Madison’s boys 4 x 800 led the Bobcats in scoring at the 5A Idaho State Track and Field meet held in Boise with a second-place finish in a time of 8:05.01. The team of Matthew Jeppesen, Hinckley Manner, Daniel Godfrey and Logan Thomas finished behind the Idaho Falls team to repeat the district race.
The Bobcat boys team placed 13th with 24 points with Rocky Mountain winning the team championship with 88 points. The Boise schools dominated the meet with District 6 schools of Idaho Falls placing sixth with 42 points, Rigby placing ninth (38), Thunder Ridge placing 11th (27) and Highland placing 14th (21). In the girls division, Madison placed 15th with 15.5 points with Boise winning the meet with 157 points.
“We really had our ups and downs at the state meet,” said Madison coach, Steve Barrus. “Whitney Wasden ran a great race in the final of the 300 hurdles and Cameron Porter also ran well in the 100 finals. Will Dixon also had a great 3200 by placing eighth with a PR time of 9:26.35.”
Both Wasden and Porter hit hurdles causing them to fall in the 100 and the 110 hurdles in their preliminary race of the meet, but both recovered enough to qualify in their next races. In the 300 hurdle finals, Wasden ran a PR of 46.95 taking third place with Porter taking fifth place (11.07) in the 100-meter dash.
Other individual medal winners for the Bobcats were Mariah Webb taking fifth in the high jump (5-00); Kayson Smith, fifth in the boys’ high jump (6-2); Eli Backstein, sixth in the high jump (6-2); Isaac Wilson, eighth in the high jump (6-2) and Deven Benitez, eighth in the 110 hurdles (17.86).
Madison also had three other relays place at the state meet with the girls’ 4 x 100 of Annie Moore, Taylor Stucki, Halle Meredith and Savannah Lee, taking fifth (50.79); the boys’ 4 x 100 of Backstein, Carson Brewer, Harry Brewer and Porter taking seventh in 43.64; and the girls’ 4 x 400 of Clara Thomas, Mariah Wilson, Stucki and Whitney Mackenzie, placing seventh in a time of 4:07.13.
With most of the state placers returning next season, they are already looking forward to the spring of 2022.