (14.45) since 2006.
It was my last state meet, so I had to give it my all, said Childs, who did not hit a hurdle on her way to the record and also placed in the long jump (third), high jump (tied for sixth) and 4x100 relay (third). I learned how to compete really well and push myself regardless of who I am racing.
Childs also put the state record under the family name again. Karla owned the record for a time when she competed for Borah.
BORAHS OWENS GOES OUT AS PLANNED
The stadium went silent when Brittany Owens lined up for her second attempt in the finals of the girls long jump.
With all eyes on Owens, the senior broke her own overall state meet record for the second time that day, soaring to a mark of 19 feet, 5.5 inches.
With the victory and Fridays win in the triple jump, Owens completed a rare sweep of the two events in three consecutive seasons.
Honestly, as a freshman I didnt even come to state, Owens said. I never even thought I would be here today. I am just really glad that I won three years in a row in both events. Its a great feeling. A lot of hard work has paid off.
Owens also medaled in the 100 (sixth) and 200 (sixth).
Eleven athletes finished first in two events:
Coeur dAlenes Madison Seaman (girls shot put, discus)
Borahs Brittany Owens (girls long jump, triple jump)
Eagles Allison Jeffries (girls pole vault, 4x100)
Eagles Brittany Rawlins (girls 100, 4x100)
Lake Citys Leanne Asper (girls 800, 4x200)
Rocky Mountains Demetrius Oliver (boys 100, 4x100)
Boises Peter Maguire (boys 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles)
Vallivues Mikayla Malaspina (girls 3,200, 1,600)
Highlands Dallin Farnsworth (boys 3,200, 1,600)
Mountain Views Kyli McSpadden (girls 200, 4x400)
Eagles James Heckendorn (boys 400, 4x400)
During the two-day 5A meet, seven state meet records were established. All are overall meet records unless otherwise noted:
Coeur dAlenes Madison Seaman: girls discus (148-07, 5A record only)
Borahs Brittany Owens: girls long jump (19-5.5)
Capitals Jade Childs: girls 100 hurdles (14.15)
Eagles girls 4x100 relay (48.22)
Coeur dAlenes Morgan Struble: girls 300 hurdles (42.84)
Mountain Views Kyli McSpadden: girls 200 (24.80)
Mountain Views girls 4x400 relay team (3:55.09)