POCATELLO, Idaho – The 29th annual Simplot Games will be held February 15-17 at Idaho State University’s Holt Arena. The event will feature high school athletes from all over the country and Canada. This year’s meet has some of the best athletes in the nation coming to compete. Records are anticipated to be broken throughout the weekend.
Athletes to watch include:
- Bianca Knight, a senior from Ridgeland, Miss., swept the short sprints at last year’s Simplot Games. She set a meet record and junior class record in the 200 meters with a time of 23.26. She also won gold in the 60 meters with a time of 7.26.
- Trenton Guy Jr., a senior form Charlotte, N.C., swept the boys 60 and 200 meters at last year’s Games with times of 6.87 and 21.94.
- Spencer McCorkel, a senior from Bryant, Ark., was the Arkansas state indoor pole vault champion. He holds the junior class pole vault record and won the gold at 2006 Simplot Games.
- Brittany Sheffey, a senior from Laurelton, N.Y., is currently ranked #1 in the nation in the mile and 1000-meter run. She was part of the Zzyzx Metropolis team that won last year’s Simplot sprint medley.
A full roster of guest athletes will attend the Games, including track and field legend Dick Fosbury, our honorary chairman and 1968 Olympic high jump gold medalist; ISU graduate Amber Welty, a Salmon native who competed in 1992 Olympic high jump; gold medalists Andre Phillips (1988 400-meter hurdles), and Kevin Young (1992 400-meter hurdles); and Stacy Dragila 2000 gold medalist in the women’s pole vault.
Not only do athletes get to compete but the Games provide additional activities such as the Parade of Athletes, Pocatello Jr. Civitan Dance, All-Idaho relays, and the Pasta Bar Dinner. The pasta dinner with Olympic athletes Darvis Patton and Anthony Famigletti, will take place on Friday, February 16.