Dragons bring home many medals from Idaho State 2A Track MeetMay 26, 2021 11:03AM ● By Justin Adams
The Malad High School Track team headed to Middleton with 9 competitors and brought home eight medals as they competed against the best in the 2A division at the Idaho State 2A Track Meet. The meet was held on Friday and Saturday, May 21 and 22.
Malad earned two medals in the 400-meter race. Oaklie Hebdon finished fourth at 1:01.38 minutes. Brynlee Bastian claimed the fifth-place medal at 1:01.53. Bastian was fourth in the preliminary events at 1:02.39 and Hebdon was sixth at 1:02.52. Both girls had personal best times in the finals.
Bastian claimed the silver medal in the 800-meter with a fast time of 2:24.14 for her personal best time.
Hebdon finished the 300-meter hurdles in eighth place at 50.96 in the preliminary races. She would finish the finals in the same position, in eighth place with her personal best time of 49.58 seconds. She then won another medal, claiming fifth place in the triple jump, at 32 feet 10.5 inches.
Rylee Jacobsen grabbed the third-place medal in the 1600-meter race with a time of 5:29.78, her personal best time. She was then third in the 3200-meter (two mile) race, with a time of 11:54.99.
Jace Williams finished the 200-meter preliminary race in 13th place with a time of 25.14 seconds. He finished in the 400 meter in 13th place at 56.22 seconds.
Malad’s 4 x 400 team was the last team to earn an at-large spot in the relay. They finished in sixth place at 3:45.54 seconds to learn a medal. This team included Austin Jacobsen, Dylan Moss, Cooper Jones, and Jace Williams.
Ben Wray vaulted to a ninth-place finish in the pole vault at 10 feet 6 inches.
“State track was a great experience for the kids,” said Coach Billy Kimberling. “We took eight athletes that qualified and seven of then received medals. Brynlee Bastian took second in the 800, beating her school record by another record. Rylee Jacobsen took third in the two miles and also in the mile, beating the mile school record by nearly 5 seconds. We took the final qualifying spot in the 4 x 400 boys relay and ended up finishing in sixth place. The hard work put in this year really paid off for these kids.”
“Overall, we had a great track season and look forward to working with the kids next season,” added Coach Kimberling. “We hope to get some more athletes out next year.”
Coach Kimberling said the track team appreciated the support from Hess Pumice Products and Last Mile Wireless for their generous donations. These two business allowed the kids to compete at the State meet without any cost.