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Track & Field: Border War -- Arnzen triples in short runs

LAPWAI — During basketball season, one of Prairie’s powerful rebounders presented a matchup problem between the lane lines, and last Saturday, April 12, proved superior height is no disadvantage in the lanes marked out for sprinters at the annual “Border War” featuring the small schools of Idaho and Washington.

For the elite area athletes such as PHS junior Lucas Arnzen — who as a running back last fall nearly carried Prairie past eventual football runner-up Troy — the war was but a skirmish in the long campaign for a place on the state podium, to be decided a month from today at Middleton.

Last Saturday at Lapwai, Arnzen turned in first-place times in the 100 (11.74), 200 (23.83) and 400 (52.84).

Meanwhile in Moscow last Saturday, Troy senior Zach Bafus — the Trojan running back — placed first in the 400 against larger-school competition with his season-best. Bafus’s converted 52.64 stands second among 1A boys 400 statewide only to Arnzen’s season-best 51.80 — a personal record Arnzen set while pulling away from Bafus when they shared the track at Kamiah last month.

Also running well in a Pirates uniform at Lapwai was Peter Spencer, who logged statewide top-three times in the 1,600 (4:44.30) and 3,200 (10:05.70). He placed first in the 3,200 and second in the 1,600.

The Kamiah boys swept the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400 relays. Taylor McCallister, Bradley Knight, Cody Langston and Jannik Koopmeiners covered a quarter-mile in 46.26 seconds; McCallister, Langston, Jason Lloyd and Koopmeiners ran a half-mile in 1:38.40. Chris Pethtel, McCallister, Lloyd and Koopmeiners completed a mile in 3:58.13. Earlier in the week at Orofino, the same Kubs mile relay quartet clocked in at 3:42.97 — the season’s best 1A 4x400 time reported in Idaho to date.

At Lapwai, Kamiah’s Gabe Heun won the shot put with a toss of 40 feet, 5.25 inches and Parker Whipple broke into the 1A statewide top-10 with a triple jump of 38 feet, 1.5 inches.

Clearwater Valley placed a pair of pole vaulters in the top three at Lapwai: Clayton Stamper, who cracked the statewide top 10 with an 11-footer at Orofino, and Trey Pfefferkorn, who placed second at Lapwai with a height of 10-6.

Among area girls, Kamiah’s Brooke Eades threw the second-best performance 1A girls shot putters have reported so far. Her 37-1 was good for first place at Lapwai.

Prairie’s Krystin Uhlenkott won the long jump at Lapwai with a 15-4 — a statewide 1A top-three mark.

Prairie’s 4x400 relay of Keely Schmidt, Mykaela McWilliams, Chaye Uptmor and Krystin Uhlenkott ran a 4:29.41 — a fraction of a second slower than their 1A-leading 4:28.77, which they booked at Kamiah last month, but several full seconds faster than the others posted to athletic.net.

Among teams at Lapwai, Prairie placed second on the girls side and third among boys. The Kamiah boys took second.

Blankenship doubles

MOSCOW — Grangeville’s Quaid Blankenship won two individual events last Saturday, April 12, with raw times of 40.81 seconds in the 300 hurdles and 23.51 seconds in the 200.

When converted, his 300 hurdles time is the fastest 2A time reported to athletic.net yet this year, more than a half-second ahead of Nampa Christian’s Reed Jeppe. Blankenship’s converted 200 time is tenth in the classification. He placed second in the 100 (11.26).

Among the highest placers at Moscow were: Drew Lindsley delivered in the discus (first, 160-5) and shot put (second, 43-11); Kalelea Bass won the 800 (1:10.91); Madison Brown won the triple jump (32-7); and Erica Fortin placed second in the long jump (15-2). The girls’ sprint medley relay won with a classification-best time of 1:54.20.

Diego Barela, Michael Stevens, Cole Lindsley, Hailey Sullivan, Sarah Wilson and Taylor Hazelbaker all also have top-10 2A marks to their credit.

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