GOODING — The high school track teams at Thursday’s Dairyman Invitational buckled in for a long day.
Sunny weather didn’t compensate for sub-50 degree temperatures and winds close to 30 mph. Other than the sprinters, who had the wind at their backs, the athletes prepared for their times and distances to be subdued by the gusts.
Despite the conditions, many of the 3A, 2A and 1A athletes at the invite had big days. Two of the bigger schools, Buhl and Filer, sprinkled wins across the board to claim team titles.
“When we run in poor conditions, we definitely don’t want to have that be an excuse for performing poorly,” Buhl coach Seth Blick said. “It’s that time of year.”
Buhl earned the girls title with 145 points, nine more than second place Gooding. The Filer boys finished 35 points clear of second-place Declo with 156 points, and the Wildcats combined for the most points across genders (the Filer girls finished third with 111 points).
Alyssa Gorrell unsurprisingly led the Indians in both girls throwing events. The Idaho State signee won shot put by eight feet and discus by more than 14 feet.
Gorrell’s continued dominance, however, was not the first performance to pop into Blick’s head.
“Kendra Benson’s doing some real good things for us right now,” Blick said. “Her 800 time in the weather conditions today was really impressive.”
Benson’s 2:35.08 finish in the 800 meters is far off her personal best, but wind was in her face for half the race. The junior also beat the second-place finisher, Valley’s Kelsey Henry, by nearly 14 seconds.
Benson’s teammate Emily Gorrell set a personal record with a 100 hurdles-winning time of 16.90. Fellow Indian America Jaramillo also set a PR (49.65) in her 300 hurdle win, and she and Benson led Buhl to a 4x400 relay win.
“As far as wind, I don’t think it could get much worse than that,” Blick said. “You’re gonna have to want it in those conditions.”
Filer was also top-heavy. Junior Shelby Harding led the boys with three wins — in the 800, the 1600 and the high jump.
“That’s what I was shooting for coming in,” Harding said.
Fellow Wildcat Davis Fischer won the 110 hurdles, and Chance Koyle won the pole vault.
Filer junior Mary-Kate Marshall also won three events: the 400, the 3200 and the sprint medley relay. Thursday was the first time she ran the 3200, and she won by nearly 27 seconds.
“I just felt like running it this week,” Marshall said. “The girl who’s been running it [Gooding’s Keely Wolf] is more experienced than I am, so I just kinda let her lead it and break the wind for me.”
Small school success
3A schools won the team titles, but the 2A and 1A teams were not caught in the tailwind.
Declo (2A) finished second in the boys team standings, and Valley (1A Division I) finished third. On the girls side, Declo and Valley finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the nine-team tournament.
Valley won seven events, overall, including four relays.
“They’ve had a pretty good year so far,” Valley coach Ryon Jarvis said. “It’s not even exactly the same relay (teams) each week, so it’s nice to see that, as well.”
Declo’s star of the meet was junior thrower Robbie Moore. Like Alyssa Gorrell, Moore won both the shot put and discus. But unlike Gorrell, he set a PR in the shot put (by two feet) and fell a foot short of accomplishing the same feat in discus. He’s not too worried about falling short in the discus. He set the school record in that event last week.
“Things have progressed,” Moore said. “I’ve gotten to the point where I don’t have to think about it, and it’s just coming. Reaping the benefits of the last couple years.”
Oakley junior Daxton Gillette robbed Declo of another win by beating the Hornets’ Keegan Duncan by 0.06 seconds in the 100-meter dash. Gillette ran a personal best 10.84. Yes, the wind was at his back, but his previous best was 11.4. Wind as strong as Thursday’s typically adds 0.2 seconds to a 100 time, he said.
“I went in thinking I was gonna PR with the wind help,” Gillette said. “Hopefully I can run that fast at state without the wind."
Gillette’s teammate Nathan Critchfield won the 3200.
Boys: 1. Filer 156, 2. Declo 121, 3. Valley 106, 4. Buhl 99, 5. Gooding 81, 6. Oakley 53, 7. Kimberly 31, 8. Wendell 14, 9. Glenns Ferry 9.
Girls: 1. Buhl 145, 2. Gooding 136, 3. Filer 111, 4. Declo 77, 5. Valley 76, 6. Oakley 66, 7. Wendell 32, 8. Kimberly 20, Glenns Ferry 4.
Boys 100: Daxton Gillette, Oakley (10.84)
Girls 100: Grace Parker, Gooding (12.41)
Boys 200: Garett Montgomery, Buhl (23.59)
Girls 200: Laken Wolf, Gooding (26.18)
Boys 400: Cayden Loveland, Gooding (55.43)
Girls 400: Mary-Kate Marshall, Filer (1:01.80)
Boys 800: Shelby Harding, Filer (2:13.60)
Girls 800: Kendra Benson, Buhl (2:35.08)
Boys 1600: Shelby Harding, Filer (5:06.43)
Girls 1600: Keely Wolf, Gooding (6:15.80)
Boys 3200: Nathan Critchfield, Oakley (11:25.78)
Girls 3200: Mary-Kate Marshall, Filer (13:07.75)
Boys 110 hurdles: Davis Fischer, Filer (16.84)
Girls 100 hurdles: Emily Gorrell, Buhl (16.90)
Boys 300 hurdles: Jeremiah Schilz, Valley (44.90)
Girls 300 hurdles: America Jaramillo, Buhl (49.65)
Boys 4x100 relay: Valley (46.78)
Girls 4x100 relay: Valley (54.24)
Boys 4x200 relay: Valley (1:38.65)
Girls 4x200 relay: Gooding (1:53.90)
Boys 4x400 relay: Valley (3:46.15)
Girls 4x400 relay: Buhl (4:34.59)
Boys 1600 sprint medley: Valley (4:01.84)
Girls 800 sprint medley: Filer (1:59.34)
Boys high jump: Shelby Harding, Filer (6’0”)
Girls high jump: Madisyn Kimmel, Valley (5’0”)
Boys pole vault: Chance Koyle, Filer (12’0”)
Girls pole vault: Bailey Price, Gooding (9’06”)
Boys long jump: Adam Lauda, Buhl (18’08.5”)
Girls long jump: Haylie Brackenbury, Declo (16’10.5”)
Boys triple jump: Cade Morris, Gooding (39’10.75”)
Girls triple jump: Alexandra Tatum, Gooding (32’06.25”)
Boys shot put: Robbie Moore, Declo (45’03”)
Girls shot put: Alyssa Gorrell, Buhl (40’3.5”
Boys discus: Robbie Moore, Declo (162’03”)
Girls discus: Alyssa Gorrell, Buhl (112’03.5)