Eagle High girls track team get a boost from Maryland transplant

New athlete stepping up to help the Mustangs to another strong season.

rroberts@idahostatesman.comMay 3, 2014 

EAGLE - Only nine points separated the first-place Eagle girls and second-place Mountain View at the 2013 5A state track and field meet.

Forty-two of the Mustangs' 102 points, not including relay participation, left the program with the graduation of 100-meter champion Brittany Rawlins and pole vault and 100 hurdles winner Allison Jeffries.

Eagle coach Greg Harm didn't seem to have much trouble replacing those points in 2014.

The Mustangs racked up 120.5 points with six victories to claim the Gary Gorrell Twilight Classic on Friday night at Eagle High, reaffirming their status as favorites to repeat as state champions.

Helping carry the torch for the Mustangs is junior Kolbi Sims, who moved to Eagle before the start of the school year from Thomas Stone High in Waldorf, Md.

Sims won the Maryland 3A state title in the 400 meters in 57.47 seconds last season, and ranks among the top three in Idaho in the 200 and 400 this year, according to athletic.net.

Sims won the 400 (59.41 seconds), 200 (25.76) and tied for first in the high jump (5 feet) at the Twilight meet.

"It's been awesome. All of the girls have been very supportive," Sims said. "They've been pushing me on all my races. I don't know, I feel like I am at home here. The girls are really, really fast."

Key to Eagle's championship last season was the success of its relays. The Mustangs won the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400 at state.

Sims took over the anchor leg in the 4x200, and the Mustangs would have won the event Friday if not for a disqualification on their final handoff.

"We're going to get it down," Sims said.

Eagle's Maddy Dustin, Hallie McNabb, Erin Wheless and Kylee Coffin teamed up to win the 4x100. Coffin is the only returner from last year's 4x100, but the group established a 5A best with their time of 49.40 seconds. Coffin moved to the anchor position this year and came from behind to edge Rocky Mountain.

"We obviously really miss our seniors, especially me," said Coffin, who also ran on the Mustangs' winning 4x200 relay last year. "It was hard at first to get used to new girls. We've had to switch a lot of people out, but we're starting to get better and better."

The Mustangs also posted wins in the 4x800 and 4x400 at the Twilight meet, which is a good confidence boost ahead of next week's district meet at Mountain View High.

"Relay points are big for us and our big picture at state, and always have been," Harm said. "We've got a real nice group of girls. We can do a lot of things with runners like that."

TWILIGHT HIGHLIGHTS

• Rocky Mountain senior Jordon Wallin, a USC signee, clocked the state's fastest time in the boys 800 meters this season, winning in 1 minute, 52.90 seconds.

• Sims' time of 25.76 seconds in the girls 200 matched Challis' Hannah Cain for the best time this season.

• Meridian's 4x400-meter relay team of Dylan Haas, Bryson Stout, Dwain Stucker and Nathan Morton crossed the finish line in 3 minutes, 22.14 seconds, surpassing the previous fastest time in the state by more than 3 seconds.

• Oregon State football commit Jake Knight continued his dominance of the throwing events, winning the shot put and discus. Knight's discus throw of 182 feet, 3 inches improves on his state-leading mark by nearly 3 feet.

• The Centennial boys edged Rocky Mountain 82-76 for the Twilight team title, which was a rare loss for the three-time defending state champion Grizzlies.

Rachel Roberts: 377-6422, Twitter: @IDS_VarsityX

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