High School Athletes Go Faster, Higher, and Stronger at 2018 Simplot Games

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Date February 17, 2018

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High School Athletes Go Faster, Higher, and Stronger at 2018 Simplot Games

One meet record falls, and numerous stellar performances define 40th anniversary event

Pocatello, Idaho – The Olympic motto of “Citius, Altius, Fortius” (Greek for faster, higher, stronger) was on full display by high school athletes competing in the 40th annual Simplot Games this weekend in Pocatello, Idaho.

More than 2,200 athletes from the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand—the largest number of registered participants in Simplot Games’ history—gave it their all inside Holt Arena.

Sprinters Arria Minor and Dallin Draper embodied the spirit of faster, winning multiple sprints on the arena’s unique wood track.

Minor, a senior speedster from Denver, won the 60 meters and 400 meters, and also ran the second leg on her team’s winning 4×200-meter relay team.Her 60-meter dash time was 7.41 seconds, and she ran the 400 in 53.47. The Denver Lightning Track club won with a time of 1:41.46.

“I get really nervous before every race, so I was definitely nervous,” Minor said. “I was just trying to think about executing what I needed to do.”

Draper, a senior from Delta, Utah, won both the 60-meter (6.76 seconds) and 200-meter (21.61) dashes. He also won the 60 in last year’s event, and improved on his 2017 fifth place finish in the 200.

“I am really excited that my time improved from last year,” Draper said. “Over the past year I trained a lot smarter and that showed today.”

Higher was displayed with brilliant performances from far and near.

The Games’ second oldest meet record fell as Sondre Guttormsen cleared 17’08.5” in the pole vault. Guttormsen, a senior from Ski, Norway, who is attending high school this year in Davis, Calif., topped the 1986 record of 17’6.25” set by high school vault legend Pat Manson. Guttormsen narrowly missed a final attempt at clearing 18’02.5”.

“I was very happy about the competition overall,” Guttormsen said. “It’s always good to get a meet record, especially when it’s been standing for so long.”

High jump winner Ty Wright, a junior from nearby Shelley, Idaho, soared 6-feet-9-inches to top the field and narrowly missed an attempt at 7 feet while competing under the watchful eyes of Simplot Games chairman and high jump legend Dick Fosbury.

“It doesn’t feel like a national competition because it’s only 40 minutes away, but I love the pressure of it,” Wright said. “My dream has always been to go to the Olympics, so in every sport I do, I try to do my best.”

In the girls’ high jump, senior Josephine Reeves of Hawera, New Zealand, won a thrilling showdown with senior Rylee Anderson of Longmont, Colorado. Both competitors cleared 5’11”, with Reeves winning the tie-breaker. The height represented a personal best for Reeves, and both she and Anderson tried to clear 6’ 1”.

“I was just really happy because I knew I was on the podium,” Reeves said. “I’d already gotten a personal record, but it would have been a bonus to get another.”

Finally, “stronger” was best shown by Trey Knight, a sophomore from Ridgefield, Wash., who won both the weight throw and the shot put. His weight throw mark of 80’ 05.5” wowed the Games’ Thursday night crowd, while his winning toss of 62’11” in the shot put outpaced the field on Saturday afternoon.

“I felt pretty good coming in,” said Knight of his first experience at Simplot Games. “I didn’t know what to expect, but I’m pretty happy with how I did.”

Those performances were just a few of many great events across the events of track and field. Many medals were won, personal bests were achieved, and goals were accomplished as the high school competitors did their best over the Games’ two and a half days of competition.

Joining them were Olympic greats and hundreds of volunteers who ensured that Simplot Games reputation as the nation’s premier high school indoor track and field event remained intact.

Sponsored by the J.R. Simplot Company since 1979, the Simplot Games are held at Idaho State University’s Holt Arena in Pocatello, Idaho.

For results, photos, or more information on Simplot Games, please visit our website at www.simplotgames.com. You may also contact Lisa Woodland at (208) 235-5604 or Simplot Games Media Team at media@simplotgames.com.

More than 2,200 athletes will come from across the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand to participate in the 40th annual Simplot Games. Simplot Games remains the nation’s premier high school indoor track and field event. Sponsored by the J.R. Simplot Company since 1979, the Simplot Games are held at Idaho State University’s Holt Arena in Pocatello, Idaho.

For more information on Simplot Games, please visit our website at www.simplotgames.com. You may also contact Lisa Woodland at (208) 235-5604or Simplot Games Media Team at media@simplotgames.com.

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