SIC four-titude: Boise distance runner wins four 5A girls races; Rocky Mountain boys win fourth straight 5A track team title

Treasure Valley athletes won 27-of-36 titles up for grabs at the 5A state track and field meet.

rroberts@idahostatesman.comMay 18, 2014 

— Walking side by side with teammate Madison Lung, Emily Hamlin held a bag of ice against her forehead.

It was the first time in two days the Boise High junior showed any signs of exhaustion, but who could blame her?

Competing in the 5A track and field meet at Dona Larsen Park, Hamlin completed the distance trifecta with unprecedented speed. Her winning times Saturday in the 800 meters (2 minutes, 13.23 seconds) and 1,600 (4:55.06) established overall state meet records, and her 3,200 win (10:47.02) Friday night was a classification best.

Having already run a combined 14 laps at a record-setting pace, Hamlin topped off the weekend by running the third leg of Boise's first-place 4x400 relay in the final event of the meet.

"All of the races kind of went by in a blur, but the 800, my legs are tired, and I went into it thinking, 'Pressure's off, I'm just going to go out and have,' and I had fun," the understated Hamlin said.

Added Boise coach Cori Mooney: "Honestly, our whole coaching staff is speechless."

Hamlin employed the same strategy in each of her individual wins, running just behind the right shoulder of Mountain View's Sam McKinnon - who held the lead going into the final lap in all three races - before sprinting ahead of the field somewhere between the last 200 to 100 meters.

"That's how I run best," Hamlin said.

ROCKY BOYS KEEP STREAK ALIVE

Not every race went the way coach Brad Abbott might have wanted, but by the end of the 5A meet, he couldn't help but smile as his Grizzlies took turns passing around the championship trophy for the fourth year in a row.

The Rocky boys posted five individual wins and qualified 19 athletes for state for a 35.5-point victory over second-place Lake City (83.5). Mountain View took third with 59.5 points.

Four-year letterman Jordon Wallin was finally able to add an individual gold medal to his haul, winning the 800 in 1:52.98. The Grizzlies also won the 4x100 and 4x200 relays, and senior Jake Knight swept the throwing events.

"I thought three last year was crazy, and then four this year was just topping everything off, making it the best season," Wallin said.

Rocky Mountain is the first 5A boys team to win four straight titles since Borah in 2004-07.

MTN. VIEW SENIOR LEAVES HER MARK

Cambree Harbaugh is getting good at building up the drama. For the second day in a row, the San Jose State commit set an overall state meet record on her final attempt, this time winning the girls triple jump with a mark of 41 feet, 1 inch.

The previous record was 39-09, established last season by Mountain View's Josie Lawrence.

Mavericks jumps coach Wendell Lawrence - Josie's father and a triple jump Olympian for the Bahamas in 1992 - said helping Harbaugh surpass his daughter's record was bittersweet.

"If there's anyone I would have break it, it would be her," said Wendell Lawrence, a Boise State Hall of Famer.

Harbaugh won her second straight long jump title Friday, helping Mountain View collect its third team championship in four seasons with 91 points. Rocky Mountain (80) - which edged Mountain View for the district title by three points last week - was second and Boise (76.75) was third.

RECORD RUNS

• The Rocky Mountain girls 4x200 relay team of Madi Kelly, Noelle Aragon, Kaylee Oyler and Bailey Boerner clocked a time of 1:41.72 to better Twin Falls' overall record of 1:42.61 from 2005.

• Timberline senior Andrew Rafla broke Gene Betancourt's boys 1,600 classification record from 1999 (4:10.95) with his victory in 4:10.33.

• Boise junior Madison Lung won the girls 400 in 56.07, besting Kristie Bergeson's record (56.39) which had stood since 1986. Rich Dickson, who coached Bergeson to the win in '86 at Borah, is Lung's sprints coach. "It was special for me as a coach to be able to do that," Dickson said.

WINNERS' CIRCLE

Treasure Valley athletes won 27-of-36 titles up for grabs. Here are the rest of Saturday's winners: Vallivue's Brooklyn Daylong (girls discus), Eagle's Jenny Stevens (girls high jump), Capital's Marcell King Jr. (boys triple jump), Borah's Karsten Niederer (boys 100), Centennial's Tatyana Jones (girls 300 hurdles), Boise's Peyton Harris (boys 300 hurdles), Mountain View's Bryce Kirby (boys 200) and Rocky Mountain in the boys and girls 4x100 relays.

Rachel Roberts: 377-6422, Twitter: @IDS_VarsityX

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