Several Track Athletes Qualify for State


Ethan Jensen (9) and Daniel Andrade (11) running strong in the boys 4×100 meter relay.

Kayla Overmeyer, Staff Reporter

 Blackfoot fought to take 14 spots in the upcoming state competition, With successful relays and the hard work of individual athletes.

 The district meet was held on May 10 and 11 at Highland High School, in Pocatello, Idaho.

  Tenleigh Smith (9) blazed her way through districts, claiming three spots at state, with fourth, third, and second place titles, in the 400 meter, 200 meter, and 4×400 meter relay.

   “I was so proud of myself to qualify in three events. It felt so refreshing that all my hard work paid off. Working hard, staying dedicated and being focused has definitely helped me get where I am,” Smith said.

  The Lady Broncos continued to represent Blackfoot with two more spots for state claimed by Kaitlyn Neff (10) in the 100 meter hurdles and high jump, giving the Broncos another fourth and third place district title.

  The girls efforts don’t stop there. Kristen Thomas (10) sweeped the distance, for a second place district title in the 800 meter. Not only that, Thomas along with Smith, Brenna Johnson (12), and Emily Peterson (12), were able to take another second place title at districts in the girls 4×400 meter relay.

  “It was really exciting. My relationship with my team is really good. Especially with my 4×4 team, we get along really well and have a lot of funny times,” Thomas said.

  Keirsten Wright (11) and Eboni Beasley (9) stretched to new heights qualifying for state in their first year of girl’s pole vault. Wright claimed third and Beasley claimed fourth.

    “It was nerve racking to pole vault at districts because I’m ranked second in our conference, so I felt that I had to qualify for state. I was nervous once it got down to the last five vaulters, because only four go to state. I felt like I would be the one that wouldn’t get to go, so I pushed that thought aside and did my best to make sure I could qualify,” Wright said.

  On the boys’ side, Bracken Morse (11) and Derek Thomas were able to pull first place district titles for the boys. Morse sprinted for the win to claim the top 400 meter spot. Thomas pulled through for the distance boys, claiming the 800 meter win.

   The first place wins for the boys continued with pole vault. Cade Ricks (12) has had a promising season, with recently breaking the school vault record of 14-06 at Tiger Grizz. He took another win for the Broncos.

 “I’ve done it before, but this year as a district champ it feels that much better. I’ve done lots of outside workouts away from the track as well as camps once or twice a year with Stacy Dragila the 2000 summer Olympics gold medalist,” Ricks said.

   The boys hard work didn’t end there. They pushed for another first place title in the medley relay. Including, Sean Clarke (11), Brandon Brower (12), Morse, and Thomas, with Payton Woodland (11) as a alternate, who filled in for Clarke.

   Clarke pushed hard to place fourth in the 100 meter dash and claim his spot at state.

 Throughout the meet multiple athletes were able to finish off the season strong with new personal records.

 The state meet will be held on May 18 and 19 at Dona Larsen park in Boise, Idaho.