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Clearwater Valley News: Area tracksters fare well at Saturday’s Whitepine meet

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Norma Staaf 208-993-0689

— I spent a blustery Saturday in Kamiah at the Whitepine League Track and Field championships. The Kamiah boys placed first overall in team scoring, fighting hard for every point.

We had amazing pole vaulting from both boys and girls Clearwater Valley Rams and Kamiah Kubs. The Rams’ Martha Smith placed a close second with a personal best in the pole vault. (Maybe her parents’ background in the circus inspires her high-flying ability.) The Kubs’ Jasmine Oatman placed fourth. Kubs Michael MacMenamin and Bret Raymond placed first and third with Rams Aiden Martinez and Tate Pfefferkorn placing second and fourth.

Kubs had many other high scores with Cristian Lopez placing second in both the 200 meters and the high jump, Kaleb Oatman first in shotput and second in discus and Luke Snyder second in both the triple jump and 100-meter hurdles. The Kamiah boys won the medley relay with Thomas Reynolds, Pablo Cabello Munoz, Bret Raymond and Jace Sams. The Kubs were a close second in the other three relay events. Michael MacMenamin fought hard for close victories in both the 800 meters and the 1600 meters with personal records in both. Jace Sams placed third in the 800 meters with a personal best.


Free Press / Norma Staaf (Top) Clearwater Valley’s Melanie Gianopulos leads the pack in the 1600 meters.; (left) Kamiah long jumper Pablo Cabello Munoz is an exchange student from Spain; (middle)Clearwater Valley’s Tate Pfefferkorn looks on as his twin brother Tyce jumps; and (right) this Kamiah relay handoff is between Cristian Lopez to Tyrel Henry.

Farmers’ market, food trailer both open

I heard from Chris Hertel at Long Camp RV Park. They have started their Saturday morning Swap Meet and Farmers’ Market. Vendor space is free and first-come, first-served. Call 208-935-7922 with questions. Connie has fired up the food trailer for the summer and is cooking cheeseburgers and curly fries every day but Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Speaking of food trailers, I was filled with joy and delight to find a brand new food trailer called “Specialty Kitchen” next to Clearwater Brewing’s beer: 30 taproom. He offers five Asian-inspired dishes all made onsite with fresh ingredients. When I headed back to the office, the scent of spicy chicken yakisoba bowl topped with fresh cilantro wafted into the office, prompting coworkers to ask. “Where did you get that?” One coworker immediately jumped into her car to head down there.

In the girls’ competition, Rams’ runner Melanie Gianopulos won decisively in the 3200 meters by 26 seconds and the 1600 meters by seven seconds. Kamiah girls placed third in medley relay with Marlee Engledow, Yesica Gonzalez, Dorian Hix and Jasmine Oatman. In shotput Kubs girls Kati Wilkins, Lacey Kludt and Hailey Robinson all set personal records placing first, second and fifth, while Lacey Kludt won discus with another personal best. The meet of the champions, District and the State meet lie ahead for the next three weekends. We wish our track and field stars and their coaches continued success!

If all this talk about running has inspired you to lace up your shoes, head to Kamiah next Saturday for the fourth annual HOSA color run 5 km (3.1 miles). You can walk, run, dance or crawl, and students will throw colored powder at you during the event. It costs $20 for adults, $10 for students K-6. Sign-up starts at the KHS multipurpose room at 2:30 p.m., with the event beginning at 4 p.m. (HOSA is a student club for future health professionals.) The Kamiah group just nailed it at the state competition is trying to raise money to compete at the national event. They are also raising funds for ICARE. So why not do an event that is fun and promotes healthy lifestyles in the community. You can preregister at the KHS office or call 208-935-4067.

Finally, some news from Clearwater that got lost in my inbox amidst my Earth Day planning. Last month the Clearwater Rebekahs were excited to welcome Sharon McGaffic, the State Rebekahs Assembly President and her husband George, a past Oddfellows Grand Master, for lunch at the Clearwater IOOF lodge. Several Clearwater Rebekahs also travelled to Weippe to attend the district meeting.


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