HAZELTON — What began as a warm, peaceful day morphed into a borderline Dust Bowl.

Wind rushed through Magic Valley Friday afternoon, and gusts reached as high as 50 mph in Hazelton. The 1A District IV track meet bore the brunt of those currents.

The weather affected times and distances, but the team titles again went to host Valley High School. The Viking girls won their fourth straight district title, while the boys won their third in a row.

The wind was a welcome sight for some of Friday’s competitors. For most, however, it was a nuisance.

Distance runners had a tailwind for half of their runs, but they still dreaded the east-to-west turn, when cold gusts carrying dust would pummel their faces. Every distance runner ran into the wind for their final 200 meters.

“Coming down the home stretch on that first lap is killer. You’re just running, and next thing you know, it’s like a brick wall,” said Valley sophomore Adam Elorrieta, who won the boys 800. “After you get past that wall, it’s basically just giving everything you’ve got.”

Valley senior Brinley Reed, a College of Idaho signee, described the conditions in a similar manner. She finished second in the girls 100-meter dash, which was run straight into wind.

“It feels like you’re not even moving,” Reed said.

Lighthouse Christian senior Jonathan Hall ran a personal best 11.70 in the boys 100 preliminaries, which took place on Thursday, when the conditions were pristine. In the finals, Hall finished with the slowest time (12.93) of his season.

In fact, the winners of each individual sprinting event on Friday ran times that were more than a second worse than their previous season lows.

“It felt like someone was holding a giant piece of cotton in front of you and telling you to run as hard as you could against it,” Hall said.

Elorrieta, Reed and Hall finished in the top four of their respective events, which automatically qualified them for next week’s 1A state tournament. Individuals who finished outside of the top four are still eligible for at-large berths into state, but so are 1A athletes from all over the state. Many (if not all) of those other runners faced much slower winds, giving them an advantage for the at-large bids.

Jumpers at Friday’s meet landed on the opposite side of that coin.

The jumping lanes at Valley high school run west-to-east. On Friday, that meant the athletes were jumping downwind.

Unfortunately for the 1A District IV jumpers, most of their events took place on Friday. Boys long jump and high jump, and girls triple jump, however, were saved for Friday, and the list of participants was littered with PRs (personal records).

“It was crazy,” Castleford senior Haddee Reynolds said. “Everyone was jumping so far.”

Battling more than wind

Weather was a minor concern for several athletes at Friday’s meet. Brinley Reed, for example, was running and jumping on a bum shin. She has only participated in the triple jump three times this season because of her ailment, despite it being her best event — she won her fourth district triple jump title on Friday, and she’s going for her fourth gold medal at the state tournament next week.

Raft River senior Wacey Holtman finished third in the boys state pole vault last season, so he entered this season with gold on his mind. A torn MCL during football season put a damper on those goals. On May 3, his knee bothered him so much that he chose to skip the Snake River Conference meet.

“There haven’t been many good days at practice,” he said.

Holtman will still compete next week at Middleton High School. The same can’t be said for Mike Elorrieta (Adam’s brother).

Mike Elorrieta took gold in the 300 hurdles and bronze in the 110 hurdles at last year’s state tournament. He tore up his right knee during football season, but like Holtman, he expected to be healthy come this time of year. Instead, a six-month recovery process turned into nine months. Last week, he underwent knee surgery.

Elorrieta still participated at districts, but only in throwing events. He finished eighth in shot put and ninth in discus.

“I was pretty bummed,” he said. “I was hoping to break both my records in both hurdles and sweep hurdles at state.”

Elorrieta was looking at Eastern Oregon for a possible college football scholarship. His knee injury put a wrench into that plan. Now, he’s considering Boise State for academics, although he hopes to build himself back into playing shape and keep his collegiate athletic dream alive.

“I got one year shorted,” he said. “I want to get back into it.”

