There will be 20 event finals on the first day of the 5A/4A state track and field meet Friday at Dona Larsen Park.
Here are some of the highlights from Friday’s competition.
▪ Bishop Kelly senior Lindsey Schmidt won the 4A girls triple jump (37 feet, 5.5 inches) and high jump (5-6).
▪ Caldwell junior Nate Griswold became a repeat winner in the 4A boys triple jump with his mark of 45-10.25. It was a personal best for Griswold, and he accomplished it on his final jump of the finals, taking him from third to first.
▪ Mountain View junior Tori Sloan set a personal best in the 5A girls long jump not once but twice. Sloan won the event with a leap of 18-4.25. It was her first time surpassing the 18-foot mark.
▪ Former gymnast Sierra Kiser of Boise picked up the pole vault as a sophomore. After finishing second at the district meet last week, Kiser won the 5A girls pole vault with a clearance of 11-6. Madison’s Lexi Wightman also cleared 11-6, but Kiser won with fewer attempts.
▪ Mountain Home senior Sable Lohmeier got a late start to the track season as she was recovering from a broken foot she sustained during basketball. The time off didn’t prove detrimental, as Lohmeier threw a personal-best 140-4 to win the 4A girls discus. She finished third last season.
▪ Capital senior Britt Ipsen performed as expected in the 5A boys long jump, winning by more than a foot with his mark of 23-3. Ipsen also won the event in 2015 and finished second last year.
▪ Even his opponents swarmed in for a group hug after Boise junior Seth Nims won the 5A boys pole vault with a personal-best height of 15 feet, 3 inches. Nims finished second at state last season.
▪ Winners from outside the Valley included Lake City’s Emily Hernandez in the 5A girls shot put (43-2); Coeur d’Alene’s Grady Leonard in the 5A boys shot put (61-5.5); Century’s Dakota Erchul in the 4A boys high jump (6-6); Skyline’s Daniel Helsley in the 4A boys discus (172-4).
▪ The Pocatello girls won the 4A sprint medley, while Canyon Ridge held off a late Blackfoot charge to win the 4A boys medley.
▪ The Rocky Mountain boys and girls swept the 5A 4x800-meter relay finals. Megan Boals, Nathalia Campos, Laura Heywood and Faith Dilmore gave the Grizzlies their third straight state title in the event in 9:17.87. Tanner Roark, Ashton Siwek, Gavin Pollock and Anthony Ghiorso won the boys race in 7:56.21.