Harriers enjoy first day Simplot Games success
By Amber Peabody
The Cody indoor track team had its best first-day performance ever at the Simplot Games in Pocatello, Idaho, last weekend.
“We qualified 11 people to Saturday, which is the most we've ever had,” coach Scott Shaffer said.
The Simplot Games offer athletes the opportunity to go head-to-head against the finest high school competitors in the U.S and Canada. Athletes must meet specific qualifying marks to advance to the finals.
“The trip went well and just to make it to the finals is great, but things didn't go as good as we'd hoped Saturday,” Shaffer said.
After making the qualifying mark, several Cody athletes didn't perform as well the second day.
Cody's top finish was in the boys medley relay. The team of Kegan Lassiter, Ethan Slight, Landon Blanchard and Kenny Smith finished third in 3:39.55. The time broke the school record.
“Their qualifying time was six seconds faster than last year and in the final they were six seconds faster again,” Shaffer said. “They really got after it.”
Filly pole vaulters also did well with two top-10 finishes. Alisha Reaser was seventh and Betsey Whisonant ninth. Anna Bales finished just short of the top 10 with a 12th-place finish.
In the 800 meter, Carli Blankeship was 15th.
“Carli won her heat in the finals, but she got herself in a slower heat,” Shaffer said. “We're pleased with her time, though it gives her room to improve.”
In the high jump Cate Brus was 10th.
The Broncs top individual finisher was Lassiter, who was 18th in the 60-meter hurdles.
“Kegan wiped out in the finals, but ran a good qualifying time,” Shaffer said.
Tyler Riggle was 20th in the 3,200-meter run, Alex Gwynn 20th in pole vault and Brad Hanes 22nd in shot put.
“Tyler broke the school record by 40 seconds, which is awfully good,” Shaffer said.
Shaffer said he was happy to bring some freshman on the trip to experience such a large and competitive meet.
Located in the Holt Arena on the campus of Idaho State University, the Games' unusual 200-meter banked-board track is one of the fastest in the nation. Records are broken each year at this one-of-a-kind indoor facility.
The team ends the indoor season at the state meet in Laramie on Feb. 29-March 1.
“It's time to get ready for state,” Shaffer said. “I feel like we can be competitive. I expect us to go in and get it done, not just talk about like we did last week.”
800 meters - 15. Carli Blankenship 2:21.49.
High jump - 10. Cate Brus 5-00.
Pole vault - 7. Alisha Reaser 10-09, 9. Betsey Whisonant 9-09, 12. Anna Bales 9-03.
60 meter hurdles - 18. Kegan Lassiter 9.84.
3,200 meters - 20. Tyler Riggle 10:13.69, 42. Dan Rogina 10:52.61.
1,600 meters - 51. Ethan Slight 4:52.12, 115. Cody Fagley 5:14.06.
800 meter run - 51. Sean Rogers 2:09.06.
Medley relay - 3. Cody 3:39.55.
Pole vault - 20. Alex Gwynn 13-03.
Shot put - 22. Brad Hanes 42.