TWIN FALLS — The weather was perfect, and the athletes took advantage.
The May 3 Snake River Conference Meet, featuring six 1A-DI District 4 teams, was held under clear skies in 70 degree weather with minimal wind. As a result, 141 personal records were set.
Valley highlighted the record day by dominating the boys field and finishing second on the girls side. Only Oakley prevented the Vikings from a team title sweep Wednesday afternoon at Twin Falls High School.
“It’s been a little discouraging for them this year with all the bad weather,” Oakley coach Heather Cranney said. “We’re just like everyone else, hoping we get the kids trained right so the kids can peak at the right time and really get to see what they’re capable of.”
The Valley boys were relatively quiet in the shorter individual running events. Everything else was draped in royal blue.
The Vikings captured the 800 meters (Adam Elorrieta) and the 1600 (Ben Christensen). Senior Jack Burton dominated the shot put and discus, with a personal record in the latter event. Elorrieta took the high jump, and Nic Anderson skied above the competition in pole vault. The Valley boys also swept the four relay events.
Anderson’s win came with a pair of asterisks. The first involved Wacey Holtman, a senior at Raft River who entered Wednesday with a personal record of 13 feet in the pole vault. Holtman’s shortest pole vault of the season was 12 feet. Anderson’s PR was 10.
Anderson didn’t have to worry about Holtman, after all. Holtman was a late scratch due to injury, which turned a likely defeat into a sure victory for Anderson.
But Anderson, in his first year pole vaulting, wasn’t focused on a win. In his past couple events, factors such as bad weather prevented him from even approaching 10 feet. Wednesday’s pristine conditions, plus a new pole, made a new record look possible, and the sophomore delivered — he cleared 10 feet, six inches.
“I was glad,” Anderson said. “My mind went straight to 11 (feet), though.”
Anderson, Burton and Brinley Reed were the three Valley winners on Wednesday to set PRs. Burton, a senior, squashed his previous discus record by nearly five feet with a mark of 137 feet, three inches on Wednesday. Reed, a senior and College of Idaho signee, ran the 200 for the third time this season, and her time of 27.54 seconds was more than a second faster than her previous best.
Reed also won the 100, and she was part of Valley’s first place 4x100 relay team. Vikings sophomore Kelsey Henry won the 800 and 1600, and senior Madisyn Kimmel won the high jump.
The Valley boys finished with 195 points, nearly twice as many as second-place Oakley. The girls side was much closer, as the Hornets of Oakley held off the Vikings 133 to 104.
The Oakley girls won six events, including the 4x200 and 4x400 relays. Senior Dixie Whittle ran for both relay squads, and she won the 100 and 300 meter hurdles. Her 300 hurdle time of 48.9 seconds was a PR.
“I was surprised because I stuttered at a couple hurdles,” Whittle said. “The finish was strong.”
Fellow Oakley senior Cecilia Lemus set a PR with her 3200-winning time of 14:58.4, as well.
Senior Angie Magana won the shot put and finished third in the discus, although her second accomplishment was arguably more impressive. Her discus throw of 108’2.5” set a school record. The previous record was 102, and she also owns the school shot put record (33’11”).
Magana’s performance occurred almost exactly one year after she tore up her knee. On Cinco de Mayo last year, Magana was playing baseball in her weights class. A runner accidentally barreled into Magana’s leg, tearing her MCL and ACL.
Magana chose to forgo surgery in order to preserve her senior season. She finished second in the shot put at last year’s 1A state tournament, but she re-tore her MCL earlier this spring. She returned for the Tim Dunn Invitational on March 31, and she’s won three events since (two shot put, one discus).
“I’m pretty stoked,” Magana said.
Boys: 1. Valley 195, 2. Oakley 99.5, 3. Shoshone 94.5, 4. Raft River 46, 5. Glenns Ferry 32, 6. Hagerman 31.
Girls: 1. Oakley 133, 2. Valley 104, 3. Raft River 101, 4. Shoshone 78, 5. Glenns Ferry 41, 6. Hagerman 34.
Boys 100: Daxton Gillette, Oakley (11.0)
Girls 100: Brinley Reed, Valley (12.7)
Boys 200: Daxton Gillette, Oakley (22.5)
Girls 200: Brinley Reed, Valley (27.3)
Boys 400: Daxton Gillette, Oakley (50.4)
Girls 400: Sage Wootan, Glenns Ferry (63.7)
Boys 800: Adam Elorrieta, Valley (1:59.5)
Girls 800: Kelsey Henry, Valley (6:13.0)
Boys 1600: Ben Christensen, Valley (4.49.0)
Girls 1600: Kelsey Henry, Valley (6:13.0)
Boys 3200: Nathan Critchfield, Oakley (10.45.2)
Girls 3200: Cecilia Lemus, Oakley (14:58.4)
Boys 110 hurdles: Caleb Owsley, Hagerman (16.3)
Girls 100 hurdles: Dixie Whittle, Oakley (17.6)
Boys 300 hurdles: Caleb Owsley, Hagerman (43.8)
Girls 300 hurdles: Dixie Whittle, Oakley (48.9)
Boys 4x100 relay: Valley (45.5)
Girls 4x100 relay: Valley (52.0)
Boys 4x200 relay: Valley (1.38.1)
Girls 4x200 relay: Oakley (1:53.3)
Boys 4x400 relay: Valley (3:43.8)
Girls 4x400 relay: Oakley (4:24.2)
Boys spring medley relay: Valley (3:45.1)
Girls sprint medley relay: Raft River (2:05.4)
Boys shot put: Jack Burton, Valley (47’02”)
Girls shot put: Angie Magana, Oakley (33’0.5”)
Boys discus: Jack Burton, Valley (137’03”)
Girls discus: Samantha McCrorey (118’05”)
Boys high jump: Adam Elorrieta, Valley (6’0”)
Girls high jump: Madisyn Kimmel, Valley (4’08”)
Boys pole vault: Nic Anderson, Valley (10’6”)
Girls pole vault: Dani Campbell, Raft River (8’0”)
Boys long jump: Caleb Owsley, Hagerman (19’06”)
Girls long jump: Kamri Ottley, Raft River (15’06”)
Boys triple jump: Devan Bollar, Shoshone (39’11.5)
Girls triple jump: Cierra Hennings, Shoshone (31’06”)