The orange and black blur that just ran past you? Yeah, that's Elenes Ramos.

The junior from Buhl took District IV by storm this season, winning state titles in the 100, 200 and 400 meters. He also helped lead Buhl's 4x100-meter relay team to gold.

He burst onto the high school track and field scene nearly as quickly as he sprints up the track.

The 2011 Times-News Boys Track Athlete of the Year hadn't run track since eighth grade, when he ran into various cases of trouble and didn't attend Buhl High School his freshman and sophomore years.

"Going into the season we knew his talent. We knew what he could do when he ran in junior high," said Buhl track coach Andrew Moretto. "We just had to get him in shape."

The training began in January. Sprints, intervals and heavy lifting in the weight room. Ramos ran at the February Simplot Games in Pocatello, running 23.2 seconds in the 200 meters.

It was evident he had the raw speed. The next step was polishing his form coming out of the blocks. Two days a week this season, Moretto dedicated practice to the finer points of the blocks.

"You don't have any room for error in that short 100 meters," Moretto said.

It didn't take Ramos long to figure it out this spring.

In early April at the Angie Wyatt meet in Filer, Ramos ran a personal best 10.98 seconds in the 100.

"Right from that first meet racing Alan Cazeau (from Kimberly) and running under 11 seconds, we knew he would be special," said Buhl teammate Jessie Flinn.

Ramos' individual talent didn't take away his dedication to the team. He joined Flinn in various relays throughout the season including the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400.

A humble young man, Ramos always thanked his coaches and teammates for his success in every interview this season. He even declined an interview for this story.

"That's Elenes. Whatever he could do to help the team, he did it," Moretto said. "He didn't care what relay he ran as long as it was a positive for the team."

He stunned the field from his third-place seeding in the 400 to capture the state title in a personal best time of 49.98. He also improved his 200 time to 22.10.

Ramos will return to defend his state titles next spring. In that vein, he already has plans with Moretto for workouts this summer and will run in next February's Simplot Games. His speed could possibly lead to a track scholarship as well.

"He was born with the gift of being fast," Moretto said. "He loves track more than anything."

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