Team scores

Girls: 1. Valley 105, 2. Castleford 90, 3. Raft River 84, 4. Oakley 82; 5. Carey 70; 6. Community School 46; 7. Hansen 41; 8. Murtaugh 34; 9. Shoshone 32; 10. Lighthouse Christian 30; 11. Hagerman 21; t-12. Glenns Ferry 18; t-12. Camas County 18; 14. Richfield 11; 15. Dietrich 8

Boys: 1. Valley 144; 2. Oakley 82; 3. Murtaugh 62.5; 4. Lighthouse Christian 55.5; 5. Raft River 55; 6. Shoshone 49; 7. Castleford 45; 8. Community School 44; 9. Carey 38; 10. Camas County 32; 11. Hansen 31; 12. Glenns Ferry 23; 13. Hagerman 18; 14. Dietrich 12; 15. Bliss 1.

Individual results

Girls 100: 1. Lindsey Morey, Carey, 14.91; 2. Brinley Reed, Valley, 14.96; 3. Shyla Brown, Hansen, 15.26; 4. Keely Cranney 15.4

Boys 100: 1. Chase Ellison, Hansen, 12.66; 2. Daxton Gillette, Oakley, 12.73; 3. Jonathan Hall, Lighthouse Christian, 12.93; 4. Erick Ballesteros, Glenns Ferry, 12.95

Girls 200: 1. Lindsey Morey, Carey, 31.42; 2. Haddee Reynolds, Castleford, 31.75; 3. Amy Maldonado, Raft River, 32.38; 4. Lindsey Drinkall, Castleford, 32.51

Boys 200: 1. Daxton Gillette, Oakley, 25.54; 2. Chase Ellison, Hansen, 26.34; 3. Carson Simpson, Carey, 26.43; 4. Austin Montoya, Raft River, 26.64

Girls 400: 1. Lindsey Morey, Carey, 1:08:47; 2. Sage Wootan, Glenns Ferry, 1:10.33; 3. Makinlee Cranney, Oakley, 1:10.73; 4. Kamri Ottley, Raft River, 1:11:84

Boys 400: 1. Daxton Gillette, Oakley, 53.7; 2. Chase Ellison, Hansen, 56.41; 3. Austin Burns, Camas County, 56.56; 4. Zachary Gomez, Valley, 57.34

Girls 800: 1. Elly Machado, Castleford, 2:36.55; 2. Sophia Mazzoni, Community School, 2:38.66; 3. Kelsey Henry, Valley, 2:45.1; 4. Carlotta Talamini, Raft River, 2:48.85

Boys 800: 1. Adam Elorrieta, Valley, 2:14.09; 2. Ben Christensen, Valley, 2:14.39; 3. Henry Raff, Community School, 2:17.75; 4. Benjen Lilly, Castleford, 2:18.56

Girls 1600: 1. Sophia Mazzoni, Community School, 6:09; 2. Elly Machado, Castleford, 6:17.44; 3. Katherine Estep, Community School, 6:26.77; 4. Erica Kent, Richfield, 6:28.54

Boys 1600: 1. Ben Christensen, Valley, 5:00.68; 2. Henry Raff, Community School, 5:04.59; 3. Nathan Critchfield, Oakley, 5:10.39; 4. Benjen Lilly, Castleford, 5:12.74

Girls 3200: 1. Elly Machado, Castleford, 12:31.0; 2. Sophia Mazzoni, Community School, 13:17.8; 3. Erica Kent, Richfield, 13:34.8; KayLee Hendrix, Dietrich, 13:54.5

Boys 3200: 1. Ben Christensen, Valley, 10:06.39; 2. Henry Raff, Community School, 10:07.83; 3. Benjen Lilly, Castleford, 10:44.08; 4. Nathan Critchfield, Oakley, 10:50.01

Girls 100 hurdles: 1. Bailie Morey, Carey, 18.48; 2. Courtney Poulson, Castleford, 18.88; 3. Evy Jones, Hansen, 19.22; 4. Dixie Whittle, Oakley, 19.58

Boys 110 hurdles: 1. Christian Radasumbwa, Lighthouse Christian, 18.62; 2. Shawn Poulson, Castleford, 18.67; 3. Graden Dimond, Murtaugh, 19.2; 4. Caleb Owsley, Hagerman, 19.36

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Girls 300 hurdles: 1. Dixie Whittle, Oakley, 56.12; 2. Evy Jones, Hansen, 57.54; 3. Trudy Millenkamp, Lighthouse Christian, 58.01; 4. Skye Sabin, Camas County, 59.56

