MIDDLETON — Cyrus Rindlisbacher made it a point of emphasis to work after practice this season.
The West Side hurdler remained at the track to improve his conditioning after his teammates left the school. Rindlisbacher would run a full-speed 400-meter dash, jog 100 meters and close with full-speed 200-meter dash.
Rindlisbacher’s extra time at the track came to fruition Saturday at the 2A state championships as the senior took home gold medals in the boys 110- and 300-meter hurdles at Middleton High.
Rindlisbacher opened the day with a win over defending state champion Garrett Hawkes of North Fremont in the 110 hurdles. Rindlisbacher coasted to victory, running a personal-best time of 14.29. Hawkes stumbled on a pair of hurdles approximately 50 meters into the race and never recovered, running a 15.42 to finish second.
“This feels so good,” Rindlisbacher said. “I’ve been working so hard. I really wanted to beat Garrett Hawkes, but I had a lot of work to do. It paid off.”
Rindlisbacher notched another personal-best time in the 300 hurdles, running the event in 39.58 to claim gold. Rindlisbacher never ran a sub-40-second time in the 300 hurdles before Saturday.
The senior’s strong day helped the Pirates finish second in the 2A boys standings, scoring 91 points. Nampa Christian placed first with 131.50 points. The Pirates claimed their first trophy since a third-place mark in 2017.
“We have a lot of depth,” West Side distance runner Jacob Moffat said. “We brought 20 boys to state. That helps us compete.”
Moffat brought home four medals over the two-day event. He finished third Friday in the boys 3,200-meter race and the boys sprint medley relay. On Saturday, he placed second in the boys 1,600-meter race and third in the boys 800-meter race.
Teammate Brigham Cook finished fifth in the boys 200-meter race Saturday and was on the Pirates’ third-place 4x100-meter relay squad, helping the team secure enough points to hold off Aberdeen, which came in third in the boys standings.
The Tigers scored 72 points, six more than fourth-place Salmon. Aberdeen’s Saturday was bolstered by its strong relays. The squad’s 4x200-meter relay team took second, as did the Tigers’ 4x400-meter relay squad. Aberdeen’s 4x100 team added a fourth-place finish.
Matthew Klassen had a strong individual day for the Tigers. He was fourth in the 100-meter dash and third in the 200-meter race. Teammate Hulizes Ortiz had a pair of top-four finishes in the 400- and 200-meter dashes.
Klassen and Ortiz were also on the Tigers’ second-place 4x200 team. The Tigers were out of the top three following two legs of the race, but Chance Reynolds moved the team to second with a strong third leg. Klassen ran the anchor as the team finished with a time of 1:32.22.
“I saw him picking it up, and we were close, so I went for it,” Klassen said. “We feel good about the finish.”
Bear Lake’s boys finished 13th with 15 points, while Malad’s boys scored six points to finish 17th.
WILSON, ROCKLAND FINISH STRONG
Charlotte Wilson added to her hardware haul Saturday.
After winning the 1A girls triple jump crown Friday at the 1A state championships, Wilson returned to Middleton High and claimed three state medals Saturday, helping the Bulldogs finish third in the girls standings with 39 points. Raft River won with 77.5 points.
Wilson won gold in the 100- and 200-meter races and finished third in the long jump. The junior started Saturday with the long jump, notching a mark of 16 feet, 4 inches. Kendrick’s Cassidy Lustig won with a jump of 16 feet, 7.75 inches.
“It was going to require a more-than-average effort,” Wilson said. “I only got an average performance.”
Wilson rebounded and cruised to a win in the 100, finishing the race in a personal-best time of 12.70.
“It was important to me to get this one,” Wilson said after winning the 100. “I went out and delivered.”
Rockland placed 11th in the boys standings after scoring 26.5 points. The team’s total was boosted Saturday by Caleb Norwood, who finished second and fourth in the boys 110- and 300-meter hurdles, respectively.
The senior closed his prep career with a personal-best mark of 41.05 in the 300 hurdles.
Valley won the boys crown with 101 points.
SISTERS HELP BEAR LAKE EARN TROPHY
Elli, Elise and Josi Kelsey embraced after finishing the girls 1,600-meter race at Middleton High School.
Elli crossed the line first, then came Josi, who was followed by Elise. It was the final race for each at the 2A state championships Saturday. The sisters’ work helped the Bears score 65 points finish fourth in the team standings. Melba won with 98 points.
Bear Lake was led by Elli, who won gold in Friday’s girls 3,200-meter race and Saturday’s 1,600. Elise was second in the 3,200 Friday and girls 800 on Saturday before adding a third-place mark in the 1,600.
Josi finished the two-day event with a fourth-place mark (3,200) and a second-place mark (1,600).
“We support each other,” Elise said following the 1,600. “I always like to tease them like, ‘I’m going to beat you in this race.’ It’s awesome.”
The only other Bear to score this weekend was Chelsea Gundersen, who won Friday’s girls shot put. The Kelseys combined to score 55 points at state.
The Soda Springs girls finished eighth, scoring 38 points, paced by a second-place mark Saturday in the 4x200-meter relay. Kate White crossed the line third in the girls 300 hurdles, while Alexa Horsley added a fourth-place mark in the girls 400-meter race.
Lilia Ebanez was a standout for the West Side girls. Ebanez was third in the girls pole vault, and the Pirates notched the 11th-place mark in the girls team standings.
Aberdeen’s girls placed 16th with 10 points. Yasmine Ortiz was sixth in the girls 100-meter dash.
Snake River’s Lorenzo High placed second in the boys 1,600-meter race Saturday. The Panthers placed 14th in the boys standings with 18.5 points.
Marsh Valley’s boys had a strong team showing. The Eagles claimed the fifth spot in the boys team standings, led by third-place marks from Dane Wissenbach and Troy Wissenbach in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, respectively.
The Marsh Valley girls finished 12 with 22 points. Maycee Lunt was fourth in the girls 100-meter dash.
Snake River’s girls (16 points) placed 16th. Morgan Sensenbach was fifth in the girls 800-meter race.