Varsity Extra

Bishop Kelly girls claim 4A state track title

It isn’t as if Mikaela Sawyer hasn’t won a race before.

To be clear, the Bishop Kelly High senior already had four gold medals from previous 4A state track and field meets.

But there is something about Saturday’s wins at Dona Larsen Park that will be hard to top.

Sawyer won her first title in the 100 hurdles (14.65), her second in the 300 hurdles (46.08) and anchored the winning 4x400 relay (4:08.63) as the Knights upended two-time defending champion Rigby 127.25 to 103.25 for their third team championship since 2010.

“Mikaela, she seems to just will victories,” Bishop Kelly coach Jeff Carpenter said. “She competes, comes with it to practice every day, and it was just really good to see her go out on top.”

Sawyer started the day with her 100 hurdles victory and got a bit misty-eyed upon crossing the finish line. She took fourth at state in the event as a freshman and second the past two seasons.

“It’s just really reassuring, if anything,” said Sawyer, who is committed to Princeton. “It makes me excited for college track next year.”

Also winning individual titles for the Knights was senior Maddie Minnaert (18-00.25) in the long jump, sophomore Lindsey Schmidt in the high jump (5-02) and junior Sophia Adams in the discus (123-02). Minnaert and sophomores Payton Kirtley, Sena Miller and Olivia Elwer combined for a win in the 4x200.

Minnaert holds the 4A record in the long jump with her winning mark of 18 feet, 10.5 inches from 2013. She has signed to compete in track at Colorado State and has contributed to BK state championships in basketball, soccer and track.

Rigby won the 4A boys team title with 103 points, and Bishop Kelly wrested the second-place trophy out of Skyview’s hands by coming in second in the final event of the meet — the 4x400 relay. BK trailed Skyview before the 4x400 but ended up taking second 62-59.

“We’re really young, and they just battled,” Carpenter said. “For two weeks in a row it came down to the 4x4 against Skyview, and we beat them both weeks to take the district championship last week and then runner-up today.”

Treasure Valley athletes won 16 of the 36 events contested at the 4A level.

Kuna senior Mikhail Kidd was the only local boy to win more than one individual 4A event. Kidd won the 400 (49.51) for the second year in a row, took first in the 200 (22.29) and added a second-place finish in the triple jump.


Junior Jayde Nielsen swept the girls 100 and 200 to lead the Huskies to their first team title since 2005. Emmett won the 4x100 relay (50.67) and 4x200 (1:48.97) to hold off second-place Shelley 107.5 to 87.