MERIDIAN - A new Idaho standard was set in the girls 800 meters Saturday at the Bandanna Invitational track and field meet at Mountain View High.
Rocky Mountain senior Paige Dilmore completed the two-lap race in 2 minutes, 12.41 seconds, a time fast enough to establish a Bandanna record and one that would be good enough to beat the overall state meet record of 2:13.91 held by Nampa Christian's Danielle Pridgen since 2001.
Although official records are not kept on the fastest high school times in Idaho outside of the state meet, Dilmore's performance is believed to be one of the best - if not the best - ever.
"Anytime you run that fast in the 800, you've done something special," Rocky Mountain head coach Brad Abbott said. "She's going to be remembered for that performance for a long, long time."
Dilmore - who did not get to run the 800 at the 5A state meet last season because of a fractured left foot - said the high level of competition at Bandanna helped her achieve such an elite time.
"(Mountain View's) Sam McKinnon is really fun to race with. She always makes sure we get out good, which I am super grateful to her for," Dilmore said. "In the end it is kind of just whoever has it left, and I guess today was my day, but it does switch."
McKinnon had the state's top time in the 800 (2:14.99) this season heading into Saturday's race and led the first lap, but Dilmore passed her on the second lap for the win.
"It's definitely a confidence booster. I feel really good about our team, and our coaches have been really awesome this year," Dilmore said. "They've paid a lot of attention to our training, and I'm just super confident in what we're doing at Rocky. This has kind of just added momentum towards state."
TEAM TITLES HAVE FAMILIAR FEEL
For the fifth season in a row, the Rocky Mountain boys and Mountain View girls finished atop the Bandanna team standings.
The Grizzlies - who also have won the past three 5A state championships - collected 130 total points. Mountain View was second with 91 and Centennial third with 76.
"All I have to say is we are the luckiest coaches in Idaho," Abbott said.
The girls' lead changed hands throughout the day, but eventually went to the Mavericks with 116.5 points. Rocky Mountain took second with 103.5 and Vallivue finished third with 85.33.
The Eagle girls won the 5A state meet last season, but did not compete at Bandanna.
CHALLIS JUNIOR SURPRISES FIELD
Hannah Cain is glad she made the four-hour trip from Challis to Meridian.
The reigning 1A state champion in the 200 meters turned out to be the fastest female at Bandanna, sweeping the 100 (12.57 seconds) and 200 (26.02) ahead of some of the top runners from the state's largest classification.
"It felt like maybe this meet could be my breakthrough 100," Cain said. "I wanted to finally get out of my slump I've been having since last year."
Cain finished third in the 100 at state last year, but hasn't lost a race in the 100, 200 or 400 since then - hardly a slump.
She hopes to win all three at state this season.
ROCKY RELAYS HITTING THEIR STRIDE
The Grizzlies posted four of the top times in the state this season in winning the girls 4x100 and 4x200 relays, and the boys 4x100 and 4x400 relays.
Keisha Oliver, Madi Kelly, Bailey Boerner and Noelle Aragon teamed up to win the girls 4x100 in 49.86 seconds. Kelly, Boerner, Aragon and Kaylee Oyler then raced to a state-best time of 1:44.63 in the 4x200.
"It's pretty exciting finally getting to feel what it's like to get first at a meet," Oliver said.
Using eight different runners, the Rocky boys crossed the finish line in 42.84 in the 4x100 and in 3:25.18 in the 4x400.
MADISON SENIOR SETS BAR IN HIGH JUMP
Daniel Bruton cleared 6 feet, 8.5 inches in the boys high jump, establishing a Bandanna record and the top mark in the state this season. The previous meet record was 6-8, set by Timberline's Alex Ashworth in 2010.
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