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Still, in spite of the weather, the Timberlake boys and
girls finished runner-up respectively Saturday in 3A at
“I’ve never seen weather like this at a state track meet,” Timberlake coach Brian Kluss said. “As an athlete in high school all the way through coaching for 20 years, I’ve never seen anything like this before. We’re used to this kind of stuff at Timberlake, but we don’t see it often in a track meet.”
Timberlake’s boys finished with 76 points and Payette took first with 86.83.
Senior Ryan Sacksteder led Timberlake by taking second in the 1,600 meters (4:43.69).
“We had some adversity today and the kids fought through it,” Kluss said. “We were hoping for a blue trophy (state title), but we knew we needed some help. Finishing second is nothing to hang your head about.”
Senior Derek Puckett captured four medals.
Timberlake’s girls finished six points out of first with 63 behind Sugar-Salem, which won for the third time in four years.
Freshman Ashly George led Timberlake by capturing gold in the 1,600 (5:35.8).
“The girls were chipping away and chipping away,” Kluss said. “They achieved everything that I hoped they would and more.”
Timbelake’s Caitlyn Nichols captured four medals.
George surprised herself.
“I just ran, I really didn’t think about it,” she said. “I didn’t expect to win.”
The Intermountain League had a handful of other winners Saturday.
In the boys, Ethan Wendt of Kellogg took first in the 400 (50.7) after placing third in the 200 (23.68). He also took third in the long jump (20-11¾).
Colton Watt of Bonners Ferry grabbed gold in the 110 hurdles (14.93) and was second in the 300 hurdles (40.37).
Other top medal winners were: Eric Doman of St. Maries took second in the 800 (2:01.92); Jacob Callister of BF took third in the 400 (51.17); Chris Williams of Timberlake took fourth in the 100 (11.53); Nichols took fourth in the 200 (27.33) and 400 (1:01.87); Erin Hiatt of BF took second in the 300 hurdles (48.58).
In 2A, the
CCA’s Elizabeth Stadley and Sabrina Ewing defended state
titles. Stadley won in the 400 (59.54) and
The CCA girls defended their title in the 800 relay (1:49.26). CCA’s Dominique Billingslea returned to the top of the podium in the 100 (12.77) and was third in the 200 (28.05).
The CCA boys were led by junior Jacob Bowman, who zipped to victory in the 100 (11.13).CCA’s Leo Francovich took second in the 1,600 (4:37.4) and Wes Billingslea was second in the 400 (51.82).