Putting together a successful relay team isn't just about finding the four fastest runners.
Fantastic speed certainly doesn't hurt, but runners must also be compatible on handoffs and willing to sacrifice an individual win for a chance at team glory.
The Eagle girls 4x100-meter relay team of Allison Jeffries, Kylee Coffin, Kinsey Keene and Brittany Rawlins has that formula down pat.
Jeffries, Coffin and Rawlins teamed up to win the 5A state title in the event last season, establishing an overall state record with their winning time of 48.22 seconds.
The addition of Keene this season appears to have the group on another record-breaking chase.
On Friday night at the second annual Pulse Invitational at Centennial High, the Mustangs came within a half-second of matching last year's time, winning the race in 48.7.
It is an impressive time considering how early it is in the season.
"We threw (Kinsey) in last week. We had two practices with her and we didn't know how it was going to go," said Jeffries, who runs the opening leg of the relay. " The handoffs went perfectly and we were just all so pumped."
In addition to the victory in the 4x100, the Eagle girls also won the 100 (Rawlins), 200 (Rawlins), 4x400 relay, pole vault (Jeffries) and 110 hurdles (Jeffries), spurring the Mustangs to a team victory. Centennial captured the boys title.
Multiple state-leading individual marks were established at Friday's meet, which is the largest of the season thus far with 16 teams. Here are those performances:
Eagle's Gabe Harm posted the fastest time in the boys 800, winning in 1:56.0.
Running in the second heat, Centennial's Kody Brock won the 200 in 22.3 seconds.
Madison's Daniel Bruton won the high jump by clearing 6 feet, 6 inches.
Timberline's Andrew Rafla won the 3,200 in 9:32.
Mountain View's Cambree Harbaugh improved upon her top marks in the long jump (18-2.25) and triple jump (38-1.5).
Rawlins matched her top time in the 100 (12.4) and cruised to a 200 best of 25.1.
Jeffries, the reigning 5A state champ in the pole vault, set a personal and state best in the event by clearing 12-1.
Results from the meet will run in Sunday's edition.
ROCKY RELAY TAKES SECOND AT ELITE ARCADIA INVITE
Track and field athletes from Boise, Mountain View, Pocatello, Rigby and Rocky Mountain were invited to compete at the Arcadia Invitational on Friday and Saturday near Los Angeles.
On Friday, Rocky Mountain's 4x800-meter boys relay team of Joe Giese, Ian Cavey, Justin Ross and Jordon Wallin finished second in 7:44.46.
NOTE: Capital senior Makena Simis was recently honored with the All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year award presented by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Simis, who will play quarterback for Montana this fall, was among 229 collegiate and high school athletes presented with the award.
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