Bishop Kelly track and field sweeps Boise City Meet team titles

Pole vault performance propels BK boys to narrow win over Capital.

rroberts@idahostatesman.comMay 3, 2013 

— The majority of the day's track and field competitors had long since left by the time the boys pole vault wrapped up Thursday night at Bishop Kelly High.

Had they known how the results would change the outcome of the annual Boise City Meet, more athletes from Capital and Bishop Kelly might have stayed to cheer on their teammates.

Heading into the pole vault, the Eagles had a 1.5-point lead over the Knights in the boys team race, but BK reversed the deficit for a 1.5-point victory after a third-place finish from Tristan Boicourt.

Despite being the smallest of the five Boise high schools, the Knights swept the team titles in the final tuneup meet before next week's District Three championships.

Here are highlights from Thursday's meet:

BOYS

• Boise senior Thomas Rigby was the only competitor in his heat of the 400 meters. Rigby found a way to challenge himself, coming out the overall winner in a time of 51.19 seconds. Rigby tackled three tough races, with each being separated by a single event. He won the 1,600 (4:26.64), then the 400 and finished up with a third-place showing in the 800 (1:56.82), the event in which he is the defending 5A state champion.

• Marcell King raced to a win in the 100 in 11.46, edging teammate Malcolm Tencate by a tenth of a second. King also added a win in the triple jump (43-2). Tencate rebounded for a victory in the 200 (22.62) and ran the anchor leg on Capital's winning 4x400 relay (3:29.17).

• Boise junior Peyton Harris had the most wins among male competitors, sweeping the 110 (15.54) and 300 hurdles (40.53), while running a leg on the Braves' winning 4x100 relay team (43.63).

• Bishop Kelly senior Neal Murphy dominated the throwing events, winning the shot put (51-9.5) and discus (142-3).

• Andrew Rafla of Timberline established a meet record in the 800 with his time of 1:55.74.

GIRLS

• Bishop Kelly sophomore Mikaela Sawyer had the most wins among female competitors, claiming victories in the 100 (12.89) and 110 hurdles (15.18). Sawyer also ran the opening leg of BK's winning 4x400 relay (4:07.18).

• Sophomore speedster Madi Lung of Boise swept the 200 (25.84) and 400 (59.20). Lung just started running the 400 this season, but is among the top contenders in the state.

• Timberline senior Lillian Ball used a strong start in the 300 hurdles to come away with a victory in 45.67. Earlier in the meet, Ball ran the third leg of Timberline's winning 4x200 relay (1:46.47).

• Anna Maki, a senior at Capital and a Utah State commit, swept the long jump (17-6) and triple jump (36-6.75).

• Capital senior Kayla Stephens established a meet record in the shot put. Stephens' toss of 40-11.50 bested the previous record of 38-10.25, which had stood since 1984.

Rachel Roberts: 377-6422,Twitter: @IDS_VarsityX

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