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Blankenship paces GHS, classification

Grangeville’s Quaid Blankenship, pictured at Kamiah, clocked one of the state’s best 2A 100 meter dash times last Thursday, April 17 at New Plymouth — a hand time of 10.96 seconds (11.24 converted).

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Grangeville’s Quaid Blankenship, pictured at Kamiah, clocked one of the state’s best 2A 100 meter dash times last Thursday, April 17 at New Plymouth — a hand time of 10.96 seconds (11.24 converted).



NEW PLYMOUTH — Two local teams’ plans to visit 1-2-3A state site Middleton fell through last week, but where another squad may have been content just to book a last-minute date, the Grangeville Bulldogs wound up spending an afternoon and evening with peers among their classification’s elite last Thursday, April 17.

Nampa Christian and Nyssa (Ore.) finished ahead of the GHS boys in team scoring, but the Bulldogs edged Melba by a point as Drew Lindsley and Quaid Blankenship both doubled.

Lindsley eked out a win over Nyssa’s Damien Olvera by less than four inches in the shot put with a mark of 46 feet, 10 inches — 2A Idaho’s second-best mark reported to date. Despite strong wind gusts, Lindsley also threw 157-8 in the discus, which was held late in the evening.

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Grangeville’s Diego Barela powers toward the finish line with a first-place time of 3:51.13 in the 200-200-400-800 sprint medley relay last Saturday, April 19, at Kamiah. Pictured cheering him on are relay squadmates Michael Stevens, Quaid Blankenship, and Danny Paluh. The same quartet has turned in the 2A classification’s third best time to date.

Blankenship won both the 100 (10.96) and the 200 (23.01) sprints and placed second to the 2A leader in the intermediate hurdles (40.70). Per athletic.net, Blankenship’s times in the 200 and 300 hurdles were both new personal records for one of the fastest male sprinters in school history.

Also turning in top-three performances on the boys side were Diego Barela in the 1,600 (second, 4:57.66), Michael Stevens in the triple jump (second, 40-11¾), 110 hurdles (second, 16.53) and 300 hurdles (third, 42.67), and Cole Lindsley in the discus (third, 137-7).

Grangeville placed fifth among girls teams behind Vale, Nampa Christian, host New Plymouth and Melba.

Hailey Sullivan won the 200 (26.37) and Kaleala Bass won the 800 (2:26.56). Each of them also added second-place finishes: Sullivan in the 100 (12.75) and Bass in the 400 (1:02.13) and high jump (5-0).

In the girls discus, Lila Musegades and Courtney Cuffe placed second and third with throws of 100-7 and 98-0, respectively. Sullivan’s 100 and 200 runs clocked as the 2A classification’s fastest yet, as North Fremont’s Hannah Brown — the reigning senior 2A 100 and 200 sprint champion — has not reported elite times since April 4.

About a tenth of a second per hundred meters behind Sullivan is Nampa Christian’s Rachel Miller, whom Sullivan edged head-to-head in both sprints last Thursday.

Coming — Grangeville is slated to run, jump and throw at the Lewis-Clark Nez Perce Games at 4 p.m. Friday, April 25, at Kamiah.



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