The 2017 Prairie girls are state champions, having won the 4x200 and 4x400 relays, having placed second in the 4x100, and having scored top-three finishes in three individual events. Pictured are (back row, from left) coach Ryan Hasselstrom, coach Becky Higgins, Madison Ulmer, Mykaela McWilliams, Laney Uhlenkott, manager Ellea Poxleitner; (front row) Theresa Wemhoff, Ciara Chaffee, Chaye Uptmor and Jordyn Higgins.
As of Wednesday, May 24, 2017
MIDDLETON Prairie’s last race of the day once again proved decisive, with the 4x400 girls outpacing Oakley by more than four seconds to move the team total two points ahead of Valley, into clear first.
Prairie and Valley competed head-to-head in a handful of events, and Valley’s individuals scored in several in which Prairie fielded no competitor, notably the first place points Valley’s Brinley Reed scored in the long jump and triple jump.
Those were partly offset by the individual performances of Mykaela McWilliams (third in both 100 meter hurdles and 300 meter hurdles), Chaye Uptmor (third in the open 800, fourth in the 1,600 and fifth in the 3,200), Ciara Chaffee (sixth in the 1600) and Madison Ulmer (eighth in the discus).
So it came down to the relays. Valley’s best — the medley — was in the books before the day began Saturday. Valley had been seeded about two-tenths faster than Deary but more than a second slower than Rockland.
Valley ran the medley faster than any of those seed times, but Deary ran away with a new class 1A record, 1:52.86, almost four full seconds ahead of the runner-up Vikings last Friday.
With McWilliams running the third leg Saturday afternoon, Prairie won the 4x200 in 1:49.47 — a time two-tenths off the class record pace — then placed second to Oakley in the 4x100 (52.03).
Three of the same Pirates took the track for the 4x400, with Theresa Wemhoff handing to Jordyn Higgins, to Uptmor and then to Laney Uhlenkott for one lap each. They finished in 4:21.23, 4.2 seconds ahead of Oakley.
In other 1A girls competition, Salmon River sophomore Chevelle Shepherd scored 12 points by way of a class record performance in the pole vault (10-3½) and seventh in the 300 hurdles (51.59). Shepherd also competed in the 100 hurdles (17.47) and discus (77-9).
Clearwater Valley freshman Melanie Gianopulos scored a point for her eighth place run in the 3,200 (12:30.69) and CV junior Harmony Edmondson scored another with a 4-6 clearance in the high jump. Kamiah tallied four team points on Lacey Kludt’s throw in the discus (104-2).
Olsen doubles, Rams place second
Clearwater Valley’s Cole Olsen won the boys 1,600 (4:27.56) and 3,200 (9:34.98), and he placed fourth with a PR in the 800 (1:59.72).
To Olsen’s runs, the Rams added runner-up finishes by Josh Kolb in the high jump (6-2) and Mika Rives in the pole vault (13-6) and the medley relay (3:42.58). CV also scored with Rives in the 300 hurdles, Trey Pfefferkorn in the 100 and the pole vault, and Kolb in the triple jump.
That added up to second place (62 points), one point ahead of Challis in the team scoring.
Kamiah scored six, with seventh place finishes by the 100 relay, medley relay and Kaleb Oatman in the shot put. Prairie totaled five, all on the strength of Ryan Glimp’s fourth place finish in the discus (133-7). Salmon River scored three, with Canyon Harper in the 300 hurdles (43.17).