The Boise Relays has a rich history with records that date back as far as 1974. This year certainly won't disappoint, with several Idaho state leaders set to compete this weekend. After a two-year absence, let's take a look at a few of the marquee matchups set for this Saturday at Dona Larsen Park.
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Allie Bruce (Boise) is the top ranked entrant with her personal best of 4:54.91 from the Idaho State Championships last year. She is the only athlete in the field with sub-5:00-minute credentials and has a seasons best of 5:02.04. She may need a push if she is going to take a run at the meet record that was set back in 2019 by Lexy Halladay of Mountain View in a time of, yes, 4:54.91; how is that for irony.
Great showdown between Grady Mylander (Nampa Christian), Matt Thomas (Blackfoot) and Eli Gregory (Blackfoot), the latter two are fresh off their Arcadia appearance last weekend. Clay Shumaker (Skyview) and Jesse Halladay (Mountain View) are also entered in the field. Mylander has a personal best of 4:19.08, while Thomas and Gregory just ran 4:17.10 and 4:19.12 for the full mile last weekend at Arcadia. Should be interesting to see how this race goes down. Outside chance at it here, but the meet record is 4:13.16 set back in 2019 by Nathan Green (Borah).
Payge Walz (Spring Creek, NV.) is the class of the field and comes in with a personal best 14.81w. She is the only sub-15 entrant and will take a crack at the 100-hurdle meet record of 14.78 set back in 2013.
You are not going to want to miss this one. It took a 14.82 just to make it to the final heat. Emmett's Landon Helms, fresh off his PR last week at Arcadia (14.01) will have stiff competition in Ryan Trane (Weber, UT), who comes in with a personal best of 14.17. Joining these two in the middle of the track will be Jaxon Bair and Nathan Taylor (Rigby), both of whom come in with personal bests of 14.42, respectively. These two will give it a go at the meet record, which is 14.14, set back in 2016 by Sam Brixie (Capital).
Good showdown between Logan Smith (Boise), 57.64, Lauren McCall (Timberline) 58.19 and Kamryn Comba (Idaho Falls), 58.29 in the center of the track. All three of these girls have the meet record in the crosshairs, 58.20 by Brooke Roldan of Timberline in 2019.
A full field of sub-13 second athletes, highlighted by Rigby's Abby Hancock (12.32), Timberline's Brynn Celani (12.41) and Payge Walz (Spring Creek, NV.) 12.42.
The Bair Bro's (Gatlin and Jaxon) are the headliners here. Gatlin, fresh of his 10.46w effort last weekend, will face off with his brother Jaxon (10.78). The rest of the field all have sub-11.20 credentials, but the real show will be out front in the middle of the track. The meet record of 10.50 was set 20-years ago by Chuck Fleming of Minico.
What a great race we have here, with five athletes coming in at sub-2:20, while the top three are separated by .21 of a second. Jamie Hamlin (Boise, 2:14.78), Marion Packer (Meridian, 2:14.99) and Abby Stamper (Timberline, 2:14.99) look to lead the field of 17 athletes. Another meet record that may fall here, 2:15.39 by the aforementioned Halladay of Mountain View in 2019.
In a 1600m rematch between Thomas, Mylander, and Halladay, enters Spencer Nelson of Rigby with the top seed of 1:57.57 headlining the field of 14 athletes, seven of which have sub-2:00-minute races on their resumes.
The boys 200m will be one of the marquee events on the day, with Gatlin Bair's 21.32 leading the way. Joining Bair in the center of the track will be the Boise duo of Mason lawyer (21.64) and Liam Murray (22.22). Bair's 21.32 ranks him #42 in the country. The meet record here is 21.80 by Landon Watts of Eagle in 2010, certainly one that should fall.
Boys Shot Put
Four 50-foot throwers lead the final flight, with the top three separated by only 3.25" this season. Jacob Womack (Rigby) comes in as the favorite with his throw of 53-07, just ahead of Kimberly's Jaxon Bair (53-06 PR) and Mountain View's Jackson Beck (53-03.75).
Potential Meet Records in jeopardy:
110HH: 14.14 - Sam Brixie (Capital) 2016
100m: 10.50 - Chuck Fleming (Minico) 2002
200m: 21.80 - Landon Watts (Eagle) 2010
3200m: 9:35.17 - Dallin Bird (Pocatello) 2019
Pole Vault: 15-07 - Donovan Kilmartin (Eagle) 2002
1600m: 4:54.91 - Lexy Halladay (Mountain View) 2019
100H: 14.78 - Allison Jefferies (Eagle) 2013
800m: 2:15.39 - Lexy Halladay (Mountain View) 2019
400m: 58.20 - Brooke Roldan (Timberline) 2019
Long Jump: 18-06.50 - Jauquet (Mountain Home) 1988
Pole Vault: 12-03 - Allison Jeffries (Eagle) 2013
Other Notable Competitors:
Emmett's Landon Helms comes in with the #3 mark in the country in the pole vault at 17-02, the clear class of the field. His Emmett teammate, Tatum Richards, headlines the girls pole vault with her personal best clearance of 12-10, which she has done indoor and outdoor. Kaila Mederios (Meridian) is the top seed in the long jump (18-05.25) and the triple jump (37-00). With Meridian's Eli Lawrence not entered in the boys' triple jump, Eagle's Barrett Davis (45-09.50) and Kimberly's Gatlin Bair (45-06.75) will duke it out on the triple jump runway.
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*All marks noted in this preview are based on entry times and marks with the exception of notable personal bests.
Any questions or comments can be directed to MileSplit Idaho Editor, Sean Zeitler