Rigby, Ririe and West Jefferson High Schools are in full swing for their track seasons.
Rigby has a large, young track team that has been highly competitive this season.
“We have 160 athletes out for the team in 2018. We are very young this year, but the talent is rising fast,” said James Parrish, Rigby’s track coach. “We are doing quite well. We have finished very high in every meet this year. We have several athletes being recruited by colleges for their performances.”
Rigby has a number of standout athletes this year, including Aubrey Scott for sprints and also pole vault for girls and Clayson Cook for the boys. In hurdles, Brooklyn Taylor is leading the state in the 100 hurdles. Parker Miskin is also doing well for the boys.
“Luke Tapp has been a great surprise in the 400,” Parrish said. “We have several younger sprinters starting to challenge for state qualifying levels.”
Rigby also has many talented jumpers, including Hunter Jensen and Kaden Hall for boys and Kaylee Gneiting and Tylie Jones for the girls.
“We have eight high jump girls who could all qualify for state,” Parrish said.
Ones to watch for middle and long distance would be Joe Campbell for boys and Hailey Phillips for the girls. In throwing events, standouts would be Tane Togiai for the boys and Mateya Mobley for the girls.
“We are hoping to get Nate Franz back soon,” Parrish said. “We have had to work through some injuries at the start of the season. We are missing some key kids. The veterans have worked hard to include and encourage our younger athletes to improve very rapidly.”
Parrish feels good about his team’s chances at districts and going on to state.
“Districts is going to be competitive, and we feel we can compete for both district championships,” he said. “We are counting on some returning state placers and several maturing athletes to rise higher this year and give us a chance to get on the team trophy stand. We should have several individual medalists at state again, and we have a chance to garner several state champions.”
Ririe and West Jefferson high schools competed Thursday at the Salmon Invitational with West Jefferson girls taking first place and boys taking fifth. Ririe girls took fourth place, and Ririe men took sixth of the 10 schools in attendance.
Mckenzie Sermon and Malaika Rogers placed second and fourth respectively in the 100 meters for West Jefferson, but Jordi Holdaway remains at the top of the rankings for the Nuclear League in both sprints and hurdles. Lincoln Taylor did well for the men with Braxton Ramirez placing second in the 110 meter hurdles.
For Ririe girls, Dallas Sutton, Cassidy Parkinson and Kylee Sherwood continue to shine in sprints, with Gabe Sommers and Zach Williams excelling in boys sprints.
In the 800 meters, West Jefferson girls took first and fourth, with Allie Severe and Suhay Puente; and Ririe took second and third with Kazel Webb and Sara Boone. In the boys 800, Brennan Green and Garrett Bell placed fifth and sixth for Ririe.
Ririe dominated the girls high jump with Erith Hayes, Brynlee Torgerson, Olivia Torgerson and Emily Crystal all placing in the top six. Jason Wood took second in high jump for Ririe boys, with Adam Scott placing third for West Jefferson.
In discus, Adam Scott is first in the Nuclear rankings with Ririe’s Trey Yearsley in third.
Complete individual results can be found on athletic.net.