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District Track Championships

Carlee Finney, of Buhl, leads the pack in the girls 100-meter dash Thursday during the 3A District 4 track championships at Filer High School in Filer.

FILER — The usual suspects in 3A and 2A District 4 track and field took home titles at Filer High School on Tuesday.

The Kimberly boys ran away with the 3A boys team title for the third year in a row, ahead of the second-place Buhl, and the Indians won their sixth consecutive district girls team title over Kimberly.

Declo took home top honors in both the 2A boys and girls teams over Wendell.

No official scores or times were released from the district championship because 2A and 3A teams from District 5 and 6 will run their championship finals Friday and compete with District 4 teams for spots at state, according to Kimberly head coach Marvin Mumm.

“If we tell them what the bubble was for an event, they may try to raise (the bar) an inch higher or so to get in,” Mumm said. “So the results aren’t released until Saturday.”

However, first-place times for the track events were announced throughout the meet, and there was a new face at the top of the 3A girls 100- and 200-meter dashes: Carlee Finney of Buhl.

Finney won the 100 with a time of 12.9 seconds and the 200 at 27.4 seconds. But she was most happy about her second-place finish in the 400-meter run, despite falling to Kimberly’s Meg Walker.

“I was (disqualified) last year,” Finney said. “I jumped the gun, so to be going to state in it is a great feeling.”

Finney didn’t have the typical competition in the 100- and 200-meter dashes with the absence of Gooding’s Grace Parker and Laken Wolf, who are both out with injuries. Parker won the 100-meter dash 3A state championship in 2017 (12.67), and Wolf won the 200 (25.98).

“It sucks because I know they want to be out there,” Finney said. “They always push me to run my best and try to PR [personal record].”

On the boys side, Blake Phillips was consistent in the short distance events, with a win in the 100 (11.22) and the 200 (23.37). His times were better than last year’s district-winning times of 11.3 and 24.0, respectively.

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District Track Championships

Declo junior Keegan Duncan finishes first in the boys 100 meter dash Thursday, May 10, 2018, during the 2A district 4 track championships at Filer High School in Filer.

“After all the hard work I’ve put in at practice, it just feels good that things are working for me right now,” Phillips said.

After winning the 100 and 200 at the 2017 2A state championships, Declo junior Keegan Duncan showed off his agility once again with wins in both events at districts, including an 11.14-second run in the 100, tying his state-title winning time from last year.

Duncan also won the 2A District 4 title in the 400 on Thursday, and said he’s hoping he can bring home three golds at state.

“It’ll be tough,” he said. “I’ve placed second the last two years. That kid from Soda Springs is really good.”

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Soda Springs’ Henry Workman, now a senior, has won the state title in the 400 the past two years over Duncan, both coming by less than a quarter of a second.

Both Phillips and Duncan said their respective teams have youth that show promise, but will be tested at state this year.

“We’re really good for how young we are,” Phillips said of Kimberly. “We’re just hoping we peak at the right time.”

“They work hard in practice,” Duncan said about the Hornets. “It’s just a matter of if they want it or not when they get to state.”

Finney believes that the Buhl girls have the talent to shine on the state stage, but she’s more impressed with how the team has worked together over the year.

“They’re just lovely girls to compete with,” she said. “They try to be uplifting and encouraging all the time, and we fight for what we are, not with each other.”

But for the individual qualifiers, they’ll have to wait and see what comes of tomorrow’s District 5 and 6 finals, and Mumm knows it will play a big part in his boys team’s chances at state.

“The competition at state last year, it was us and Sugar-Salem,” he said, “and it looks like it’s going to be that way again. If we can double team them, and they can’t do that, it makes it closer.”

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