In the first big track and field meet of the spring season for southern Idaho small schools, the Carey High School girls threw down a marker in the sprints, distances and relays Thursday during the 14-school Valley Invitational meet at Kimberly High School.
Carey senior distance runner Jaide Parke swept the 800-meter, 1600m and 3200m runs. Senior McKayla Mecham and freshman Kelsey Barker won 200m and 100m dashes, respectively. Carey added wins in 4x100m and 4x200m relays and finished a close second to the Raft River Trojans from Malta.
The Raft River girls countered Carey’s strengths with 32 hurdles’ points and 42 in the field events to nip the Panthers by a 124.5 to 123 score in the final meet standings. Oakley’s 52 field points lifted the Hornet girls (122.5) into third place.
Besides Parke, outstanding girls were Oakley senior Paige Cooper, winner of the high jump, long jump and triple jump, and Raft River junior hurdler Kami Freestone. She swept the 100m high and 300m intermediates at Kimberly.
The Raft River boys from Malta out-distanced Hagerman 121-115 for the boys’ team honor at Kimberly. Carey’s boys and Hansen tied for sixth place with 35 points apiece. Panther senior Francisco “Poncho” Gamino gave Carey its best result with a second place in the shotput.
Multiple boys’ winners were Castleford seniors Ty Zimmers (100m, 200m) and Logan Rector (110m high hurdles, 300m intermediates by big margins), and Murtaugh senior Troy Baynes (800m, 1600m, 3200m).
Carey returns to Kimberly for the Monte Andrus meet Thursday, April 11 and hosts the Carey Invitational Thursday, April 18 at Derrick Parke Memorial Field. Top placings from Kimberly:
Teams: 1—Raft River 124.5 points (16.5 sprints, 0 distances, 32 hurdles, 34 relays, 42 field). 2—Carey 123 (30 sprints, 35 distances, 9 hurdles, 34 relays, 15 field). 3—Oakley 122.5 (12.5 sprints, 27 distances, 22 hurdles, 8 relays, 52 field).
4—Hagerman 73. 5—Valley 53. 6—Hansen 42.5. 7—Richfield 22.5. 8—Dietrich 19. 9—Murtaugh 18. 10—Shoshone 17. 11—Glenns Ferry 14 and Buhl 14. 13—Castleford 11.
100m: 1—Kelsey Barker (C) 14.00. 7—Arianna Nielson (C) 14.80. 200m: 1—McKayla Mecham (C) 28.80. 3—Kelsey Barker (C) 29.20. 400m: 7—Shayla Adamson (C) 1:14.30.
800m: 1—Jaide Parke (C) 2:41.30. 4—Lilly Rivera (C) 2:45.90. 1600m: 1—Jaide Parke (C) 5:57.20. 3200m: 1—Jaide Parke (C) 12:24.50.
300m intermediate hurdles: 4—Medin Cenarrusa (C) 54.40. 5—Hailee Johnson (C) 55.10.
4x100m relay: 1—Carey (Clarissa Kirkland, McKayla Mecham, Arriana Nielson, Kelsey Barker) 55.40. 4x200m relay: 1—Carey (Lilly Rivera, Kelsey Barker, Medin Cenarrusa, McKayla Mecham) 1:54.50.
4x400m relay: 2—Carey (Hailee Johnson, Lilly Rivera, McKayla Mecham, Medin Cenarrusa) 4:44.00. Sprint medley relay: 3—Carey (Arriana Nielson, Clarissa Kirkland, Hailee Johnson, Lilly Rivera) 2:06.60.
Long jump: 3—Hailee Johnson (C) 14-9. 4—Medin Cenarrusa (C) 14-5.5. Triple jump: 5—Clarissa Kirkland (C) 27-10.5.
Teams: 1—Raft River 121 points (25 sprints, 16 distances, 8 hurdles, 27 relays, 45 field). 2—Hagerman 115 (25 sprints, 30 distances, 0 hurdles, 36 relays, 24 field). 3—Oakley 89.5.
4—Castleford 70. 5—Murtaugh 59. 6—Carey 35 (0 sprints, 4 distances, 0 hurdles, 14 relays, 17 field) and Hansen 35. 8—Valley 34.5. 9—Shoshone 28. 10—Dietrich 26. 11—Glenns Ferry 15. 12—Buhl 13. 13—Richfield 10. 14—Bliss 4.
800m: 5—Collin Whitby (C) 2:31:80.
4x100m relay: 4—Carey (Christian Zarate, Luis Garcia, Jordan Dilworth, Tori Alvarez) 47.90. 4x200m relay: 5—Carey (Christian Zarate, Gunner Thompson, Nate Adamson, Jordan Dilworth) 1:42.60.
4x400m relay: 4—Carey (Collin Whitby, Zach Olsen, Tori Alvarez, Gunner Thompson) 4:08.60.
Shotput: 2—Francisco Gamino (C) 44-3.5. High jump: 5—Bryson Van Every (C) 5-4. Long jump: 8—Luis Garcia (C) 18-5. 7—Tori Alvarez (C) 18-4. Triple jump: 5—Luis Garcia (C) 37-0.5.