After sweeping the 3A state team titles for the second straight year, the Sugar-Salem High School track team became just the second District 6 track and field team to complete a classification sweep since Firth in 2004.
Like that Firth team, the Diggers are coached by Brett Hill.
While a classification sweep is no easy task, the Diggers completed their repeat sweep with standout seniors and point scorers Olivia Redd and Jordan Godby injured and cheering from the infield. It made for an exciting meet that came down to the 4x400-meter relays for both blue trophies. The girls’ 74.5 points to Payette’s 67 gave the Diggers their third state title in a row and sixth in program history and the boys repeated as champions by a nailbiter margin of 87-85 over Weiser.
“That takes more than just having a lucky stream of talent go through,” Challis track coach Paul Lind said. “He had his teams dialed in to peak at when you’re supposed to peak and that’s at the state championships. He nailed it. He did what an elite coach needed to do.”