The Capital boys and Boise girls took victory laps Saturday at Dona Larsen Park. The Eagles used a team effort across multiple events to emerge as surprise victors, while the Braves eked out a three-point win over Eagle behind a pair of senior standouts.
A GOLDEN (EAGLE) VICTORY
Wrapped up in every large victory is a series of smaller, individual victories. Capital coach Bryan Stith will remember every one.
From junior Sam Brixey’s sweep of the 110 and 300 hurdles to senior Drew Schultz’s second-place finish in the 3,200 meters, there was no performance that went unacknowledged by the sixth-year coach.
Losing last week’s district title by nearly 30 points made Saturday sweeter.
Thirteen Eagles — each with a lightning bolt shaved into the side of his head — combined for 96 points and the 5A boys team title. Centennial finished second with 71 points, followed by four-time defending champion Rocky Mountain (67) and Eagle (65).
“I knew if we competed as hard as we could, the rewards were endless,” said Schultz, an Idaho commit who also took third in the 1,600. “We just had to get out there and do what we can do, and that’s what we did today.”
Sophomore Britt Ipsen accounted for Capital’s only other victory, winning the long jump Friday. Senior Derrick White — who took up track just six weeks ago with some convincing from Stith — picked up 11.5 points with a second in the long jump and a fifth in the high jump. Brixey added a runner-up medal in the triple jump.
BOISE PAIR COMBINES FOR SIX EVENT WINS
Madison Lung’s victories in the 200 and 400 were so impressive, the Boise senior hardly believed them herself.
Lung broke a 15-year-old overall meet record with her time of 55.87 seconds in the 400, and would have set the 200 record at 24.62 if not for the wind. She also anchored Boise’s 4x100 relay to a win and the 4x400 to a second-place finish.
Where Lung left off in the sprints, best friend and teammate Emily Hamlin took over in the distance races.
Hamlin won the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 for the second year in a row, combining with Lung to score 68 of Boise’s 87 points and help the Braves win their first girls team championship since 1998 by a three-point margin over Eagle.
“Every girl out there today did as well as they could have done, and that is what did it. We needed all the points we could make,” Boise coach Cori Mooney said. “It’s not going to happen again in a long, long time to have two girls in two different disciplines that kind of dominate the way they have. ... It’s so rare that they are on the same team, let alone best friends.”
Lung and Hamlin will take a different approach when it comes to the next step in their careers.
Hamlin has signed to run cross country and track for Washington, and Lung is putting her track spikes away for good.
“I just wanted to leave here knowing that I went out with a bang,” Lung said.
CENTENNIAL JUNIOR RETURNS WITH FURY
Cory Mullanix didn’t get much practice this season.
After pulling a hamstring in early April, he spent the next six weeks in the Centennial training room rehabbing on a stationary bike.
He was awarded entry into the state meet based on hardship and got his first test on shaky legs Friday afternoon in his qualifying heats for the 100 and 200.
Given the result, Mullanix may want to consider training on a stationary bike full time.
He was the surprise of the meet, winning the 100 and 200 in what was only his second meet of the year.
“I wasn’t planning to do this good,” Mullanix said. “But I’m glad. I’m happy.”
• Vallivue senior Brooklyn Daylong won her second discus title in a row and will leave with her name in the record book. Daylong set the 5A meet record with her throw of 152-02. The previous record was 148-07, set by Madison Seamon of Coeur d’Alene in 2012.
• Rocky Mountain’s Michael Slagowski topped his breakout junior season with a sweep of the boys 800, 1,600 and 3,200. His best finish at last year’s meet was second in the 1,600.
• Centennial junior Tatyana Jones defended her girls 300 hurdles title, winning in 43.71.
• Five Timberline runners combined to win the boys 4x100 and 4x200 relays and simultaneously set school records. Terek Zimmerman, Mitchell Peirsol and Tyus Zimmerman ran in both races, and Reno Moss (4x200) and Matt Roberts (4x100) each ran in one.
• Rocky Mountain won the girls 4x200, 4x400 and 4x800 relays. Sophomore Loren Cantrill anchored the 4x200 and 4x400 to go with a third-place finish in the 400 open. Faith Dilmore ran the final leg of the 4x800 and added a second-place medal in the 800.