Record-setting was rampant on the first day of the 4A state track and field meet at Dona Larsen Park as competitors established four classification records and two overall bests.
Pocatello junior Elijah Armstrong had fans along the front stretch at DLP clapping every time he passed during the eight-lap 3,200 meters.
Armstrong lapped several competitors and ran nearly the entire race more than a half-lap ahead of the main pack, but still managed to challenge his own limits. His winning time of 9 minutes, 0.73 seconds surpasses the previous overall meet record of 9:04.13, set by Twin Falls' Erik Harris in 2012.
"I was hoping that they'd stay with me a little bit longer, but that's OK," Armstrong said "I just kind of went after it."
Joining Armstrong in the record books were four other athletes:
It may only have been the preliminaries, but Rigby sophomore Elsja Mecham already appears to be in top form. Mecham, who won four gold medals at last year's meet, set a 4A record in the 100 hurdles (14.38) and matched the overall record in the 300 hurdles (42.84).
Caldwell senior Brooks Ney got one hurdle out of the way, so to speak. He won his heat of the 110 hurdles in a classification record of 14.48. He also qualified first in the 300 hurdles, and is the defending champion in both events. "It was exciting to break that, so I can leave something behind," Ney said.
Moscow's Alex Lewis established a classification best in the triple jump not once, but twice Friday. Lewis eclipsed the previous record of 45-07 on his final two jumps, leaving with a state record of 46-0.5. "We've had pretty bad weather up north, so this is kind of the first time I've ever actually had really good weather this year. It was nice," Lewis said.
Moscow's 1,600 sprint medley relay missed the class record by a tenth of a second last season. The Bears didn't let it slip past them again, besting the previous mark by nearly 2 seconds with a 3:30.25.
Leah Bonner, the 4A All-Idaho Girls Basketball Player of the Year, has a discus championship to go with her state basketball title. Bonner won with a toss of 127-02.
Caldwell junior Max Weitz and Burley senior Karsten Hinckley each cleared 6-2 in the boys high jump, but the title went to Weitz, who had fewer attempts.
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