4A state track and field: Rigby freshman makes splashy debut

rroberts@idahostatesman.comMay 19, 2013 

EAGLE - By the time Elsja Mecham walked out of Eagle High's Thunder Stadium on Saturday, there probably wasn't a fan in the crowd who hadn't heard her name announced over the loudspeaker at least once.

The Rigby freshman made her 4A state track and field debut a golden one, claiming four individual victories to lead the Trojans to the girls team championship.

Mecham won the 100 hurdles (12.47), 200 (25.12), 400 (57.32) and anchored Rigby's come-from-behind win in the 4x400 (3:59.04), giving the Trojans a 46.5-point victory over defending champion Bishop Kelly.

"It's been my goal to help my team win because I have a lot of friends on the senior team," Mecham said.

Minico denied Rigby a sweep of the team titles, edging the Trojans 76-74.75 for their first boys championship in program history.

The Kuna boys picked up a third-place finish behind wins from Reed Ericson (400), Boone Bartlome (long jump) and the 4x400 relay.


Four classification records were established Saturday:

• Bishop Kelly sophomore Maddie Minnaert began the day with a win in the long jump (18-10.5). The previous record was 18-2.75 by Rigby's Jordan Cornelison in 2007.

• Lakeland's Jordan Ward became a three-time champ in the high jump and left her name in the record books by clearing 5-7.5, which bettered the 2008 mark of Diane Blauer of Burley by ahalf inch.

• Rigby's 4x100 relay of Jaimee Hancock, Chayse Eames, Kelsie Blanchard and Keanne Alston ran to victory in 49.63, ending a one-year reign for Bishop Kelly (49.69).

• Pocatello sophomore Elijah Armstrong won his second straight title in the 1,600 in 4:15.35. Armstrong's time surpassed the 2007 record by Century's Chico Lopez by about 3 seconds. Armstrong also added a win in the 3,200.


• Caldwell junior Brooks Ney cruised to victories in the boys 110 hurdles (14.63) and 300 hurdles (39.24).

• Emmett junior Daniel Garz came from behind to win gold in the 800 (1:57.12).

• Rhianna Birch of Columbia out-leaned Bishop Kelly's Makaela Sawyer by one-hundredth of a second in the 100 (12.47).

• Sawyer rebounded for a victory in the 300 hurdles (44.52).

• Minnaert finished with two victories after teaming with Tatum McGee, Callie Falash and Mickie Piechowski in the 4x200 (1:44.02).

Rachel Roberts: 377-6422, Twitter: @IDS_VarsityX

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