MIDDLETON — When the Cain family celebrates, it is strictly a B.Y.O.T. kind of a party.
T is for “tires,” and you better come ready to roll.
Hannah Cain, her brothers and a handful of others will get
together at an undisclosed location outside Challis today to celebrate graduation by rolling tires down a hill.
While they’re at it, the rowdy rabble intends to celebrate Cain’s sprint sweep at the 1A state tournament – wins in the 100, 200 and 400 – which Cain calls the “Triple Crown.”
“It was a bumpy road to get to here, but it finally happened,” Cain said. “It took a lot of hard work, a lot of time spent alone thinking about whether I wanted to do it or not. The only answer was ‘yes,’ so the only option was to go out there with all my heart.”
Cain dominated the 100 and 200, cruising to victory with a relentless, effortless power stride. In the 400, Rockland senior Savanah Farr gave chase to Cain on the front stretch, finishing second by 0.07 seconds – ending her prep career splayed face-down on the blue Middleton High School track.
“I told her that was the most epic finish I’ve ever been a part of,” Cain said. “I respect her so much for the effort she put in that. She dove face first and left it all out there.”
Cain’s 30 individual points nearly earned Challis more than half of its 57 points, pushing the Vikings to second place, five back of Liberty Charter’s winning total.
“It’s a reputable finish as a team, but it’s not exactly what we wanted” Cain said. “We did what we could with what we had, and it was a great result.”
Also, Hannah Cain’s 1A state 400 winning time of 58.23 was a PR &her 100 time of 12.57 was a state record
Now Cain intends to apply to the Naval Academy, swapping Challis for Annapolis in a violent lurch toward adulthood.
But Cain has her priorities. Before she suits up and boards the U.S.S. Triple Crown, there are hills to conquer. Tires to roll.
“We have some friends from Boise coming up, and we’re going to roll some tires,” she said. “Different hills every time. We’ve got to switch it up and keep it fresh.”