Big Names Coming Back in 3A, 2A, 1A
3A // The Bair Bros. (So. Gatlin and Sr. Jaxon) are your big headliners in 2022, as the brothers currently sit at the top of the Idaho state leaderboard in the 100m (Gatllin, 10.80), 200m (Gatlin, 21.83), 400m (Jaxon, 50.16), and long jump (Gatlin, 22'06.50"), all of which are personal bests. In addition to his state leading mark in the 400m, Jaxon is also second in Idaho in the 110-meter hurdles with his season opening effort of 14.43, another personal best. The Arkansas commit shows his range, as the future decathlete is #5 in Idaho in the shot put (49'10") and is tied for #7 in the pole vault (13'00). Suffice it to say, whatever these boys did in the preseason, worked. Jaxon is the returning 3A state champion in the 110HH, and was the state runner-up in the shot put and holds a personal best of 53'06."
2A // Daniel Simmons, sophomore from Salmon, has already dropped a huge lifetime best in the 3200m with his 9:16.23 at the Salmon Icebreaker on March 23, more than 13-seconds faster than his previous outdoor best. Grady Mylander (Nampa Christian) came into the 2022 season as the distance favorite with bests of 4:19.08 and 9:20.13, both of which resulted in 2A state titles. Mylander edged Simmons' brother, Johnathon, at last year's 2A state championships in both the 1600m and the 3200m by a combined .31 seconds. The younger Simmons looks to exact some revenge this year. Senior Wade Sims (Soda Springs) currently sits #1 in 2A and #2 in the state in the shot put with his throw of 52'08" and is #1 in 2A and #4 in the state in the discus (146'01.50"). Sims is also the leader in the 2A 200m, 24.28. Melba's McKoy Richardson leads 2A in the long jump with his mark of 21'09."
1A // Junior Cole Wilkerson (Grace) currently leads 1A in the 800m (2:00.80), 1600m (4:36.91), and the 3200m (9:52.56). Wilkerson was the 1A state runner-up last season in the 800 with a personal best 1:58.49 and finished 3rd in the 1600m (4:35.23). 1A boys' throws are formidable, with Tui Schwenke of Challis leading the way in the shot (49'11", #4 in ID.), while Porter Taylor (Butte County) sits atop the discus rankings in 1A, 153'10" (#2 in ID.).