In two races that regularly require a photo finish to determine the winner, Bryce Kirby made certain there was no room for debate in the boys 100 or 200 meters.
The Mountain View High senior won the 100 in 10.57 seconds and the 200 in 21.63, both times finishing nearly an unheard of half-second ahead of the competition.
The Mavericks ran away with the boys team title in similar fashion, dethroning four-time defending 5A District Three champion Rocky Mountain with 130.5 points. Capital was second with 91 and Rocky Mountain third with 88.83.
“It was a fantastic team effort all across the board,” Mountain View coach Tracy Harris said. “We had people just step up hugely — field events, the hurdles were huge, we scored so many points in the hurdles.
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“Obviously we were counting on Bryce because we kind of knew that. That’s kind of a gimme, but we had so many other things, which was fantastic. And it’s great, absolutely fantastic, to put a stop to Rocky.”
Kirby, a Boise State signee, hasn’t lost a race in the 100 or 200 this season, and he set personal records — and state bests — in both events Friday at Meridian High.
“Coming out today, I don’t know, I just kind of ran,” Kirby said. “I don’t know how else to describe it.”
EAGLE GIRLS RETURN TO THE TOP
After a one-year hiatus, the Mustangs won the team championship for the second time in three seasons. Eagle finished with 132 points, holding off second-place Boise with 110.5. Mountain View was third with 105.5 points.
Taking home victories for the Mustangs were Kolbi Sims in the high jump (5-02) and Jordan Morris in the long jump (17-09).
“It was a collective performance,” Eagle coach Greg harm said. “We bled a lot of points in a lot of places that we shouldn’t have, but we rallied really well in other places.”
BOISE’S GOLDEN DUO
Madison Lung’s legs wanted to give out over the final 20 meters of the girls 400, but her mind kept her tired legs pumping.
Even as Rocky Mountain sophomore Loren Cantrill threatened to over take her, Lung, a Boise senior, was able to hold on for the win, crossing the finish line in 56.91 seconds. Cantrill’s time was 56.97.
Despite going all out in the 400, Lung still had three more events to go, adding wins in the 4x100 relay, 200 open and 4x400.
Lung and teammate Emily Hamlin were the only athletes to win four events at the district meet. Hamlin swept the 3,200, 1,600 and 800 for the second consecutive season and also ran a leg on Boise’s winning 4x400.
“I’m really tired. Very tired,” Lung said. “I’m not running in college, so this is it for me. I’m just trying to enjoy it, besides the butt pain.”
PARALYMPIC ATHLETE JOINS CAPITAL SQUAD
Freshman Bryce Howell was born with spina bifida, but he hasn’t let that stop him in the athletic arena.
Howell, who uses a wheelchair, joined the Capital track team this spring, and coaches say he has been one of the most dedicated athletes they have.
“We didn’t know what to expect coming in, and what we found out very quick from him was he is such a competitor,” distance coach John Doherty said. “He fell in love with it right away.”
Throughout the season, Howell has competed in the 800 meters in his three-wheeled wheelchair (on loan from the YMCA) alongside runners, but on Friday he took to the track for a two-lap race by himself in hopes he might inspire others like him to give it a try.
“I do hope that I will have a competitor soon,” Howell said. “It was kind of hard to pace myself since I didn’t have anyone to gauge against. I enjoy the races more where I have someone else to compete against, regardless of if they are in a wheelchair.”
Howell is scheduled to compete again at the state meet next week.
VALLIVUE SENIOR SWEEPS THROWING EVENTS
At 5 feet, 6 inches tall, Brooklyn Daylong doesn’t look like a typical thrower.
But the Vallivue senior has proven there’s more to winning the shot put and discus than sheer size.
Daylong, the defending state champion in the discus, won both events at the district meet, and looks to carry the momentum into state next week.
“I’ve always been into (weight) lifting, so I decided to try throwing,” Daylong said. “I tried it and ended up loving it.”
ROCKY DISTRANCE RUNNER KEEPS ROLLING
Junior Michael Slagowski continued his breakout season by winning the boys 3,200, 1,600 and 800.
His win in the 3,200 on Thursday in a time of 9:14.59 established a meet record. The previous record was 9:26.62, set last year by Timberline’s Andrew Rafla, who now competes for Boise State.
Slagowski won the 1,600 on Friday with relative ease, but faced tighter competition in the 800. He was passed on the backstretch on the final lap, then sprinted back into the lead over the last 100 meters for the win.
Slagowski’s season bests in the 800 and 1,600 rank among the top 20 nationally.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
There were several state-leading performances during Thursday’s competition. Borah’s Wes Loertscher became the first Idaho athlete to clear 15 feet in the pole vault this season, and the Rocky Mountain girls 4x800 relay team established a state best with their winning time of 9:23.52.