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Reynolds wins, but its slim pickings for 5A, 4A teams

By Jordan Rodriguez Special to The Spokesman-Review

BOISE – North Idaho 5A schools were shut out Friday at the state track meet as Coeur d’Alene, Lake City and Post Falls each failed to win a team trophy or an individual title.

The CdA girls (22 points) and Lake City boys (26) each finished 11th. Eagle won the girls title with 90 points and Capital won the boys title with 92.5 points.

The only 5A champion from North Idaho at this year’s meet was CdA junior Shae Carson, who took gold in the shot put on Thursday.

Top 5A finishers included Cody Curtis of CdA, second in the 1,600; Tanner Schalk of Lake City, third in the 100 hurdles; Tiffany Kuehn of Lake City, third in the high jump; and Molly Mitchell of Lake City, fourth in the 1,600.

4A: Lakeland senior Camille Reynolds was the only state champion from North Idaho. She defended her title in the 300 hurdles, finishing in a 4A state-record time of 44.17 seconds.

Reynolds fell just short in her bid to repeat as 100-meter champion, finishing third behind Columbia freshman Alex Van Halder and Wood River senior Delaney Fox.

Reynolds was upbeat after the race, pointing out that her time of 12.72 was actually faster than her winning time last year.

“The other girls were just faster this year,” said Reynolds, who will play basketball at North Idaho College next school year. “You don’t always come out on top, but it feels good to finish in the top three.”

Other top finishers for the Lakeland girls included Kari Rucker, fifth in the 400; and the 4x400 relay team. The Hawks finished with 38.5 points and placed eighth. The Rigby girls won their third consecutive title with 123.111 points.

Lakeland’s boys added a pair of top-three finishes as senior Austin Black took second in the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.73 and third in the 300 hurdles with a time of 40.83.

“I wish I would have won it, but (110 hurdles winner Tyree Harmon of Mountain Home) is a great runner, so I can’t be too disappointed,” Black said after his second-place finish.

The only boys champion from North Idaho was Jayson Washington of Moscow, who won the 100 in a state-record 10.86.

Moscow finished ninth with 37 points. Pocatello won the title with 69 points.

3A: The Timberlake boys are in fifth with 24 points and remain in the hunt for their sixth consecutive state trophy. The 3A, 2A and 1A schools wrap up competition today at Bronco Stadium.

Top finishers for Timberlake included Ryan Sackstader, fifth in the 3,200; Cody Aery, third in the pole vault; and the sprint medley relay team, third.

Other top performers from North Idaho schools included Erin Hiatt of Bonners Ferry, second in the pole vault; Ian Marshall of Kellogg, second in the shot put; Chelsea Morgan of Kellogg, third in the high jump; Matt Weingart of Kellogg, fourth in the pole vault; Ned Florea of Priest River, fifth in the shot put; and Alicia Hedrick of Bonners Ferry, fifth in the discus.

The highest-scoring Northern Idaho girls team is Bonners Ferry, which is in seventh with 18 points.

2A: Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy junior Sabrina Ewing won her second gold medal of the weekend, defending her state title in high jump with a leap of 5-4.

Ewing, who won the triple jump title on Thursday, added a third-place finish in the long jump with a mark of 16-07.

“I definitely can’t complain,” Ewing said. “I wish I would have performed a little better. I was a little shaky in the high jump and we had to go to a jump off, but I pulled it out.”

Ewing said she was happy she scored so many points for the Panthers, who are in second place with 37 points heading into the final day. Four-time defending state champion Nampa Christian leads with 50 points.

“Everything I do is for my team,” Ewing said. “It’s going to be a battle, but hopefully we can stay up there in the top three.”

Coeur d’Alene Charter also won the girls sprint medley as the foursome of Beth Gleixner, Danika Hjeltness, Dominique Billingslea and Elizabeth Stadley finished in a time of 1:54.24.

Among boys, Coeur d’Alene Charter is tied for fourth with 20 points.

Top performers included Justin Arts, third in the discus; Rory Ruskovich, third in the 3,200; and the sprint medley team, third.

1A: Clark Fork senior Adam Denham wrapped up his high school career in style, winning the 3,200 in a personal-best and school-record time of 10:01.23.

Denham seized control early and pulled away to win by more than 100 meters.

“I was really hoping to break 10 minutes, but I am really happy with my last high school race,” Denham said. “It felt great.”

Other top 1A finishers included Cody Parker of Kootenai, second in the pole vault; Bruno Bennett of Kootenai, third in the pole vault; Ali Middleton of Lakeside, fifth in triple jump; Dillon Zarpentine of Kootenai, third in the 3,200; and the Kootenai boys in the sprint medley, second.

The Kootenai boys rank third with 28 points heading into the final day.

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