Senior leads Skyview boys to historic track championship

rroberts@idahostatesman.comMay 18, 2014 

Hagen Graves already knew what it felt like to win a state championship in track and field, so he did everything he could to make sure his Skyview High teammates got the chance to experience it, too.

Graves swept the boys 100 and 200 meters, and added victories in the 4x100 and 4x200 relays to give the Hawks their first 4A championship in program history Saturday at Dona Larsen Park. Skyview (77) finished with a 20-point lead over Moscow, while Kuna and Pocatello split a share of third place.

Last season, Graves won the 100 and 200 at the 3A level while competing for Fruitland High. Despite stepping up a classification, he won both races by a large margin, even setting a division record in the 200 with his time of 21.71 seconds.

"That's what we've wanted all along," Graves said of winning the team title. "That was our No. 1 goal."

The state championship in track helps soften the blow of Skyview's runner-up finish in football last fall. Many of the Hawks' track athletes also played football, including Graves - a future Idaho State wide receiver - and star running back Jaxon Pryor.

Pryor, who will join the Boise State football team as a preferred walk-on, boosted Skyview's total with a third-place finish in the 100 and an anchor role on the 4x100 relay.

"I honestly didn't think it was possible," Pryor said. "But with the team that we have, and the coaches that we have, I believed."

Meanwhile, Rigby repeated as the girls team champion, spearheaded by sophomore Elsja Mecham, who won four events for the second year in a row. Bishop Kelly was second and Canyon Ridge third.


Rhianna Birch won the girls 100 (12.41) for the third time in four seasons, but also proved she's a quick study.

Birch picked up the long jump this season and won the event Saturday, besting defending champion Maddie Minnaert of Bishop Kelly by nearly 11 inches.

Oh, and Birch won the 200 (25.61), too.

"Being a senior and being able to finish first is one of the best feelings," she said.


Elijah Armstrong chased down a 15-year-old overall state meet record in the boys 1,600 a day after setting the standard in the 3,200. Armstrong crossed the finish line in 4:09.04, and then came from behind to win the 800 in 1:54.42.


Senior Brooks Ney swept the boys 110 and 300 hurdles for the second straight year, and also topped his own 110 record for the second day in a row. Ney won his preliminary heat of the 110 hurdles in 14.48 on Friday and Saturday's final in 14.37.


Treasure Valley athletes won 17-of-36 titles. Here are Saturday's other local winners: Caldwell's Saidee Jones (girls shot put), Kuna's Alex Lawrence (boys pole vault), Kuna's Mikhail Kidd (boys 400), Bishop Kelly's girls 4x100 and 4x400 relays and Emmett's boys 4x400 relay.

Rachel Roberts: 377-6422, Twitter: @IDS_VarsityX

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