Boys 300 hurdles: 1. Caleb Owsley, Hagerman, 47.76; 2. Jonathan Hall, Lighthouse Christian, 47.81; 3. Justin Scarrow, Lighthouse Christian, 47. 89; 4. Justin Silveira, Castleford, 48.19

Girls 4x100: 1. Oakley, 57.05; 2. Valley, 57.65

Boys 4x100: 1. Raft River, 48.72; 2. Valley, 49.33

Girls 4x200: 1. Oakley, 1:58.54; 2. Valley, 1:59.2

Boys 4x200: 1. Raft River, 1:41.27; 2. Oakley, 1:42.98

Girls 4x400: 1. Oakley 4:41.62; 2. Raft River, 4:48.34

Boys 4x400: 1. Valley, 3:55.4; 2. Carey, 3:59.98

Girls 800 sprint medley: 1. Valley, 1:56.53; 2. Castleford 1:58.01

Boys 1600 sprint medley: 1. Valley, 3:42.3; 2. Castleford, 3:50.77

Girls high jump: 1. Madisyn Kimmel, Valley, 5’0”; 2. Gracie Cover, Lighthouse Christian, 4’10”; 3. Rylee Smith, Carey, 4’08”; 4. Lindsey Drinkall, Castleford, J4’08”

Boys high jump: 1. Brigham Parke, Carey, 6’0”; 2. Adam Elorrieta, Valley, 6’0”; 3. Bryton Cooper, Oakley, 5’10”; 4. Devan Bollar, Shoshone, 5’08”

Girls pole vault: 1. Dani Campbell, Raft River, 8’0”; 2. Kelsey Henry, Valley, 7’03”; 3. Allie Brandsma, Lighthouse Christian, 7’0”; 4. Veronica Gomez, Raft River, 6’06”

Boys pole vault: 1. Wacey Holtman, Raft River, 12’06”; 2. Jordan Bradshaw, Lighthouse Christian, 12’0”; 3. Justin Scarrow, Lighthouse Christian, 11’06”; 4. Nic Anderson, Valley, 11’0”

Boys long jump: 1. Austin Smith, Murtaugh, 21’08”; 2, Erick Ballesteros, Glenns Ferry, 21’06.5”; 3, Jason Hardy, Valley, 20’04”; 4, Brady Turner, Glenns Ferry, 20’02”

Girls long jump: 1. Brinley Reed, Valley, 16’11.75”; 2. Kynsee Mussman, Valley, 16’11”; 3. Kamri Ottley, Raft River, 16’0.25”; 4. Haddee Reynolds, Castleford, 15’10.75”

Girls triple jump: 1. Brinley Reed, Valley, 34’02.5”; 2. Skye Sabin, Camas County, 33’03”; 3. Haddee Reynolds, Castleford, 33’01.5”; 4. Cierra Hennings, Shoshone, 32’11.5

Boys triple jump: 1. Devan Bollar, Shoshone, 40’09”; 2. Austin Smith, Murtaugh, 40’07.75”; 3. Austin Burns, Camas County, 40’03”; 4. Slade Dill, Dietrich, 39’05”

Girls discus: 1. Samantha McCrorey, Hagerman, 115’10”; 2. Tannah Sellers, Valley, 112’0”; 3. Angie Magana, Oakley, 110’0”; 4. Allysen Huyser, Shoshone, 103’10”

Boys discus: 1. Jack Burton, Valley, 140’06”; 2. Cody Cantrell, Shoshone, 115’06”; 3. Trevor Kirkland, Carey, 112’06.5”; 4. Collin Tvrdy, Valley, 112’03

Girls shot put: 1. Jade Etelu, Castleford, 36’09.75”; 2. Angie Mangana, Oakley, 32’11”; 3. Madi Carpenter, Raft River, 31’08.5”; 4. Laci Whitaker, Raft River, 31’04.5”

Boys shot put: 1. Jack Burton, Valley, 46’08”; 2. Joel Nunes, Oakley, 41’0”; 3. Cody Cantrell; 4. KC Hainline, Camas County, 39’07.5”

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