Idaho Athlete Standouts in the 2017 Simplot Games Finals

For Immediate Release

Date: 2/18/17

Contact: Levi Gribas

Phone: (208) 220-9604



Idaho Athlete Standouts in the 2017 Simplot Games Finals


Pocatello, Idaho – Lita Forse, a senior from Caldwell, won the shot put at the 2017 Simplot Games to lead a strong showing by Idaho athletes at the 39th annual event on their home turf.


Idaho athletes who placed in their events include the following:


  • Lita Forse, a senior from Caldwell, made her way to the top of the girls shot put podium with a toss of 40’7.5”. Randee Smith from Rigby and Megan Nate from Boise also placed in the finals at third and sixth.
  • Britt Ipsen, a senior from Boise competed in the boys long jump, high jump and triple jump finals. Ipsen placed fourth in the high jump and triple jump, jumping 6’5” in the high jump and bounding 45’6.75”in the triple jump. He placed sixth in the long jump covering a distance 21’9.75”.
  • Lexy Halladay, a freshman from Boise, ran her way to second place on the podium with a time of 5:01.80 in the girls 1600-meter final.
  • Idaho had three athletes on the podium for the girls’ pole vault. Taylen Langin and Paige Dallman, juniors from Meridian took second and fourth place, respectively. Sierra Kiser, a senior from Boise, took fifth.
  • Idaho also had three boys place in the pole vault at Simplot Games. In fourth place there was Mark Sullivan, a junior from Caldwell. Following him, Jacob Englar, a junior from Nampa took fifth, and in sixth place, Darrian Walker, a senior from Boise.


A full list of Idaho medalists is included below.


More than 2,200 athletes came from across the U.S., Canada, and Australia to participate in the 39th 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.


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Idaho Medalist List:

Boys 200 Meter Dash

4th, Caleb Hardy, 12, Boise


Boys 400 Meter Dash

6th, Alex Ayers, 12, Coeur d Alene


Girls 1600 Meter Run

2nd, Lexy Halladay, 9, Boise


Boys 1600 Medley Relay

2nd, Team-Idaho, Boise


Girls 4 x 200 Relay

5th, Team-Idaho, Boise


Girls Shot Put

1st, Lita Forse, 12, Caldwell

3rd, Randee Smith, 12, Rigby

6th, Megan Nate, 12, Boise


Boys Pole Vault

4th, Mark Sullivan, 11, Caldwell

5th, Jacob Englar, 11, Nampa

6th, Darrian Walker, 12, Boise


Girls Pole Vault

2nd, Taylen Langin, 11, Meridian

4th, Paige Dallmann, 11, Meridian

5th, Sierra Kiser, 12, Boise


Boys High Jump

2nd, Ty Wright, 10, Shelley

4th, Britt Ispen, 12, Boise


Girls High Jump

6th, Jada Johnson, 12, Idaho Falls


Boys Long Jump

6th, Britt Ispen, 12, Boise


Boys Triple Jump

4th, Britt Ispen, 12, Boise