Teton Track & Field gave it their all this past weekend at the IHSAA State Track Meet in Middleton.
The weather was hardly ideal as athletes battled wind and rain in Friday’s preliminary events. Conditions aside, several Teton athletes qualified for the finals on Saturday. The girls were honored as 3A Academic State Champions and the boys 4x400m relay finished 4th overall with a PR of 3:32 — a season and program highlight. Freshman Kinley Brown secured 5th places finishes and podiumed in both the 110 and 300m hurdles in her first state appearance.
Taryn Paradis finished out her senior year with a 5th place finish in the Triple Jump. Paradis finished first in the District Triple Jump and closed out her career well at the state meet. Senior captain Jeremiah Otto ran toe-to-toe with the top runner in the state, securing a 3rd place finish and medal in the 400m dash with a time of 52.07. Otto will continue to run as a Nighthawk this fall at Northwest Nazarene University.
The boys medley group managed to podium in what is considered their strongest event with a time of 3:41. Stakes were high as runners settled into their blocks. The medley is a once and done event — win or go home. Saul Ortiz lead the charge in the opening 200m dash. After a clean hand-off to Ricardo Bocardo the race was still even, stride for stride. Buhl, Sugar-Salem, Weiser, Fruitland, and Teton flew down the backstretch with reckless abandon. Timberlake, Snake River, and Priest River trailed from a distance. Treven Warburton pounded after Buhl in the 400m leg, but the top three began to pull away. By the time the baton was passed to Otto for the 800m stretch — the most grueling leg of the evening — Teton had fallen towards the back of the pack. Otto pushed hard and began to close the gap, but was a few yards short. Teton crossed the finish line right behind the Grizzlies for a 5th place finish. The boys side finished the meet 13th out of 18 teams represented. The girls finished 14th overall.
Kimberly High School swept the meet on both sides. The Lady Bulldogs finished 1st while the boys came in 2nd, despite winning nearly event outright. The Sugar-Salem Diggers miraculously came away with the boys 3A State Championship by cumulative points from a 40-man roster — though some may note a theme of quantity over quality.
Teton is pleased to have represented their school with 16 athletes — the most their program has ever fielded at a state meet. Head Coach Jacob Zarpentine is excited about the growth in his younger athletes and is already looking forward to next season. With a tearful goodbye to the seniors and former Head Coach Neil Gleichman, the team will celebrate their accomplishments at the High School with their peers this week.