The Rigby Trojans won the High Country Conference Invite at Madison last Thursday with the boys racking up 153 point over Madison’s 123 and the Trojan girls scored 135 over second place Highland’s 112. The Madison girls ended up with third place in the 10-team field with 99.5 points and the Idaho Falls boys came in third with a 93.5 score.
“All of the teams had some quality performances and it shows how competitive the area is,” said Steve Barrus, head coach of the Madison Bobcats.
One of the most exciting and competitive races of the afternoon was the girls’ 4 X 400 relay with the Madison team edging out the Rigby team by two seconds in the exhausting race. The Madison team of Clara Thomas, Taylor Stucki, Mariah Wilson and Whitney Mackenzie ran a 4:17.79 which was the third fastest time recorded by a 5A team in the state.
Madison’s A. J. Dawson was the only individual Bobcat champion as she won the discus with a throw of 108 feet 5.25 inches. Even though Whitney Wasden did not win her events, her time of 48.93 in the 300 hurdles and 16.68 in the 100 hurdles gave her the fifth best times in the state among the 5A schools. Skyline’s Claire Peterson won both the 100 hurdles (15.81) and the 300 hurdles in 48.52.
Madison’s Deven Benitez won the boys’ 300 hurdles in a time of 41.50 followed by second place teammate, Ammon Meshke in 42.45. Those times gives Benitez the second and Meshke the second and fifth best times among the 5A schools of the state. Cameron Porter ran a PR 15.57, 110 hurdles that kept him in fifth place in the state with Benitez taking third in the race for Madison.
The 4 X 800 Bobcat boys team, made up of Carter Miskin, Hinckley Manner, Daniel Godfrey and Logan Thomas, recorded the second best time in the state with an 8:30.82 time to win that even.
Madison boy high jumpers continued to dominate that event as Eli Backstein won it (6-2) followed by Isaac Wilson and Kayson Smith, both clearing six feet. Backstein continues to lead the state with 6-6 jumps.
Skyline’s Peterson was not the only double HCC winner as Idaho Falls’ Mitchell Athay won both the 1600 (4:31.71) and the 3200 (9:36.21) and Rigby’s Abby Hancock won both the 100 (12.53) and the 200 in 26.08 seconds.
This week, the Bobcats will spend Friday and Saturday competing at the Rigby Invite.